Seeds-N-Stems - Life Is Poetry - Music Is Love
- Artist: Seeds-N-Stems
- Album: Life Is Poetry - Music Is Love
- Label: Indie
- Year of Release: 2008
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- Reviewed by: hstisgod on 2009-06-14
Sometimes I'm stuck in the position where I wanna give a good review. After a long-toss in my head, considering the instrumentation and vocals as a team, when it comes to Seeds-N Stems, I have to say walk away. Truth is, I could get on stage or in the studio and do what these cats are doing. Don't get me wrong, they have melodies, and even a good base song structure, but the performance itself is seemingly missing something. The instrumentation and even lyrical structure seems to be in place, but the vocals just leave something to be desired.
Of course it could be small town production, as I get the feeling songs like "So Many Go Passn'" could in fact be something of a crowd/radio pleaser with its mix of Hip Hop and Reggae/Rock. There's simply far too many recording errors, and hiccups to ignore, and I'm left wondering what these guys might be doing had they been based in a larger city with more choices for production. There are a few tracks that have a warmness regardless, such as "If Me Walls" in which the vocals and instrumentation bellow nicely. Closer towards the outro, a punk staple is made that even adds to the unique branding, but truth is Slightly Stoopid already has this market. "Holiday Trip" has a nice backbone melody and feel, but again, I'm left wondering what this would be like with favorable recording and engineering. The solo Rap/Guitarist (including oddly distorted but loose bass) session adds a nice blend, but doesn't nearly save the remaining out of pitch performance.
Overall, with possibly a lead vocalist change, or coaching, and another producer, these songs are all capable of making a fantastic record, but I just do not see any success in the future for this official release. For a firm example of this, see track 9, "Roll On". Though I am curious to see where this leads for Wyoming's Seeds-N-Stems, I'm not holding my breath.
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