The Collective – Mixed Personalities CD 1 Review

On the 4th of August, The Collective released their latest album “Mixed Personalities”. In this post, I am going to review the first CD as there is a lot of songs so I would not be able to fit it all into one post.

1. Web Of Love- I am already familiar with this song as not too long ago I created the music video for it. I really like this song as it is lively and is the sort of tune that can stick in your head for days. I also like the fact the tune is a happy kind of tune. Some of my favourite parts of the song are the guitar parts in the middle of the verses as I feel they break up the song well.

2. Hooligan- I have heard the band perform this song live many times at their gigs however I feel that this version sounds quite different to when they perform it live. This version of the song sounds more like it is sung rather than spoke/ shouted like it is at gigs, this is a nice and interesting change to the song, also in this version, there are parts that are spoken that make it sound more interesting and different, some of these parts are quotes from famous politicians in interviews. I also like the way that the singing and the rap parts of the song mix together.

3. Disorder (Ft. Shane Cattermole)- I like this song as it is fast paced but also quite dramatic sounding in places. I feel that the beat of the song matches up well with the rap and what they are saying does a very good job of getting the point that they want to get across as well as being easy to understand. I feel that the guitar part of the song really grabs your attention before it starts and makes you want to listen.

4. Drag Me Down (Ft. Nuala)- This song has an acoustic sound to as well as being a slower sounding song. I like the way that the chorus music is different to the verse music so that it stands out more, the way the song is sung gives off a calming vibe even during the rap which surprises me as I did not expect the rap to fit in well with the style of the song. I also really enjoy the way that all members of the song join in for the last chorus it gives it an ending that feels fitting.

5. The Struggle- The main singer of this song is different to the other songs so far, this gives the song a different tone and makes it feel like the style has been changed and mixed up so it is enjoyable to listen to. The tune is lively and enjoyable to listen to I like the way that the verses are rapped and the chorus is sung. Towards the end of the song, the structure changes and it starts to sound slightly different.

6. Cold Outside (Live)-  This song is also a favourite for the band to perform live and that is why this version is a live version. I like the way that the music in this song is quite quiet but is also just loud enough to be able to hear the singing and the rapping. I also like the way each verse is taken by different people, it makes it sound interesting and you get to hear different peoples views.

7. Dreaming (Live)- This song is quite slow paced, this makes the lyrics easy to understand and listen to, the song is quite a positive song and gives off a quite positive message. The song was recorded live so this added to the song as the sound of the audience and the way the song sounded made you feel like you were there when they were recording it.

8. What Good (Live)- This song is acoustic and therefore there are not many instruments just a single guitar as well as only one singer. This song is quite different to the rest of the album so far, however, I like it a lot. This so is also very nice to listen and as the song is recorded live it sounds different to what it would sound like if it was recorded in a studio and I think that gives it a nice effect.

9. Appreciate- At the start of the song, there is no music this makes the words stand out even more than they would if there was music in the background. The lyrics to this song are very strong and they really show the point that they are trying to get across. The thing that I like most about this song is that when the music does start it starts off slowly and then gets louder and faster throughout.

10. Sax Man (Ft. Warren Ireland)- The music of the song is based on the sound of the saxophone, I also like the electronic noises that end up mixed with the saxophone noises. The tune of this song is lively and so is the rap to go along with it. The way the verses are sung at different speeds makes the song interesting to listen to as it keeps changing so you want to know what happens next.

11. Brainwashed (Ft. JDEE)- The start is slow with a piano tune, the words are spoken slowly and with meaning that fits with the title of the song. I like the way that the band introduce JDEE before his verse and how he has a solo verse to himself to show what he wants to say. The chorus of the song sounds almost trance like this also fits well with the title of the song as it is as if they are brainwashing you.

12. Mixed Personalities (Ft. Hayden Gigner)- The scratchy guitar noises at the start of the song attract the listener’s attention. The song has very lively singing even the parts of the song that are rapped sound slightly more like they are being sung, I also like the way the rap parts and the singing fit together as I feel that it has been done well. I also like the way that the verses and the chorus sound very similar as it means it links together well.

13. Louis- This song does not have any music to it instead is just spoken I feel that this flows well as the words rhyme so it seems rhythmical. I like the way that the words echo after they have been spoken adding an effect to the song. This song is the shortest on this CD that I have found so far.

14. International Lyrics- The tune for this song is quite uplifting, at the beginning of the song I did not realise that the lyrics were not in English but after I did realise I found that this was a very interesting part of the song and feel like it shows a strong message. The rapping in the second verse is in English and is saying how music has the same meaning no matter what country you are from.

15. Change (Extended)- The start of this song is mainly piano but then as the song goes on more and more instruments are added until all instruments are present. There is a lot of echoing in this song this adds to the effect of what the singer is saying and what he means by it, phrases are also repeated meaning that the words stick in your head even more.

16. Harmony (Ft. Jean Howe)- The drums at the start of this song sound almost tribal and the singing and rap sound also goes along with this. I like the way that over the chorus there are lots of different voices making it sound really nice to listen to. As there are lots of different parts that overlap and blend together and sound really good.

17. Streetlights (Ft. Bittermace)- This song is very slow paced and also has very calming music in the background, I feel like this also adds to the effect of the song as it stays the same throughout so there are no shock changes however the song does get louder further into the song making it sound slightly different. I like the way that in parts of the song there are string noises added to add to the song.

18. The Unknown- There is no music at the start of this song, however, noises are the main beat and sound of the song, the majority of the song is slow however there are parts of the song that gets faster this keeps you focused on the song and wanting to listen to it more.

Mixed Personalities 1

Even though some of this album is not the sort of music that I would normally listen to I enjoyed most of the songs on the album and will definitely listen to it again many times as the songs are very catchy. I highly recommend that you give it a listen. I will review CD 2 very soon.

Thanks for reading, Annie.

 

 

The Black Dog, Grantham – The Voice Auditions

On Sunday the 21st of May I attended the local auditions of the voice at The Black Dog Pub in Grantham, the event has been organised by Tarn Oxley, Trevor Bunn and Ian Parker. The event started around 7 and local talent showed up in large volumes including acts that you may have heard of before and some that you may not have, all sorts of songs where performed from classics to songs written and performed by the acts.

Considering how small the venue was the event had a large turn out, this had its problems however as sometimes the noise from the other people in the venue got so loud that you where unable to hear the acts and it was also hard for the acts to concentrate on what they where singing. Fortunately though with the amount of people that attended meant that all of the acts had a lot of support and encouragement throughout the evening making it a nicer environment to perform in than if it had been an empty venue.

The singers all sang to there best ability and everybody that was involved seemed to enjoy the experience. The event helped people realise the talent that is in Grantham that might not have been noticed if events like these did not happen.

I found the night was extremely enjoyable even though it was very hot and busy throughout. Well done to everyone that took part.

Thanks for reading, Annie