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    old tune, brand new recording - "Not That Bad"

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    I posted a demo of this tune wayyy back --- probably going on 8 years now or so. Finally got around to recording it "properly" for the album, and here 'tis. Thanks for checking it out.

    02 Not That Bad.mp3
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    That was not that bad.

    (Sorry, I couldn't resist).

    But to me the vocal sounded a bit too up front. The rest sounds good.

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    Cool tune. Right up my alley in terms of style.

    I enjoyed it

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4tracker View Post
    Not that bad.

    (Sorry, I couldn't resist).

    But to me the vocal sounded a bit too up front. The rest sounds good.
    You know, when I first posted the demo of this song 8 years ago, I said, "And though I know it might be tempting, if you could refrain from saying 'not that bad,' it would be appreciated." BOOM, first comment: "It's not that bad!" Ha! This time I figured I wouldn't say that to see what happened. Oh well, I guess it was meant to be.

    Thanks for the listen! Does this one veer further away from my Beatles influence in your opinion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by polarity View Post
    Cool tune. Right up my alley in terms of style.

    I enjoyed it
    Thanks! I appreciate it.
    famous beagle

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    Yeah, Beagle, less Beatlesy, but it does remind me a little bit of "Something" by George Harrison. The tones and guitar movements do. But it's distant enough that I didn't think of it right away. Good piece.

    I know that was an awful joke and so predictable
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    Sounds good - the complexity of the arrangement gives each section its own personality. And I like the introduction of the synth in the chorus. My only nit would be that the low synth part (like at 1:10) is too prominent. I'd either tame the low end, or drop the volume slightly at that point. But very good song, and good performance!

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    I like this song. I like the structure and the changing landscape. There are some sounds that are like spices . . . they work best as hints. In this track that includes stuff like the glockenspeil sound, which, for me, was a bit too dominant. I wasn't all that keen on the synth sounds either, and maybe they could have been pushed back too.

    But I really enjoyed listening to the song. Well done!

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    Another really good one for the album!

    My likes; nice gradual build then the breakdown to just acoustic and lead vocal toward the end, then another smaller build, then down again to the end. Good variation while maintaining volume control so it doesn't just die at the breakdowns, and doesn't overwhelm at the builds. Each individual instrument and voice is clearly heard with no mush. Easy to distinguish and enjoy the individual contribution of every element. Superb arrangement!

    My dislikes; none.

    First thing my wifey said was Beatles influence. She's not even a huge Beatles fan but she really liked this. I didn't hear the fabs in there though have only listened twice. I normally notice an influence, but not this time.

    Nice work.

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    There's a click? at about 7 secs around the word "didn't". Could be mouth noise. Nothing serious I only heard it on the third listen (player on repeat)
    Nice mix - no nits for me. Especially like the "intimacy of the vocals. Beatles? Hmmm not to me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jm67 View Post
    Sounds good - the complexity of the arrangement gives each section its own personality. And I like the introduction of the synth in the chorus. My only nit would be that the low synth part (like at 1:10) is too prominent. I'd either tame the low end, or drop the volume slightly at that point. But very good song, and good performance!
    Thanks for the listen and comments. I must admit, I kind of like the massiveness of that low synth in the chorus, but maybe we went a little bit too far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gecko zzed View Post
    I like this song. I like the structure and the changing landscape. There are some sounds that are like spices . . . they work best as hints. In this track that includes stuff like the glockenspeil sound, which, for me, was a bit too dominant. I wasn't all that keen on the synth sounds either, and maybe they could have been pushed back too.

    But I really enjoyed listening to the song. Well done!
    Thanks much! I appreciate the listen.
    famous beagle

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