Joined: 20 Jan 2009
|Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:58 pm Post subject:
|This was extremely tough. I narrowed down my choices to a top 10 after sending each song into 3 categories:
1) OUT! Could not listen to again. If sent to office, return to sender.
2) ARCHIVE! If this was sent in a package to my office, I would save it in a folder to listen to again in the future. Good but not special.
3) BRAVO! Really caught my attention at the first try. Played over and over again right then and there. Did not go in the trash or a folder. Stayed on my desk.
My top 10 after all of that (in the order that I heard them):
13. Gues "Leve Wale"
16. K-Mistry "Pou La Vie"
19. Metod "Jardin Verite"
24. Package "Going Out"
25. Paola "Men Inme'w"
26. Perri Pierre "Gratis"
29. Tigger One "Lespri Nou"
30. Ti Moun a Zion " Ton Regne"
31. Tony Poze "Bek Fen"
35. Will DRey feat. Mylah "Puppy Love"
I listened to each one over and over again to see who really stood out the most. Who came with the whole package? Who did it better than the others? And my final top 5 choices in order are:
1st Place: Tigger One "Lespri Nou"
2nd Place: Ti Moun A Zion "Ton Regne"
3rd Place: K-Mistry "Pou La Vie"
4th Place: Metod "Jardin Verite"
5th Place: Gues "Leve Wale"
My Simon Cowell thoughts on each song are below for your reading pleasure.
Andy Sexy & Kloz "Gizele"
Sorry! Nothing about this song stands out for me. Very very elementary. The singing is not impressive and the lyrics are weak. Could not and cannot listen to it over again. One listen and I was done.==OUT!
I love the voice but I feel like he's playing it safe with the singing. He's not showing his full potential. This topic has been abused so much and nothing in the song makes you say "WOW!" with the music and lyrics. I listened to it twice to see if a second listen would change my first impression and/or I would find something new. Nada!==OUT!
Bnice "In Da Club"
Stick to the Haitian-Creole pelase! The english mixed in with the Haitian-Creole was done poorly. I also was not impressed with the vocals. No soul. Chorus was whack. Arrangement was bad. Typical lyrics; nothing innovative. Dous kou siwomyel? This line has been used and abused in konpa. The reggae rhyme made more sense and had more creativity and impact than the song and artist.==OUT!
Bokanto "Bouch Mwen Ki Trop Bon"
Vocal coach is needed here to teach voice projection. Delivery was horrible. I could not understand what he was saying. It sounded like he had something in his mouth. The music is very nice though. Chorus could have sounded nice, too, but bad delivery. I believe that if this song was given to Jude Jean it could become a hit song. So, Bokanto, work with a vocal coach and reach your potential.==ARCHIVED THEN OUT!
Carl Denard "Mare"
Sounds like an incomplete song. Even if I chose to ignore that fact and focus on the voice, delivery, and lyrics, NOTHING has impressed me. Sorry! Next!==OUT!
Ced "I Want Your Body"
Very hard to stomach that intro. Those drums were way off beat. Arrangement was bad. What the heck? Give this artist and music to Shedley for some work and training. Voice was easy on the ears and rest of music was digestable. Potential is there mostly due to the music and singing. Lyrics aren't all that but it flows with the music.==ARCHIVED
Lyrics were poorly written. The flow from the first rapper wasn't enough or up to par for me. The second rapper was better but his verse was incomplete. The third rap or rapper was boring. The fourth after the chorus was okay. Great topic and nice (not hot) beat. But with such a difficult topic, more lyrical substance was needed.==OUT!
De-OD "Leve Pye'w"
Issue of delivery here. Pronunciation is horrible. Difficult to make out what he's saying. Music and singing are whack. Sorry! Nice voice but bad singing. Such music needs powerful vocals. In this case the music overshadowed the voice.==OUT!
