Deke Sharon - Coldplay Medley

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Deke Sharon - Coldplay Medley

Postby RnBMrE » Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:39 pm

Tufts University
Deke Sharon
Emo Kidney


Average scores:
Overall: 4.0
Tuning/blend: 3.3
Energy/intensity: 3.0
Innovation/creativity: 4.7
Sound/production: 3.7
Repeat listenability: 4.3
Soloists: 3.0


Reviews By

Kevin Sawyer, Andrew DiMartino, and Joseph Bates

Recording Information

Recorded 2008
Total time: 6:37, 1 song (but really, 5!)

Ordering Information

To order this album, visit the group's web site.


Kevin Sawyer

Overall: 4
Tuning/blend: 3
Energy/intensity: 3
Innovation/creativity: 5
Sound/production: 4
Repeat listenability: 5
Soloists: 4


I'm like really smart and witty, so I appreciated Deke's latest effort on this front. When you're as awesome as I am, you are only occasionally wowed by someone who can pull of an endeavor like that which Deke has accomplished. So well done, sir. I applaud your creativity.

The initial presentation was like that of many collegiate albums: corny, filled with overdone songs, stupid, annoying, bad singing, I hate it. Also, I think these types of college groups suck: male, female, co-ed. The others are great. (I LOVE college a cappella, though. My friends make fun of me like ALL THE TIME about it, just so you know, hahaha, so I'm just a dork like you!) No, seriously. The album cover looked like a used tampon. And I'm not even going to dignify Nevahland with a critique.

Deke did a fairly good job on the solo-ism of this medley but was held down by dragging others like Bill, Julia, and Pete in as co-conspirators. Bill laid low for the most part, but the others perpetuated a mixed message, much like the sophomore efforts of so many of my favorite obscure intellectual rock bands whose lead singers lose the momentum to present their individual visions and voice avant garde sociopolitical beliefs. Ambient Menace represents, perhaps, the epitome of this thought.

He faltered a bit and lost points during the middle stages of the album due to an incoherence of blend with the original intentions. Tying things up nicely despite audience density returned points in his favor, but the lead-in to the final punchline could have come a little more smoothly. I blame AutoTune.

I certainly won't have to listen to this album again because I immediately understood its genius, but I think the average listener probably will. Many times, even.


Andrew DiMartino

Overall: 5
Tuning/blend: 4
Energy/intensity: 3
Innovation/creativity: 5
Sound/production: 5
Repeat listenability: 5
Soloists: 3


Deke took it back to the basics with this one. Which is great, because that's the only kind of music, a cappella or otherwise, that is worth listening to. So many groups now are using advanced production techniques like "computers" and "the internet" and "vocal percussion". It was refreshing to listen to tracks that don't include any of that.

You could tell that Deke made most of these posts in just one take... which is how you are supposed to do it unless you want to be a faker. What I mean is that all a cappella should be live, or else it's not real. Recordings should just be a speaker phone set up to automatically call the group who released the song so that when they answer, they can sing the track to the listener. It's not authentic unless you do that.

The fallback of the one-take method is that energy can sometimes be lacking. Deke has been my hero in all his loquacious posts like the NXIVM thread and inspired me to take a stand against all "production" with the same intensity, but I was a little disappointed by his somewhat half-hearted efforts on this attempt. Know, Know, Know and Rolling/Still (interlude) are slightly funny at first but end up settling more as underdeveloped ideas. Like a snare drum in the latest a cappella recording that a group member tells their friend "is really their voice", Deke really left some people perplexed with his stretches of the truth.

All that said, Deke is no stranger to greatness. He knows the rules, and so do I. The rules are: no post-production at all. (It's really just one rule... I tricked you.)

Until collegiate groups stop using all these producers like Bill Hare and Liquid 5th and VocalSource and people who are just trying to steal all your money, this is the only album you should ever have in your CD player. Wait, what's a CD? This is the only album you should have on vinyl.


