Production can make or break you. Case in point: Yclept.
I tried so hard to dismiss this band no matter how many times
I listened to them. But the more I listened, the more I realized
there was something there that I couldn't just write off.
So here I am, stuck in a place where I can't quite recommend
the band, but I know they are mere freshmen in the music scene,
naïve if you will, approaching their music from the wrong
angle. So that's where I have to come in as a hard-ass and try
and set them straight.
There are some decent licks here that seem wasted, and good writing
that appears bland; the album falls flat, not from writing or
talent, but from production. Overall it has a unidimensional feel,
uninspired and limp, like this was an afterthought. Structuring
of the material could have been better, but a good producer could
have helped that. In fact a lot, if not all, of their problems
could have been solved by a good producer.
So I want to encourage this band to stay with it and just keep
writing, because they do have something going for them, and now
they just need to find the right producer to help them refine
it into something memorable.
1) Voice of Reason
2) Better Not
4) Pre Cursor
5) Atlas Shrugs
7) Between the Lines
8) I Reside
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