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Fay Ann Lyons Alvarez

Sunday, January 11 2015

Song Title: “Raze”
BPM: 118
Intro: A cappella
Music Quality: good
Chorus: excellent
Melody: very good
Arrangement: excellent
Vocals: excellent clear
Party appeal: strong
Conclusion: Raze at a slow pace of 118 bpm is a top favourite for the road. Released at the end of October, this song is a creeper and is sure to peak during the Carnival season. The song has all the strong elements needed in a road march that is a good sing-a-long chorus that blends with the melody. In the song, Fay Ann sings “meet me on the road” and “raze all hands in the air” designed to receive strong responses from the masqueraders. Fay Ann starts the song with plain vocals (a cappella) however Deejays would have preferred an intro with a beat so as not to lose the party tempo. We look forward to the remix that I am sure will have more riddims.
Overall score: 90 %

Machel Montano
Song Title: “Like a boss”
BPM: 134
Intro: 16 beat
Music Quality: very good
Chorus: very good
Melody: nice
Arrangement: very good
Vocals: clear
Party appeal: very good
Conclusion: We all know Machel is a master of the art and a pace setter in the soca world. He starts the song with a 16 beat techno style intro that climaxes as he sings. This song is designed for the road with strong hooks “more than you” and “like ah boss”. The strong point of the song is the subtle brass tones used creatively with the hooks and done so effective that it is sure to excite the crowd. At the end of the song, he replays a sample of the “old time road march brass melody” which is clever and will be a nice flavour on the road. However, some may argue that this revival sample lacks originality. Although a top song for the road we question its lasting value and international appeal. If we were to look for improvements, the track needs some vocal space, along with more riddim and a musical break.
Overall Score: 85%


Crazy
Song Title: “Respect the elders”
(chutney)
BPM: 135
Intro: very good
Music Quality: very good
Chorus: good
Melody: good
Arrangement: excellent
Vocals: very good
Party appeal: excellent
Conclusion: When Crazy released this song in early October’14, the riddim sounded slamming and impressive, but it lacked a strong chorus and melody. The type of song one has to hear several times to appreciate and although it got lots of air-play it did not seem to have lasting value. However, thumbs up to Crazy for putting more life into the song! He had the foresight to release a chutney version of the song. The remix raised the song to a new level and it is now a hit in the soca and chutney market. The melody now enhanced and the chutney riddims well mixed and balanced. DJs can creatively loop the tassa drums to send the crowd into frenzy. At certain parts of the song, he sings in Hindi, and we look forward to seeing him in the Chutney Arena for 2015.
Overall score: 83%

3canal
Song Titles: “Raw” (115bpm),
“Big love” (115bpm)
“Irie” (113 bpm) &
“Money” (107bpm)
Intros: very good
Music Quality: very good
Chorus: very good
Melody: very good
Arrangement: very good
Vocals: very good
Party appeal: good
Conclusion: What we like about 3Canal is their musical expression relates to how they feel about life in Trinidad and Tobago. In song they are telling a story and sending a message. They have created their own unique musical identity. They have reversed the tables, they know they can produce great music, and the fans will fall into their swing. The music best described as funky, energetic Rapso with a political fling. Released is an EP with several powerful tracks, my favourites are “Raw”, “Big Love”, “Irie”, and “Money”.
A noteworthy track is “Money” with a replayed melody of Lord Shorty’s “Money ain’t no problem”. To express their point clearer they sing samples from The O’Jays “For the love of money “yet the soul of the music is not lost. “Raw” and “Irie” are the main party tracks, although different from the regular party jams, the tracks are quite good and we look forward to mainstream radio giving them a spin.
Overall score: 78%

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