Joseph Bates

Overall: 3
Tuning/blend: 3
Energy/intensity: 3
Innovation/creativity: 4
Sound/production: 2
Repeat listenability: 3
Soloists: 2


I'm a little disappointed in myself that I didn't catch on to this one sooner. I can usually transcend any current discussion on RARB with a mildly related link or self-amusing phrase, but I actually had to ask a real question on the BOCA thread and expose my tender self. It felt... strange. (Whoa, I've already written more in this review than any single RARB post I've ever made.) ... uh ... (Crap, I can't post a picture on this review. Um, think think think.) Err...

I hate pop music. I think that's the reason I got so distracted on this one. Pop music sucks. If Deke had made a Muse medley the second track on BOCA, I think I would have peed my pants I was so excited. But not Rihanna. UGHHHH don't even get me started!

The vigor with which Deke pursued this endeavor was less spirited than others in threads past. This resulted in confusion on the part of readers (I think Valerie still doesn't get it, ha, HEH), and an overall decline in the blend of all posts when taken together.

The sound production here isn't as good as Darren Rust's. He's like soooo amazing. And it didn't make me cry like Ghost Files, which made me cry.

Please Understand is a great track. Ron Paul should have been the Republican Party's nominee. Small government, sound economic theory. Warren Buffett is basically God; he is better than Jimmy Buffett who makes me want to throw up. I want to go to Dubai. Dude, how awesome would that be?

Ultimately, I'm going to give this review a 3 overall. It probably deserves a 4, but that would further throw off the Gaussian distribution of scores for my reviews. For this reason, I cannot score it differently. Mountain climbing and other extreme sports are awesome. They make me so skinny but fit. I really hope that some day my bell curve will be as beautiful as Jazzy's. See what I did there?

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Re: Deke Sharon - Coldplay Medley

Postby sparkleytone » Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:56 pm

RnBMrE wrote:It probably deserves a 4, but that would further throw off the Gaussian distribution of scores for my reviews. For this reason, I cannot score it differently.


Two thumbs up, would read again.
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Re: Deke Sharon - Coldplay Medley

Postby soundslikedrums » Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:28 pm

RnBMrE wrote:Recordings should just be a speaker phone set up to automatically call the group who released the song so that when they answer, they can sing the track to the listener. It's not authentic unless you do that.


That is the funniest GD thing I've ever read on this forum.
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Postby billhare » Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:24 pm

Here ya go, Matt.

*bows, hands over the scepter*

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Postby colton » Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:41 pm

Wow. I take my hat off.
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Postby dekesharon » Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:21 pm

Only 4.7 for innovation?!?

Nothing pleases these damn RARB reviewers.

Now I need to get an anonymous account so I can post about how this whole review is crap, of course pretending I just stumbled upon RARB this afternoon.

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Postby dr00bles » Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:57 am

Bravo. I've been laughing out loud for about five minutes.
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Postby Brojo » Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:18 am

i changed my mind. i am entirely in favor of a rihanna medley.

someone please do it.

clefs?
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Postby JCarps165 » Wed Nov 19, 2008 9:27 am

Brojo wrote:i changed my mind. i am entirely in favor of a rihanna medley.

someone please do it.


PLEASE NO.

I just saw TWO groups perform "Disturbia" AT THE SAME CONCERT last weekend. AND ONE GROUP DID IT AS PART OF A RIHANNA MEDLEY THAT MADE ME WANT TO RIP MY EARS OFF.

In summary, DO NOT WANT.
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Postby Jimmy » Wed Nov 19, 2008 10:48 am

Deke got robbed, I was expecting at least straight 4.5's across the board.
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Postby RnBMrE » Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:01 pm

Jimmy wrote:Deke got robbed, I was expecting at least straight 4.5's across the board.


Yeah, what a horrible review, right? Post your thoughts.

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Postby phollens » Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:13 am

Joe the plummer could have done a better review.

This thing sucked. I liked the yellow font tho.

I give it 3 w00ts outta 5.

Go Blazers.

Yuuuuum Coldplay.
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Postby RnBMrE » Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:24 am

PHollens wrote:Joe the plummer could have done a better review.


What's a plummer?

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Postby jonpilat » Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:33 am

RnBMrE wrote:
PHollens wrote:Joe the plummer could have done a better review.


What's a plummer?


Something to do with feathers.
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Postby kevin47 » Thu Nov 20, 2008 3:29 pm

I'm like really smart and witty,


But I don't use superfluous italics.
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