I have to say -- for better or for worse -- it's really cool to see people talking about this review. I hope we'll continue to see more reaction like this in the forums -- again, for better or for worse.
Based on comments here, and the two other reviews, I'm in the minority regarding the Khaki Album, which is fine. I just didn't care for this album, and though my review might seem harsh, it's honest and it's reflective of what I think about it.
There's been much mention of my using that dreaded word -- AUTOTUNE -- in my review, and I want to clarify something: I have absolutely no idea how much or how little an autotuner was used in the production of this album. However, I know how much it SOUNDED like one was used, and that's what I was commenting on. So many spots on that album were just void of a truly human sound, to the point of being grating. Maybe it was from the editing, maybe from some weird EQing, but whatever the case, it souded to me like that flatlining whine of the Autotune machine. If it looks like a peach, smells like a peach, tastes like a peach.... hell, I'm going to call it a peach.
Also, someone here said that I called "Love Song" plain. That's not true -- I called it plaintive, which was a compliment. I really like that track and think it was very well done.
Anyway, feel free to toss out any specific questions, or go ahead and lambast me as you please -- I don't expect everything I write to be well-received! You can also email me at aballard at rarb dot org.
Dartmouth Aires '00