I can do without the talking in the beginning. Music and chorus is nice. Singing is not bad. I like the effort. He was trying to tell a story but he could not express himself properly and resorted to amateur lyrics. The rap did not fit in the song for me. It threw me off. If you're so positive/certain about how great your love is, why are you asking "Assure'm"? LOL The song can pass though.==ARCHIVE
Double J, Jaynar feat. Inner Vibe "Pa Kriye"
The music is really nice. The woy woy woy singing in the beginning was horrible. It really turned me off. I had to re-listen to the song and skip that part. Chorus is equivalent to scratching a chalkboard with your nails. Good song but needs a different singer. The rapper degaje'l. I think such music with that title would do better with strong lyrics; socially conscious lyrics. Dump the singer; change topic.==ARCHIVE
Fabrice Fombrun "Jou Ma Merite'l"
The singing is nice. Emotion is there and the lyrics are touching. Music could have been nicer. Don't get me wrong, it is nice but it feels like it is dragging. I am waiting for that WOW and it never comes. But the song is easy to digest. With some work from a pro, it can do some magic.==ARCHIVE
G-Faro "Tou Pre'w"
Okay. Love the intro. My hopes are high but I guess it's the mixing that does the injustice. The music is very nice. It is fun to listen to. But the vocal delivery is lacking. Lyrics are good and chorus is good. However, there is too much autotune on the voice. I am unable to make out the real voice and judge his true singing abilities.==ARCHIVE
Gues "Leve Wale"
Intro is on point. The singing reminds me of Tantan. I like his singing. It may not be original but I like it. I'm impressed with the first listen and click "Replay." I would love to hear him take more risks with his singing next time. All in all, the chorus and arrangement are nice. Good job!==BRAVO!
Hypnotik "Fanm Sa"
Lyrics killed it for me. The first voice/intro sounds like someone talking. Get rid of it! The second voice that comes in is better off singing in Haitian-Creole. The lyrics and delivery were weak. The artist doesn't sound completely comfortable singing in English. There is also too much talking over the music. The drumming was weak. All vocals were bad for me. Did the guy have a cold? What the heck?! Big ups to the keyboard, however, for being the only thing worthy of listening to in the music.==OUT!
This song could have been better with another vocalist added. J-Legacy could have focused on the chorus and had another singer do the verses. The music is good. The vocal style is unique and easy on the ears. However, I must reiterate that the song would have been better with another singer. The screeching sound at the 2:00 minute mark was annoying. Eeks! Remove it! The song could have also been shorter. That last minute was unnecessary.==ARCHIVE
K-Mistry "Pou La Vie"
Lots of potential here. I listened to this song 3 times. Although the singer may have over did it with the vocals in a couple of areas, he did a good job with the delivery. The band sounds like they've been playing together for a while (assuming that it is all the members on this track). They're mature. Very nice song.==BRAVO!
Marc Menard "Viens Chante"
I had to force myself to listen to this song. The first 10 seconds I was like "SKIP!" Oh my goodness! Sounded like a dying wolf. The pronunciation and the singing were flat out horrible!==OUT!
Melodi "Sa Fem Mal"
The music is missing something. It sounds incomplete. So so so so. I do like the chorus and the harmony in the vocals. But I feel like I am being ping ponged on a music table. Vocals are nice. Song is okay.==ARCHIVE
Metod "Jardin Verite"
I like the harmony. The music is nice. Melody, harmony, chemistry is all there. I like the arrangements. I am really feeling this one. The song is simple but it has an impact. It left a good impression on me. I like the ending and the metaphor(s).==BRAVO!
