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.

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