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Welcome to the EvO:R Carrera Reviews Section.
I would like to take a few minutes to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Bill
Carrera and I am the new music reviewer here at Evor. I wanted to let you know a little
about my thoughts on music. It's important to let the people that I review know how I
think of and listen to music.
First of all I believe that if your music sucks then
the world should know about it! After all, you have the nerve to charge as much for
your stuff as the majors do so it better be pretty damn good, and if it is, I'll also
tell the world. I'll hold nothing back!
Review of the Music of Southern Logic
The musician Neal Allen or maybe youíve heard of his other incarnation,
the band Southern Logic, puts out a combination of electronic and power pop to blend his
own style of music. Based in West Columbia South Carolina Neal works the regular job from
9 to 5, and cranks out the music at night. The music that I have listened to is from the links on
the EvoR.com site. This link does take you to Soundclick, where there is a very nice selection
of Neal Allenís music.
The biggest thing that bothers me about the electronic genre is the fact that the music is very repetitious.
Yes, I know that this is a problem in many styles of music, but the mechanical nature of electronica sometimes
gets over done. Nealís music has some of the same pitfalls, but one thing that is brought out in his songs
is a real storyboard approach to writting music. Neal has a genuine feel and a rather natural approach to the
melody. In all the songs that I listened to the background is mechanical and the sounds are unmistakably electronic,
but the melodies placed on top of the mechanics take control of the music.
The background rhythms then become more entwined in the song structure giving the listener a complete musical
listening experience and not having the song ruled by just one part of the whole.
I also noticed that Neal isnít shy about working with other musicians. In the credits of at least two of his
songs is the collaboration with EvoR artists Jeza, and TL2.
The songs ďBlues EvolutionĒ, and ďCenterfugeĒ are the songs that feature them. I later discovered an EvO:R
super group song in the completion stage with electronic super group Autocad
, Southern Logic, and guitarist TL2.
I donít usually count electronica as one of my favorite styles of music. Actually, I think itís a bit boring as a work of musical art and should
be reduced background sounds during corporate training films. I honestly didnít think the music was
going to be very interesting when I started listening, but the dominant melody shines through, and itís easy
to hear a real voice in Neal Allenís music. Neal Allen offers a groovy (I tried really hard not to use that word,
so my apologies) feel, almost Mick Jagger like in the vocals-only better.
Listen to what he has to offer and donít worry. Maybe youíll think its groovy too. (Geeee, you would think
I would not use that word twice in a review much less twice in the same paragraph).
Bottom Line: This will be the first ever CD of pop-rock/electronica that I actually
have purchased. If you like this genre then you will find it to be one of the
best mixes of pop-rock/electronica around.
Bill Carrera...EvO:R Reviewer.
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