START YOUR ENGINES! (Inst.) by Martie Echito

Martie Echito

Broadjam Artist: Martie Echito

Reviewer: Jeff Roberts

Positive Comments: Slick and badass intro!! It almost sounds like tabla drums coming into a Bollywood groove but then it goes Jeff Beck. There’s some hot guitar playing going on here.

Constructive Comments: The guitar has way too much gain on it–it’s coming through really raspy. You’ve got an octaver on it too during the riffs, no? It’s a cool guitar part but you gotta clean up the tone some it comes through tight and heavy but with a good presence.

Loose Jing 2 by Marc S. Pate

Marc S. Pate

Broadjam Artist: Marc S. Pate
Song: Loose Jing 2

Reviewer: HarryBudini

Positive Comments: It’s a one guitar show, the guitar is all there is in this blues instrumental, but it’s an impressive guitar playing, so you don’t feel like there’s something missing – it’s very smooth and dynamic, it says what it has to says and then just go away, in 1 minutes 24 seconds, and they’re a pleasant time.

Constructive Comments: Nothing to say. It’s good as it is.

Joy to Be a Mother by Kate Carpenter

Kate Carpenter

Broadjam Artist: Kate Carpenter
Song: Joy to Be a Mother

Reviewer: Jeff Roberts

Positive Comments: This sounds like a classic from the 60’s like Holly Near. Nice happy mood, and very clear conviction in the performance!!

Constructive Comments: The overall sound is bit murky, like maybe this was transferred from tape? Nevertheless it’s got a good vinyl vibe. The vocals get a bit pedantic at the cost of a more flowing phrasing and musicality.

Beautiful Sound by Dave Haddad (CenterPeace)

Dave Haddad (CenterPeace)

Broadjam Artist: Dave Haddad (CenterPeace)
Song: Beautiful Sound

Reviewer: Brenda Craven

Positive Comments: What a wonderful message within this music and lyrics. In a world full of chaos and violence, more positive, encouraging, and hope filled music is needed. When mere words and speeches are not effective, music moves the heart, emotion, and thoughts. This song does it all. Great music, great vocals, and the lyrics are stellar. I’m very impressed with what has been submitted here!

Constructive Comments: Not one critique from me.

After 8 by Billy Pilgrim

Billy Pilgrim

Broadjam Artist: Billy Pilgrim
Song: After 8

Reviewer: Jon Babb

Positive Comments: I really enjoyed the early 90’s feel to this track — very nostalgic. Just the pads, instrumentation and style of this song is enough to make anyone happy. You seem to play around with quite a few different effects too which I like! I really miss hearing this sort of music and it makes me long for the glory days of 90’s TV. Are you sure you’re not Bruce Hornsby?

Constructive Comments: There is not much that I find wrong with the track, although I think the keys could use more reverb to give it a fuller sound. I would also suggest adding some background vocals — even synth vox or oohs and aahs to keep the nostalgic mood that the song expresses. I think the track as a whole is well arranged, but sometimes the spacey pads distract me a bit. Overall well done!

We’ve Never Let Go Of Our Dream (Pop) by Chet Nichols

Chet Nichols

Broadjam Artist: Chet Nichols
Song: We’ve Never Let Go Of Our Dream (Pop)

Reviewer: Dave Haddad (CenterPeace)

Positive Comments: Nice recording. Clean intro draws in the listener. Kind of Latin feel, could apply a Bossa Nova(ish) on this one. Nice Chorus. Very beautiful chord progression, good groove and I like the arrangement I loved the Coda where you grooved on the reprise to the fade… You don’t hear music written like that much anymore so the more I hear it the more happy I am. So many good things about this track, love the live feel and respect for the song writer!! Al the elements are there and shinning… super nice bridge and guitar break leading back to the hook. There are too many great hooks in this song to count!

Constructive Comments: Would have liked a more prominent drum track. The drum machine parts are buried leaving me feeling something is missing sonically. My man Chet, you and I need to do a collaboration…… If you have something laying around that needs drums, it’s on me. 🙂

Watching Anime with Friends (demo) by Jeremy Shaskus

Jeremy Shaskus

Broadjam Artist: Jeremy Shaskus
Song: Watching Anime with Friends (demo)

Reviewer: SRJ

Positive Comments: * True to its genre using a wide range of electronic sounds and beats* The production qualities are high – good use of instrumentation and arrangement

Constructive Comments: * The melody on top of the chord progression sounds a bit child-like – but this could be intentional…

Wasted Days by Richard Walker

Richard Walker

Broadjam Artist: Richard Walker
Song: Wasted Days

Reviewer: Jeff Roberts

Positive Comments: It just hit me–this sounds like a lost Traffic tune!! The vocals remind me of Nick Drake too. That groove is a classic Traffic beat, and of course you’ve got both killer piano work and organ in there. Love the vocal timbre, vocal phrasing & melody, Wurlitzer electric, acoustic piano, organ and slinky drum beat, all of which are really well engineered too. Excellent lyrics. I really dig this –nice work!

Constructive Comments: I’d drop the acoustic alone part of the intro–the acoustic guitar sound is a bit “piezo”, and I don’t like the lead guitar lines that you pickup with because it’s got a happy, jam band sound that doesn’t fit with the mood that dominates most of the tune. I’d really like to hear you rework it starting right out with the keys. And get away from bang-dang-a-lang quitar strum rhythm that’s more Greatful Dead. I think the bass could drive the beat a bit more working close with the drums instead of following along after the beat. This would a tremendous amount of energy I bet. Nice work!