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Erich Mrak

Riptide (digital single)

Review by Gary Hill

The latest in a string of singles being released as a seven-month project, ultimately to be assembled into an EP, this has merits. It's also stumbles a bit by getting into the over-produced zone. I know that it's probably more about pandering to modern pop sensibilities, but honestly, this artist is better than that (at least based on his previous releases). That doesn't ruin the song entirely (it's still worthwhile), but it does land it as the weakest of the singles thus far.

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Track by Track Review
Riptide
Mellow keyboard tones lead this out of the gate. The cut gets rhythmic elements added bring more of a modern pop element. The vocals come in with a subtly processed sound. They get more processed further down the road. At times that processing reaches the point of distracting annoyance. I know that there are people who expect that kind of thing in modern pop, but to those who like to hear actual voices, it's a great way to ruin a song.
 
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