Joined: 13 Oct 2009
|Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:16 am Post subject:
Fabrice Fombrun : The slow/mid tempo love songs can get old rather quickly with exasperating lyrics and descants, fortunately with “Jou Ma Merite’l”, an exceptionally soulful and well-written ballad, Fabrice sidesteps the humdrum and delivers minimalist yet captivating melodies and stanzas.
Detay’s Assure’m is an excellent and unforgettable piece of music; mature, clean, and classic.
K-mistry is a band that possesses all the elements to enter the HMI in its current state, “Pou la Vie” is amazing, but sounds extremely familiar. If you are someone who thoroughly enjoys the typical kompa band sound, this is for you. If this band wants to be in the music business, they will need to sit down and draft their identity because talent is not lacking and I would hate for it to be wasted sounding like what we’ve been hearing for the past decade.
Method: Jardin Verite is an excellent song. Nice beat and you can definitely dance to it. The singer sings on key and does not strain, he sings clearly and articulately. The chorus/hook is very easy to remember. Jardin Verite would have fallen in the same category of K-Mistry had it not been for the singer’s voice, the bolded sentences above still apply.
I never thought a Haitian hip-hop song would make it to my top 6, but here I am with “Bek Fen” by Tony Poze. While the hook could use better singing, this one gets it right and succeeds.
WILL DREY featuring Mylah "Puppy Love": A very modern American hip-hop/R&B styled song, along the lines of T.I., Lil Wayne, Rihanna et al. Mylah is very impressive and delivers well. The rapper does, however, rap with an accent I am not sure how that would cross over. It is a good representation musically of what is popular out there.
ANDY SEXY & KLOZ "Gizele" The music is very good, the flow is steady. Instrumentals sound very clean, although I am not sure whether the lead singer is actually singing on key sometimes. This is however a great song to dance to. The singing sounds much better when the entire band is at it. If they were going to auto-tune this song, they should have done it the all the way through.
Hypnotik “Fanm Sa”: Love the lyrics when he is singing in Kreyol. I actually hate it when Haitian Compas singers sing in English with an accent. That is a personal hang up of mine. There is a part on the song where the keyboard or whatever it is almost sounds like it's off beat. The hook of this song, however, is AWESOME. The music is good but I’m not crazy about the ad lib over the song.
UNIT KREYOL LA’s rapping in Konsey Pratik is top notch, the production does minimal justice to the songs and lyrics, but these guys sound very advanced in their craft, they just need quality production to complement their talent.
Perri Pierre “Gratis” Personally, I have never liked songs whose lyrics contain half of the local and chain restaurants and other famous Haitian fruits and platters, but I do like the hook even more so because the sentiments are present. Side: Please no more siromiel caramel…
Sarah Jane Rameu’s Miss You Song I admire and respect the concept of this piece. I like how they incorporate the lyrics within. That being said, the length of a song is crucial to its success and how the public consumes it; a short song is not an issue, but one that is fragmentary does create problem and may diminish one’s abilities to appreciate it.
CHILLYSTAR "Prophecy" made the cut because I felt like the message was sincere, the rappers take their words seriously however the application (Re:music) is flat and sounds a bit amateurish. The second rapper’s voice is more forceful and takes the song to another level. What Prophecy might need is a better and more polished beat.
Oxygenbox band: Mix a reggae tune with rock guitars and you get “Lonely”, the melody of the song is refreshing and begging to be delivered by an amazing vocalist which the singer is not. The singing, actually, hindered my ability to appreciate the song. The guitar solo is, nevertheless, marvelous.
Marc Menard "Viens Chante": This song is a could-have-been and it wasn’t, the singer’s voice leaves a lot to be desired and when I was getting ready to soften up at this song, the “Everything’s gonna be alright” part just sent me over the edge.
Angelo: Is “Competition” a history of Compas? Apparently it is. I find the lyrics distracting. If I were trying to dance to this song, the lyrics would distract me. The music is heavy synthesizers; I can barely hear the bass or guitar. I am not even sure there is an actual live guitar or a synthesizer mimicking a guitar, that along can't be a good thing. The singer has a good voice. I am not sure there is anything special about the song. It doesn't really pick up until the end.
ROSEMAY "YOU'RE My Baby": Rosemay’s voice is very processed and that is a distraction. The music is a nice change of pace, a little faster then what we have been hearing. But as a whole the song lacks a LOT, it doesn't have any sense of punch or power. The hook tries but when she starts singing, that processed sound it turns me off and it does little to hide her vocal weaknesses.
TYRORO "Vire Gade'm" does not sound professional and therefore needs a lot of work, it sounds like Tyroro is singing into Styrofoam cup and that along affected my ability to listen and enjoy it.
VALERY PRECILIEN "Chagrin Lanmou" is dramatic, way too dramatic; the music is not bad, I like the background singing, but the ad libs made me want to punch someone. This isn’t a bad song, but it needs a lot of work.
Package “Going out”: The beginning of the song sounds like the troubled lovechild of Top Adlerman with some angry rapper wannabe somewhere and they’ll both be fighting for custody soon. The lyrics are just too amateurish, if there is a man out there that needs someone to tell to take their wife/gf out in such elementary format, they probably should not have a partner in the first place. If Package wants to have a serious career, they need to retire this song as soon as possible.
I don’t usually review songs from different artists and bands because it takes me a while before most songs get to me (some never do), however I was generally very impressed with the level of talent and know-how certain contestants demonstrated. The plan was to originally review all songs, but I let the songs spoke to me (for better or for worse) and some, unfortunately, did not. Giving constructive criticism is as tough as receiving it, that is the reason why I selected my choices carefully.
- Singing is a God-given talent and not everyone has been blessed with it
- The music business is not for everyone
- You’ll be criticized from the day you enter this business till forever, learn how to deal with that beforehand.
- Production can make or break a song, paying a top producer that can work with your style and improve it is not a splurge, but an indispensable investment.
- Have an identity, you are already unique; use that to your advantage. Not everyone will like you when you sound different, but they will at least respect that you do.
I want to thank all of you for blessing us with their talent and having the courage to put yourself out there, which is never an easy task nor will it ever be. I do respect your courage for taking the risk and hopefully accepting all the criticisms you have been given. I hope this isn’t the last I’m hearing from you all and best of luck to everyone.