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Artist: The Non-Domestiks
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Album: September Monday
Rating: 7 out of 10 stars
Website: Band Official Website
Reviewed by: Charles Harrelson
Edited by: Charles Harrelson
Review Comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
This newest release from Rosalba Gallo and Katrina Wylie, aka The Non-Domestiks,
is a concept album brought about by a news story that mentioned that statistically
there were more suicides on Mondays in September than any other time. It tells
the story of a relationship from the beginning through rough times, a break up
and then a break down. But it moves past that breakdown to a better place,
a place of inner peace.
In the Studio:
Two years ago a promoter sent me a CD from an up and coming pop diva. She was well marketed and well
photographed. Her CD package was slick and all the promotional material was perfect. The music was
pretty generic although the promotional team would have you believe this artist had created a whole
The whole CD was based on a single relationship as it traveled from the first meeting to dating to making love
then the ultimate deception and finally, the break up. The final song concluded with the rebound and a feeling of recovery.
While listening to this CD I visualized myself sitting across a table from this lovely women. We both had a few drinks and she
started telling me the history behind her last relationship. All I could think about was getting out of the building
so I coined the phrase "check please" to describe the CD as a whole. Yes, there were a few good songs on the album but
the general topic of discussion was of no interest to me. I gave the CD high marks for production and studio work
but blasted the album for lyrical content. The promoter threatened to sue me if I published the review, so I didn't.
I say this because along comes another offering about a relationships solid beginning that soon crumbles and ends up in disaster.
Must I be subjected to another relationship gone bad CD? Fortunatley, I was informed that the CD was based on multiple relationships
which had both good times and bad. This was good news to me because I just didn't want to relive that prior situation.
After finding out about the true meaning behind the CD I hoped the music would be exciting so I can at least listen to the interplay of two great female vocalist's Rosalba Gallo
and Katrina Wylie who can
take me past the love gone bad story this CD is based on.
The CD was warm and inviting but lacked true dynamics. The pace was not very motivational and I was stuck listening to the words
because the CD failed to inspire me musicially. The songs structure was based around a single chord progression which remained
fairly constant throughout each song. I know this has been a tried and true method for pop/rock music over the last 60 years but
some additional craftsmanship is always great for keeping listeners on their toes.
On a brighter note. The ladies can sing and harmonize. There is a world of potential with this duo but they need
quality song writers and additional instruments to add color and depth to the work. Right now, the team would be well
suited for a small venue like a coffee house or a small intimate club setting. They do not have
the right material for a larger audience.
The overall production of the CD was great. The instruments did not interfere with the vocals. The vocals remained solid
in the sound stage while the guitars panned left and right created some space. The occasional
use of keyboards added a sence of direction to a couple songs. I would have loved to have had more of this.
The drums sounded like a typical drum machine even though a real drummer was used. I just felt the percussion was uninspired.
The guitars sounded a bit processed
as well. I'm a huge fan of the intonations created when a finger touches a string just before the pick or fingers arrive.
I also love a huge guitar sound by miking the guitar up close and from a distance to create depth and a natural delay.
I'm also not a huge fan of excessive reverb in vocals. To my ear the vocals needed more throat and less reverb. The girls
can sing so don't cover them up.
/ Flying High
/ Don't Tell Me Why
/ You Want Love
/ If I Had a Wish
/ There Was a Time
/ How Does It Feel
/ Is There No One
/ Falling from the Skies
/ Who's to Say
/ September Monday
/ It Just Takes Time
/ These Hands /
I find dedicating a whole song to a memory of a single relation to not be my cup of tea. One or two songs are fine,
then let's move on. I know some of my personal best work came from the result of an unexpected love lost but I could never
bring myself to spend a year or more reliving it in song. Part of life is our ability to move on and start over fresh.
Edited by: Charles Harrelson
The music was entertaining but not a solid enough to hold my interest.
The ladies have great voices and with the proper music they could create a real buzz.
Review Comments: Next2zero@yahoo.com
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