Welcome to a new segment here in the User Reviews, where I take your top ten most played songs, and 'critically analyse' them (Read: Rip them to shreds).
This week, I'll be analysing the top ten of the greatly under-celebrated shrekfan246, who was also nice enough to supply me with direct YouTube links in his PM.
Let's get down to business!
10. Freeze - Hourcast
So this kicked off like an album track from one of the whinier grunge bands, and stayed that way. In fact, it probably is an album track from one of the whinier grunge bands, but the song certainly doesn't inspire me to investigate Hourcast any further to find out.
The 'to yooouuuu' drift-offs from the chorus are just one example of how poor the overall song composition was, and the return to the original slow notes of the beginning for the finale was an uninspiring cliché to say the least.
9. Die Tonight, Live Forever - Innerpartysystem
There are bits that I like here, in terms of the backing music, but they all drag on just a little bit too long and repeat a bit too often. I also hate the faded shout effect they keep using on the singer, and all the lyrics are vapid at best. Not great, and outstays its welcome.
8. Stay Awhile - Belle Histore
Well this is a delightful little hipster tune, and it's borrowed a few pop elements too! I like the catchy main tune, but around the 1:45 mark stuff got a little too phoned-in for me with the background oh-ing and main singer echo-ing. Still, it's a refreshing and breezy little nothing tune, though I imagine it'd get repitive with multiple listens.
7. Give In - Siamese Fighting Fish
The intro was not promising, but it thankfully ended up slightly more variation than such a start might have indicated. Awesome band name aside, I have a very mixed opinion of the song. I really like some aspects of it, and there's some great verse music going on, but I find the loud guitar segments slightly outstay their welcome once again. Personal taste and all that, but I just found it to be the blandest of background noise when it got going.
6. A Man of Science - Orbs
We're exploring a real mix of genre's here, aren't we? Well, all aboard the fun train bound for bad prog rock! The musicians are doing an alright job, even that kind of tuneless styling isn't to my taste, but oh god who chose that singer? Horrible voice, and a terrible range as well.
5. Desert of Song - Between The Buried And Me
Clearly talented guitarists involved, and the singer is certainly much better here, but I just found myself bored. Even the chorus couldn't drag me back in, and I had to play it through three times just to make myself focus on it.
4. Dragonfly Across An Ancient Sky - Helios
It's melodic and it's peaceful - bar the people walking down the stairs in the background, stop that! Not a lot more to be said about such an instrumental. Not my favourite, but then I'm more of a Sigur Ros fan.
3. Amarillo Sleeps On My Pillow - Fair To Midland
Whilst I prefer it to most of the other tracks in shrekfan's list, I still can't say I actually like it. It's a shame actually, I had been hoping it would continue in the same melodic vein as its opening, but the choruses have slightly too much of those loud bassy riffs. It all feels a bit off with everything else they're doing at the start, but then that's progressive rock for you! Towards the end I lost most of my interest really, as all the loud guitars just became a blur of tuneless bass chords.
2. Vacant Mouth - Underoath
Aside from the bridges without the guitar, this whole song just hurt my ears. Shouting and loud guitar sounds, nothing that interests me. In fact, most of it sounded like a bad chorus from a 30 Seconds to Mars B-Side...
1. Asthenia - Blink 182
Well thankfully we can wrap things up on a slightly more pleasant note - I like this one!
Tom DeLonge's voice is a bit of a sticking point for some - it's the very stereotype of whiny teen-rock - but it's one I grew up with, so I can very much bear it. One of the better Blink-182 songs, though it teases at the end with the intro note to 'Always', which is even better.
Tell me why I'm wrong/ praise my judgement in the comments below, and please submit your Top Ten Most Played to me via PM - I'll get through my backlog eventually!
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