Demo Reviews Vol. 45

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Hey guys, Welcome to another edition of Demo Reviews. That thing where you send me demos of your music and I review them for shits a giggles (or tears). Judging from the questions I get everyweek, it’s clear that no one reads these intros. so, with faint hopes of avoiding answering the same questions, i’m going all caps on this one:
Got it? cool.
Anyway, the reviews work like so: I write a blurb of my thoughts then arbitrarily review the demos on a scale of 1-10 in these categories:

This weeks batch is one that tried hard at times…and at other times, I question if they even understand their audience (aka me) on any level. I dunno. You be the judge and vote for you favorite demo at the bottom. Let’s go…

Artist: Lean automatic
Song: Civil King

While I don’t doubt there is someone out there this appeals to , I am not that person. This beat is gonna give me a seizure. It’s like an underground version of LMFAO. The mellow parts are listenable but, man, when it gets busy…not dope. Rapping wise, the guy is okay. But he’s so overshadowed by the beat it’s hard to even focus on anything else.
Production:2 out of 10
Vocals: 4 out of 10
Listenability: 3 out of 10
originality: 4 out of 10

Song:Color outside the lines

This may not make sense but this is a very demo-y demo. It’s got all the facets. A decent beat that’s slightly amateurish. A rapper who’s not quite fully formed yet. And recording quality that’s a little off. In that sense, it’s a perfect submission. But, as a song I wanna listen to, it’s not on the spectrum. I’d say it’s the beginnings of something but , i dunno. the rapper sounds like me when I used to rap and that’s never a good sign for long term rap success.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:3.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Careful Crosser
Song: So Very Slow (Ft. Jhost)

Hmm…this is heading in an interesting direction but, as the same time, could go a few ways. On one hand, it’s got a wispy pop sensibility to it that could lead to something out of the underground. That’s not exactly high praise though. On the other, it could become one of those emo indie groups that only girls like. Problem is…well a few things. The beat is okay but needs a complete overhaul on all the sounds used. The ideas are there. The execution is not. The vocals are REALLY quiet. Also, they’re kinda bad. They don’t stand out ,from a vocal skill perspective, and the melody is pretty boring.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:3 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Phrase Mob
Song: Elysium

So emotional! Someone else will love this. Not me, but someone. I’ve said this before on here, but I’m well over this kind of emotional rap song. I just don’t care to hear about anyones vague life struggles anymore. It’s like an distant acquaintance complaining to you over a sad beat on the phone. That said, this is at least well executed. Well recorded. The beat is solid. The rappers do what they’re supposed to. Notice how I didn’t even mention they’re not american? I’m growing up guys.
Production:4.5 out of 10
Vocals:4.5 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Vectrino
Song:Come on home

This is fine. It’s more a beat than a song though and does that thing where a producer takes one song as a sample source and flips a bunch of different parts. That’s fine and all but it’s limiting , as far as where the song can go. This would sound good with a rapper on it though. But, overall, it’s solid.
Production:5 out of 10
Listenability:5 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Shadowpact
Song: no Comment

Nothing really wrong with this one. I don’t like the rappers voices but they can rap pretty well and put together a song nicely. The beat is good. A lot of sequencing here helps too cause it keeps the song moving along nicely and it never gets boring. I would advise against ever saying “lyrical phenomenon” ever on a song though. Not a good look.
Production:5 out of 10
Vocals:5 out of 10
Listenability:5.5 out of 10
originality:4 out of 10

Artist: Sean Be
Song: February

I’m sorry…I tried. I just can’t take this accent seriously. It’s not you , it’s me. It just sounds so ridiculous to me. But, lemme be an adult and remove that from my mind space.
The beat is not very good at all. Just very amateurish. SKill Wise, the rapper is struggling. He runs off beat a few times and the way he uses his voice comes off as goofy. My guess is that this is someone just beginning.
Production:2.5 out of 10
Vocals:3 out of 10
Listenability:3 out of 10
originality:3 out of 10

Artist: Courtesy
Song: S.A.D. Shit

Well, that was weird as fuck. I honestly don’t even know what to think. The beat is very abstract but also not at all enjoyable to listen to. So, points for trying something different. That card shuffle sounding drum roll needs to get turned down like a motherfucker. The rapping is okay but is kinda over taken by the beat. He sounds like he’s in an emotional space. It’s #sadboy week on demo reviews, clearly.
Production:4 out of 10
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:6 out of 10

Artist:Nagasaki Sound Sysytem

I honestly can’t imagine a worse song if I tried. I’m not the target audience for this at all but this is the musical equivalent to being forced to talk to a very coked up person in high speed while driving though an obstacle course.. Just a mess. What the hell is going on here? Is that a duck being murdered? I’m old.
On the bright side, I suppose it’s original.
Production:2 out of 10
Listenability:1 out of 10
originality:6 out of 10

Artist:M AA SSS
Song: Alien Alibi

These last two songs got me wondering if people who send me demo’s even read these reviews or know anything about me. At least this is listenable. But, yeah, i’m not a folk music guy. I have no opinion on stuff like this. When i was in college I called this music “jinga jinga music” cause that’s all I heard. The guitars going “Jinga jinga”.
The singer is okay at times and kinda flat at other times. The guitar riffs are very typical of the genre. I dunno. Why did you send me this, bro?
Vocals:4 out of 10
Listenability:4 out of 10
originality:2 out of 10

So, what do you think?

15 thoughts on “Demo Reviews Vol. 45

  1. what would it take for a song to get all 10s in demo reviews? If you could review some songs throughout history, demo or not demos…. which are some that would receive all 10s?

      • Funny, that’s the same with women! The perfect 10 is nothing more than an impervious illusion

    • I like this idea though… It’d probably be hard to separate the fact that you’ve already heard it and dissect like you do in demo reviews but it would be a fun read. Looking at “Live at the Barbecue” or something similar for instance.

  2. I feel like Nagasaki sent that song in as joke. I hope he did. I also feel like people voted for it as the best song as a joke. I hope they did.

  3. Man, I’ve been a fan of phrase mob for a couple years now,
    Not sure why they picked that song for review, Theres a ton more better sequenced tracks that would fit way better

  4. that first song. that shit hurt to listen to…the actual rappin would be alright to a different beat but it is just headache inducing

  5. Dear Blockhead,

    A new rogglecast this week or else. (or else I will be slightly/mildly disappointed). Zero Pressure!

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