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Bluebird: Hot BloodHot Blood (2002)
Reviewer Rating: 2.5
Contributed by: JiveSideJiveSide
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The mix of an album can either make it or break it, a fact that any fan of pop music, aficionado or not, will quickly concede. Now, with all the techniques and parlor tricks out in the music world today, it really boils down to a simple decision; toss the gloss and let the musicians talk, or cast a.
The mix of an album can either make it or break it, a fact that any fan of pop music, aficionado or not, will quickly concede. Now, with all the techniques and parlor tricks out in the music world today, it really boils down to a simple decision; toss the gloss and let the musicians talk, or cast a mask that will finish whatever the band left unsaid, in other words, showcase the musicianship or hide it. There has been an interesting trend throughout the years of pop music of producers and mixers putting a “signature sound” on each project which makes many different records by many different bands sound the same. So? What’s wrong with that, you ask? Well, a lot of things, actually, for what a producer does with one band is not going to work with another because he/she is dealing with different songs and different musicians, period. I understand that this is done as a nod to one’s influences, but enough already, The Neptunes and Brendan O’Brien are in need of some serious sleep, and my ears need a serious break. What’s the point of creating something that resembles this or that? It doesn’t make any sense. A band needs to stand on its own legs even if it means falling down for at least the band took a chance as something unique and gave the songs an opportunity to live a free-range life. But, if you’re Bluebird, you rope those suckers and stamp a label on each one until you’ve baked an hour’s worth of mushy rock and roll. The limp songwriting is certainly to blame, but what truly kills any hope on “Hot Blood” is the mixing courtesy of Joe Baressi and the attempt to make this band sound like…well, everyone.
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