Off The Map by Amy Otey

Amy Otey

Broadjam Artist: Amy Otey
Song: Off The Map

Reviewer: Good Advice

Positive Comments: I liked the energy you brought to this song. All the instruments and the vocals were really well recorded. For the most part the arrangement was pretty good, wasn’t a huge fan of the back to back instrument solos in the middle there, but all in all pretty good.

Constructive Comments: I knew before the vocals ever started that this recording had serious issues. The instruments were so loud I knew there was no way there was any room for the vocals in the mix and that they would be drowned out. I was right, you got a low mark in lyrics because I could only hear about a third of them.The balance is so out of whack among all the parts that it really hurts your song to the point of distraction. I was near impossible to focus on things like arrangement and song construction and lyrics because of the bad levels. It is such a shame because all the instruments and vocals all appear to be well recorded. You have to pay attention to that. when everything is just as loud as it can be, everything just gets drowned out. The horn was the worse and loudest of all the things in the mix. it was as if you performed this song in concert and issued everyone their own horn player to stand next to everyone to play directly into their ears. That is how obtrusive it was! It was a fine element, well played, well recorded, fit with the song, and it was just so damn loud in a sea of other too loud instruments. Of all the recording errors to make to not be able to adjust the volumes and achieve a balance is a rookie mistake compared to the otherwise high quality of everything else going on. I hope you take the time to fix it, because I would never want to hear this again the way it is right now, and I liked the song from what I heard.

Humans in HEAT by Peter G Olach – PGO

Peter G Olach - PGO

Broadjam Artist: Peter G Olach – PGO
Song: Humans in HEAT

Reviewer: Jeff Maguire

Positive Comments: Sounds like ZZ Top with a touch of Jimi thrown in for good measure, cool song , solid groove, vocal tone is perfect for this type of tune … Billy and Jimi give it a big thumbs up.

Constructive Comments: Overall this is really solid, vocals are right there, guitar is very nicely played, no fluff notes, bass/drum groove is solid and supportive. Two hopefully constructive suggestions would be :1:) Shorten into, it really does sound like an instrumental at first and most peoples attentions spans are not necessarily long.2:) There’s one change at about one minute that’s kind of a pretty descending chord melody line that , while it is a nice line, to my ear sounds out of place. It only happens once and just doesn’t belong in this tune … IMO . Great solid, rockin tune overall.

WOULDN’T LIFE BE EASY? by MGB

MGB

Broadjam Artist: MGB
Song: WOULDN’T LIFE BE EASY?

Reviewer: Anxious Rabbit

Positive Comments: Intriguing – easy listing vibe

Constructive Comments: Had trouble following the lyrics – so, read them – a lot of metaphors and symbolism made it hard to get a complete handle on what the song was actually about – the tempo felt as if it could have been picked up a bit – and mix was imbalanced [ levels seem to be uneven at times ]

WOULDN’T LIFE BE EASY? by MGB

MGB

Broadjam Artist: MGB
Song: WOULDN’T LIFE BE EASY?

Reviewer: Anxious Rabbit

Positive Comments: Intriguing – easy listing vibe

Constructive Comments: Had trouble following the lyrics – so, read them – a lot of metaphors and symbolism made it hard to get a complete handle on what the song was actually about – the tempo felt as if it could have been picked up a bit – and mix was imbalanced [ levels seem to be uneven at times ]

The Lights Are Always On In Nashville by Amy Otey

Amy Otey

Broadjam Artist: Amy Otey
Song: The Lights Are Always On In Nashville

Reviewer: Anxious Rabbit

Positive Comments: always good to use a production house when the song calls for it – Good musicianship – nice tempo

Constructive Comments: sorry song sounds a bit dated – not what is currently coming out of Nashville or on the Radio – Market Potential? Yes,..if there is a request for a very specific story line about a young woman trying to make it as a struggling songwriter in Nashville – Always good to, if hoping to place your song, is to hire a pro demo signer and have the song mastered. Keep written.

Head Up High (Barrett/Dunkle) by Randal Dunkle

Randal Dunkle

Broadjam Artist: Randal Dunkle
Song: Head Up High (Barrett/Dunkle)

Reviewer: Anxious Rabbit

Positive Comments: liked the chime sounds and tempo of song and the lyrical idea

Constructive Comments: Hi, if you’re doing this for your own amusement or to share with friends – Great – if you are hoping for something more in the way of commercial success – having the song professionally produced and having a pro vocalist handle the vocals will take this song to a much higher plane than the one it’s currently on. Once that done it may stand a decent chance at qualifying for a sync placement in film – t.v. or ad campaign. Keep writing!