Michelle Thelamour "Source La"
We're exaggerating the vocals a little here. You have a beautiful voice but don't stress the notes so much. The rap part was so so unnecessary. This was an okay song. Sounds like she is getting an orgasm while praying on her knees or laying in bed. In other words, the delivery fits more for R&B. She is making love to "the source." LOL==ARCHIVE
Modern Sound "Instrumental"
Sounds too much like the zouk song "Sere Mwen." But I can hear Ali Angel or Princess Lover on this track easy. I really like. Very commercial.==ARCHIVE
MPJ "Bel Ti Fi A"
Please remove "N" word. Now on to the song. Seems like he was trying too hard to end the rhymes with "A" "A" MPJ was overshadowed by Young Rich in this one. I like the message and all but I am not that impressed yet.==ARCHIVE
Oxygenbox Band "Lonely"
Singing was a little too nasal in some areas. Good song but does not represent Haiti for me. Maybe if he sung the song in Haitian-Creole it would have been better.==ARCHIVE
Package "Going Out"
LOL What was that reggae intro all about? Please remove it. Anyhow, the song was very fun to listen to. The lyrics were quite amusing. But the music seemed to be all over the place. I really like the singer though. He did a very very good job on the delivery. The guitarist was really good, too.==BRAVO THEN ARCHIVED
Paola "Men Inme'w"
Very nice song. The singing is very good, too. I would have loved to hear her hit a high note though. Paola definitely deserves a shot with professionals. A better song would do her more justice but this song got the basic job done.==BRAVO
Perri Pierre "Gratis"
Hold up! Did he take a Metod Konpa song and put it out there as his own? I hope he had permission to do this. Anywho, the music is impressive as I listen to the first few seconds. I impatiently wait for the vocals. The vocals come and I feel like I was let down. Don't get me wrong now. I was not disappointed by the vocals but I was expecting much more. The singing is good though. The lyrics are average. The words to the chorus could have been stronger. But again the job was done and I am impressed.==ARCHIVED THEN BRAVO!
Rosemay "You're My Baby"
Are there studio effects on her voice? It sounds like a computer is singing. The song was decent but I am so not impressed with the delivery. Sounds like a filler on an album. The singing did not do the song any justice.==OUT!
Sara Jane Rameau "The Miss U Song"
Seems like we have a Haitian Erykah Badu song here. LOL The vocal delivery was weak for me. Not enough music for me to make a good judgement. I would have to hear a different demo to really judge Sara fairly. The couple minutes she presented did not have an impact on me. It is very unfortunate that I must pass on this as a result.==OUT!
Tigger One "Lespri Nou"
I listened to this 3 times. I really liked this one. Lots of talent here. Easy on the ears. Nice message. Flowed easily.==BRAVO!
Ti Moun a Zion "Ton Regne"
I don't even need to break this one down. Very good job! Chapo ba!==BRAVO!
Tony Poze "Bek Fen"
The hook wasn't as catchy as it should have been for such a song. However, both rappers delivered. I really like the beat. A nice message in this song. We went a little off topic for the second verse but got back on track quickly for a wonderful job. Good song!==BRAVO!
Tyroro "Vire Gade'm"
The computer effect killed it for me. I gave it a chance anyway and had to focus hard to look pass that robotic sound. However, the mix and arrangement turned me off again. Bad choice for a demo. I really want to give it a chance. The guitarist did a good job. But I can't help but send it to the inferno.==OUT!
Unit Kreyol La "Konsey Pratik"
A rap of Haitian proverbs huh. The lyrics are on point. The put the quotes together in a very creative manner. The music, however, is not doing it for me. Sounds too much like other rap out there. It lacks originality. But it is good for the youth to listen to.==ARCHIVE
Valery Precilien "Chagrin Lanmou"
The acting was horrible in the beginning. What was that? LOL No emotion. Flat. Sounded too fake. Anyways, the music is nice. The singing is okay. But it lacks the punch to make it stand out above others.==ARCHIVE
Willdrey feat. Mylah "Puppy Love"
I really like the beat. The delivery was on point. But the lyrics were not all that. Will needs to do a better job on the lyrics to the relay this message of "puppy love." This song is very commercial, however, and can do well in the AMI.==BRAVO THEN ARCHIVED
Young Cast "U Can Take Me"
That accent really killed it. Young sounds much better and more in his element when he sang in Haitian-Creole. The music is weak and I can't tell if the potential is really there or not. Nice try but NEXT!==OUT!
I applaud each and every one of the bands/artists who mustered up the strength and courage to submit their work to KompaMagazine for us to judge. Regardless of what the end result may be and no matter what the opinions are, if you truly believe in your heart and soul that you want to pursue music, then go for it. However, I encourage you to take all constructive criticism seriously. Work upon improving yourself so that you can get to where you want to go. Good luck in all of your future endeavors!