Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Next Great American Band - Top 12

And it is starting!!!!

Good show! I liked the one cover, one original format. The songs seemed a bit short tho... This week, the covers were songs from Bob Dylan. The judges were good - I disagreed with them sometimes, but all in all, they gave good criticism.

Denver and the Mile High Orchestra - Freight Train Blues (Dylan) and One Time Show (original)

I think this is one of the best band. They are tight and versatile. However... The singer really doesn't have a strong enough voice. There's no depth to it, no swing, no real personality. I agree with Sheila, I think Denver should include his band mates more and put them at the forefront once in a while. Both songs were decent enough to keep them around another week. But going first might kill them...

The Hatch - It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (Dylan) and Stretch Out The Time (original)

I was bit disappointed. I really don't feel like they are living up to what we were expecting of them. The Dylan song was much better than the original, which felt so chaotic, with no real hook...

Light of Doom - All Along The Watchtower (Dylan) and Eye of the Storm (original)

Alright, they are 12. And for 12 yos, they are PHENOMENAL. But they just don't belong there. The singer is really bad. And I agree with the judges - they should really keep their shirts on...

The Likes of You - Blowin' in the Wind (Dylan) and Love and Gravity (original)

I liked them. Liked them quite a lot. It's true the singer was using his falsetto a bit too much. Other than that I thought he and the band sounded really good! The Dylan cover was really, really nice. The original was not bad, but they are missing a hook big time.

Rocket - Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Dylan) and Mean To You (original)

To me, they sounded out of tune at all times. Really didn't like it at all. The punkyfied Dylan cover was actually good, but the singer's voice ruined it for me.

Cliff Wagner & the Old #7 - Don't Think Twice, It's Alright (Dylan) and Old Fire (original)

Damn they are good. The Dylan cover was really good. The harmonies were awesome, the mandoline was really cool! The original? Who doesn't love a little bit of tender love and diesel fuel? A really fun song, the kind you can't help but dance to!

The Muggs - Meet Me In The Morning (Dylan) and Slow Curve (original)

The band is tight, and I like their sound. But the singer's voice really grates.... Greasy Detroit Rock&Roll, I like! I can't believe the sound they are producing with only a guitar, a drum and a bass. Really amazing. The singer might not sing well, but he's a damn good guitar player!

The Clarks - Maggie's Farm (Dylan) and Billy The Kid (original)

They were absolutely amazing. AMAZING!!! I absolutely love the singer's voice. And what great musicians! I really, really, REALLY want to hear them play with a drum - they'd be the total shit. The Dylan cover totally rocked, but their original? Totally awesome and catchy. One of my favorite band in this competition!

Tres Bien - Subterranean Homesick Blues (Dylan) and Easy To Love Me (original)

They were good... Not great, but good. Like the 60s pop inspired music. Their original was much better than the Dylan cover.

Franklin Bridge - Tangled Up In Blue (Dylan) and Incredible (original)

The singer has a good voice and good stage presence. The band's playing really well, too... However, I didn't like their original at all. Weird, no hook, spastic I'd even say. I thought the cover was much better. Sheila's going crazy predicting they will win... Not so sure about that. There is some stiff competition out there.

Dot Dot Dot - Like A Rolling Stone (Dylan) and Another Stupid Love Song (original)

I was totally disappointed. I was expecting a whole lot more from them. Singer's ok, but he is so over the top it is grating. Enough with the smiling already.... He's got a good voice tho. the Dylan cover was much much better than the original.

Sixwire - Mr. Tambourine Man (Dylan) and Good To Be Back (original)

They were by far and away the best tonight. The cover was great, very well done, the original was catchy and freaking good. The lead singer has a great voice, great stage presence, beautiful eyes... The band sounds amazing, tight. I love that they are country but could easily cross over to rock.

My favorites were Sixwire and The Clark Brothers. I'd expect Denver and the Mile High Orchestra and Rocket to go back home.

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