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Thanks
 
Artist Name:
Starar
  Title:
Thanks
 
Date Posted:
February 2012
 
Genre:
Country
Equipment Used:

CAD M179 mics, M-Audio ProFire 2626 interface (no data given on recording DAW platform or software), Yamaha guitar and bass, Gretsch drums.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Thanks" is a female vocal country song. Jenna Starar sang and played guitar, and Steven Starar played the bass and drums. The duo also wrote the tune. No credits were given for the recording duties, which we assume the duo handled themselves.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 2
Recording: Boy, country music sure has changed. "Thanks" owes as much to Britney (and even more to Shania) than it does to Patsy and Dolly. What we have here is a very dry and in-your-face lead vocal, accompanied by (to our ears) an increasingly dominant/active bass guitar, riding together over the top of the music bed in an awkward, almost karaoke fashion. Strange.

The backing instruments seem well tracked and the tones are generally good throughout, although the ultra-wide panning on the drum fills could cause a touch of vertigo under the headphones! Again, not your usual country sound.

Suggestions: A talented duo indeed. Since no monitor speakers were listed in the equipment list, it's hard to know if Jenna and Steven were hearing the same "top heavy" mix as we did. In any event, we would love to hear Jenna's fine voice with a dash of reverb and set back into the mix in an integrated fashion.

Regarding the bass, with the exception of Yes's Chris Squire and Les Claypool from Primus, bass players are not the lead instrumentalists on most recordings, and certainly not in any country songs that we are aware of. A band, as well as a successful recording, is a blend, not a topping, guys.

Summary: Step back and then move forward.

Contact: Jenna Starar, starar@ntlworld.com
About: Marty Peters

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