Never Give Up, Never Give In (#1 New Age-Religious, Folk-Relig.) by Chet Nichols

Chet Nichols

Broadjam Artist: Chet Nichols
Song: Never Give Up, Never Give In (#1 New Age-Religious, Folk-Relig.)

Reviewer: MGB

Positive Comments: Very smooth flowing well-written piece. At parts, it reminds me very much of Gordon Lightfoot. Very soulful and intelligent lyrics and very good arrangement. Great vocals.

Constructive Comments: Great song!

Lady, Oh, Lady (Solo) by Chet Nichols

Chet Nichols

Broadjam Artist: Chet Nichols
Song: Lady, Oh, Lady (Solo)

Reviewer: Lars Michnevich, a.k.a. Chief Inspector of “Bunko Squad”

Positive Comments: What can I say?… this is a very lovely piece with very clean acoustic guitar sound and playing. Nice voice that is certainly on pitch which is a nice change from some of the current vocal styles where pitch doesn’t seem to matter. Keep on!

Constructive Comments: Again, what can I say? Everything sounded swell for this folky song. If I had one suggestion for you it would be to EQ your gtr. with just a little, and I mean just a little bit more in the lower end. This may make the gtr. A bit “richer” or it could also just be my headphones! Nice job!

Rock Show by RICARDO ALONSO

RICARDO ALONSO

Broadjam Artist: RICARDO ALONSO
Song: Rock Show

Reviewer: Lars Michnevich, a.k.a. Chief Inspector of “Bunko Squad”

Positive Comments: Nice traditional synth sounds, crisp and clear. Good overall mix with decent blend of instruments. This type of tune could easily work in many placements I think. I also like that ther are more than three chords in this song! Keep on!

Constructive Comments: As this is listed as “Prog Rock” I would put some more variation in the drum part and change the dynamics a bit. While the keys atre clear and bright perhaps more bass and baritone instruments or just eq might help out. But I always say that if that’s the way you want your song to sound, then go for it!

Chasing After The Wind by Randal Dunkle

Randal Dunkle

Broadjam Artist: Randal Dunkle
Song: Chasing After The Wind

Reviewer: Lars Michnevich, a.k.a. Chief Inspector of “Bunko Squad”

Positive Comments: Nice little bit of counterpoint happening in some parts of this tune. Your basic mix was decent, keep on writing!

Constructive Comments: There are some out of tune guitar notes that you may or may not have wanted in this song. I also wish you might change the harmonic structure occasionally. I know that the current trend in contemporary songwriting is to have just a few chords and the same chords for verse and chorus, but I must admit I tend to get tired of too must harmonic repetition. That said, it is your song and if that’s what you want, go with it!

Animal by Tommy Stewart

Tommy Stewart

Broadjam Artist: Tommy Stewart
Song: Animal

Reviewer: Lars Michnevich, a.k.a. Chief Inspector of “Bunko Squad”

Positive Comments: As I have a long attention span I enjoyed the intro buildup. Your recording was really pretty good and the mix was also. Your lyrics are appropriate for the style of this tune and your singing was, too. Keep on truckin’!

Constructive Comments: Though your mix was pretty good I wonder if your vocal could be a tad, and I mean just a little bit, louder in the chorus. The drums are crisp and clear but I might lower them just a bit during the verse. Now for my main complaint: I know that current song writing practices have a tendency to be overly repetitive so that I often get “bored” hearing the same chords, (harmonic structure), over and over. This is not a criticism of your song as much as an observation of contemporary practices. Which brings me to my suggestion of putting in a bridge with some different chords to mix it up a bit. If a provider wants just a few chords in a song you can always edit out a bridge, etc. Keep writing!

Scream by Chris Mason

Chris Mason

Broadjam Artist: Chris Mason
Song: Scream

Reviewer: Jeff Roberts

Positive Comments: OK if you slipped this into a playlist of Barenaked Ladies I’d think it was just another tune of theirs I hadn’t heard before. There are hints of REM, Counting Crows, Hootie and the Blowfish, The Connells, and Dawes. The writing, arranging, and performance are just excellent. What a fantastic vocal performance. The drummer swings hard and the bass is working right in there to drive the tune along with deft parts that weave out from the purely straight ahead but never drop the groove. Great rhythm guitar playing and tone. It’s a classic tune in the jangle vein that came out in the late 80’s, and it would have been a hit then. I still think this is relevant though because the arrangement and writing are so strong and classic, regardless of current vogue. This is so so good!!

Constructive Comments: DON’T do the change-up at the end–it totally kills what you’ve got going. Just end it at 2:38 and make the tag bigger.I think the acoustic guitar is too much stereo? Maybe bias is more to a side with a reverb return to the other side. It sounds good but it’s taking up a lot of room that fights against hearing some of the great piano licks and other e-guitar bits.The lead guitar parts between verses maybe come up a bit?

ICU by Fred Kimmel

Fred Kimmel

Broadjam Artist: Fred Kimmel
Song: ICU

Reviewer: Jeff Roberts

Positive Comments: This tune is hard funk rock bomb!! Of course it’s a lot like Lenny Kravitz, and that’s a good thing. The bass & guitar are a bit Chili Peppers but really I think the writing and vocals are a hell of a lot better than RHCP. I think there’s a lot of room left for music in this vein. The vocal performance is top notch, and the lyrics/phrasing/melody are smash hit level. Bass and guitar parts are just bullies in the playground making all the normal kids run home crying. The changes underneath the solo section are really cool and fresh. There are sonic issues compromising full enjoyment but DAMN this is good–it’s one I’d listen to regularly. Tremendous work here!!

Constructive Comments: PLEASE NOTE: I love this tune and what you’ve done. But the mix is a trainwreck. You gotta get this one right because it’s freakin great tune!There are major EQ issues here. There’s a general mix scooping of the mids with too much of the very low and way too much of the >12K –it’s hurting my ears at a volume that I’d want to hear this tune. I know you want bass thunder but don’t do it at the expense of the *song*. For anything but the kick the <100hz frequencies have a paradoxical effect of killing the energy of a tune, so make the bass audible and fat but you can't make it the Wind of Thor and still have a song left. I'd want to try a bit less of a stereo feel on the rhythm guitar and make it more Nile Rodgers with jangly straight sound and no chorus. The solo guitar parts have a really harsh square wave distortion--it would be so good if it were saturated & driven but sweet.

NIGHT AND DAY by Earl.C.Webb

Earl.C.Webb

Broadjam Artist: Earl.C.Webb
Song: NIGHT AND DAY

Reviewer: Massimo Carola

Positive Comments: well done, nice and clean.

Constructive Comments: I believe a tone down would be a better key, and maybe also the timber could loos that “tube” sound. It’s a great demo but just for the voice. The rest is too static to be taken seriously and there is no interplay, a very important aspect of a recording.