I have some seriously mixed feelings about this one. I like the weirdness and it's different enough to really intrigue me, but at the same time I'm thinking "Just what the crap is going on here?
I can't help but liking it because of the weirdness, but at the same time it's just so...out there...
Ok! I get it. Now wait, no, I don't, yes I do.... nope, thought I did, but now I"m not sure. In the style of "They might be Giants" from the early 80's, "okie dokie la la la" is a brain twisting joyride of goofiness and brilliance. This song makes so little sense, it makes the world make sense. After a while I began to feel as if I were being setup, certainly they were talking about me and the shallowness of my universe. Sorry guys, I already knew that!
As far as production goes, the group, "One Kid's Lunch", is about as top notch as I've heard from a home studio environment. It's certainly not perfect, but these guys have gotten it down pretty well. It's innovative, interesting and quite innate. (ok, I made up the innate part)
Certainly if you're in a silly mood, this is must listen to music. Wierd Al ain't got nothing on these guys. The swirling Eddies could only hope to be this unobnoxious. You guys are masters in this cyberuniverse, and I thank you for the privilidge of reviewing your work.
Song... 4 Vocals... 3 Originality... 5 Recording... 4.7
Christians haven't normally been known to behave in this fashion...
Dustin and Dave are OKL and are extremely gifted musicians and songwriters and you would be hard pressed to find anything on Soundclick that was both exhuberant AND irreverent at the same time. As wacky as their tracks have been - and they have been - they still have a solid music backing, and so does Things To Do, and that is the extent of the difference. Where the other tracks I have heard sheltered a very lively pop sensibility (as in Beatles Pop) but Things To do has more in common with music from Zappa, the Residents, Devo and their ilk.
This is just plain weird. Good weird, but still weird.
It took me a while to get the band's slant this time, and I think that was because Things To Do is immediately accessible, completely off the wall and quite possibly the best thing I have heard this year - and certainly the funniest. It takes a fine artist indeed to make this reviewer soil his boxers but these guys seem to do it effortlessly - every time! The first time I heard it, I couldn't concentrate on what was going on I was laughing so much but after a while this track WILL work its magic on you. Definitely the feel-good track of the year.
(another) MUST HAVE
I cringe at the name of not only this artist, but the submission... if it were up to me, I'd skip over it just because of the expectations it gives me, which is a lot of annoying brats singing and dancing around a man in a large purple dinosaur suit. That said, this track better be worth my while.
Background noise. That's the first thing that hits me, and even if you can't help having some, you don't want to show it off. Here we have some guitar, bass and a simple drumbeat. Vocals enter and... well, I don't know if I could even call them vocals, there's so much atonalism, I can't pick up on a melody. Here at :38 there's a backbone of melody, what happened and why can't you do that with the verses? And why does the recording quality get better with the choruses? They're interesting lyrics even if the mood is happy-go-lucky. C section at 2:10. That separates you from many songwriters, you know, as the C section is often overlooked, even though it's quite beneficial to the piece. 3:00 introduces the title words in a wavering falsetto... again, cringed.
This isn't bad. To look past the optimism and silliness, ODLLL has some meaningful lyrics and decent guitar work. The downside is, it's pretty tough for me to look past all that optimism and silliness.
(from Lord Skye)
Christian Rock is a fairly fickle creature. In my own compositions i keep my lyrics secular in an effort to appeal to a wide audience, and thus my belief system is rarely exhibited in song. I think that's why I have a lot of respect for those who let it all hang out, so to speak. One Kid's Lunch achieves in "There's More" A connection between worship and the reality of life today - It's a new approach to me, and considerably less fuddy duddy than the worship compilation CD's available for purchase by credit card at 2 in the morning.
It's not just about the lyrics though - This song has some strong compositional traits in melody, harmony, phrasing, and arrangement. It's the first time in a while that i've been compelled to leave a message on the reviewed's message board - a sign that this song is a bit better than the average pop-punk Christian music has to offer. The way the melody, harmonies of that melody and the rhythmic variations and segues between the sections work in together create an interesting (that's a good thing) effect - cohesion between sections, not just definition. I think in this song the composer's talent is evident, despite the slight nausea i tend to feel when i hear a remotely pop-punk riff such as this.
Suggestions? well, I think the drum machine lets down the whole effect. I'm not saying live drums is the only way, because that's not always a viable option as is evident with my recordings available on this site, but striving to get a realistic drum sound is part of achieving success as an indie, solo artist. The guitar tone was a little bit too gritty for my liking, too - I think it lacked a bit of definition which was particularly evident in the introduction. Could be offset-able by double tracking the distortion with a low mixed unison clean guitar, but what you really want is a new guitar sound.
Nitpicking, as usual - what was important about this track was not the production, but the performance, the composition and the message - which i think are all confidently and concisely achieved. Well done One Kid's Lunch.
Review written by John Paul Carroll
This is sort of groovy 70's rock with a Christian Message.
The guitar sounds are really clever, and the vocals quirky but catchy, and the backing harmonies are clean, the beat is solid. Performances are confident and well structured.
Superbly commercial - the ending should have been stronger though - if you're going to peter out, then twist it sonically.
While I'm a musical product of the Wesleyan Hymnal, I'm probably not the best person to review this stuff. But I enjoyed it just the same.
One day someone will record this stuff in the original Hebrew or Greek. The book of Tobit really cries out for a Bee Gees treatment....
Give this track a spin. Nice work, people
goofy indeed. sesame street. clever but smug. christian rock=oxymoron?
More Christian Rock, Eh? Well, this isn't half bad. The vocals could use some work, but they suit the song well as they are. I dunno... it's certainly different, and I like different. The style and presentation of the song would leave one to believe that it was directed towards kids, but the lyrics suggest otherwise. Kinda like something from Kid's Bop, except that this one was created that way to begin with... I assume... I dunno. I kinda like it.
Overall? It's weird, but as far as "Christian Rock" goes, I enjoyed it.