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?

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