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Electric Alternative - Do You Do You?

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nineofkings
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835 posts since 9 Apr, 2011

Postby nineofkings; Sun May 04, 2014 10:28 am Electric Alternative - Do You Do You?

Another one with lots of energy concealing a message about society (I hope that doesn't sound pretentious). This one's simultaneously full of attitude and poppy.

http://soundcloud.com/nine-of-kings/do-you-do-you
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Frantz
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Postby Frantz; Sun May 04, 2014 5:42 pm Re: Electric Alternative - Do You Do You?

I think this is a very good song with some nice variations, interesting arrangement details, and good lyrics.

Unfortunately, I'd rate this as a miss instead of a hit because the vocal performance doesn't work IMO. In the verse, you are hitting a (falsetto?) high note several times which I find distracting. It's not terrible but it's what I focus on because it stands out.

The chorus should be very strong. It's got energy and attitude but you sound like a drunk guy at a bar doing karaoke. You can't just yell off key even if it's supposed to be punky and aggressive.

I'd like to hear you do a different vocal take on this. I do think the song is solid and has lots of potential.
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nineofkings
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Postby nineofkings; Mon May 05, 2014 6:37 pm Re: Electric Alternative - Do You Do You?

Thank you for your honesty. The vocal on the verses is clearly a weak point. The chorus, though, I think is acceptable. The melody is very simple (4th, 5th, and 7th - literally 3 notes), and secondary to the other elements. The naturalness of expression afforded by a looser definition of vocal pitch fits the song, I think.
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Frantz
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Postby Frantz; Mon May 05, 2014 7:04 pm Re: Electric Alternative - Do You Do You?

Listening again my opinion hasn't changed. I like the song but don't like the vocal performance. I think it doesn't help that the chorus vocals are so loud and not really sitting in the mix. I'm curious if anyone else has an opinion on the vocals.
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ccDuckett
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200 posts since 14 Jun, 2011, from Earth

Postby ccDuckett; Mon May 05, 2014 7:53 pm Re: Electric Alternative - Do You Do You?

I think the vocals could work if the entire production were "dirtied up" a bit, as it reminds me of some of the local alternative band 45s played on college radio in Boston during the early-mid 80's.. some of those bands lost their audience, once they got into a "big studio" and couldn't resist playing with all the expensive fancy toys available to them- the sound became "too clear" and the rawness and grit of low-budget recording which balanced their pop aspects were lost. I think I understand that balance of pop and attitude you're going for, and I just think it needs a bit more "ugly" in the production to play against the pop ingredients. Hope this makes sense...
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