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[Album] Hope and Despair
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imma go track by track here with my general impressions, criticisms and the such

1. Hope
- Really like the instrumentation on this one, it definatley gives the feeling of both hope and despair at the same time. A great way to start it off, personally myself I would've had it fade it but fades aren't for everyone.

2. Soda
- I really like the happy, upbeat instrumental on this one, gives me a kinda Demondice feel. I also really like how it starts off with the can opening sound effect and robotic vocals, gives it a sense of uniqueness and changes up the pace for the better. It works really well with (who I'm assuming is Reichuu's) anime-girl-esc vocals as a feature, who does a phenomenal job, might I just add. I think you're delivery is a bit off, but it seems to be you're first real project, and for the first project it's really good. I remember my first album I made was garbage, so props to you for being able to come out swinging. I also really like the instrumental breaks, helps it from getting repetitive with the vocals. It also ended in a good way.

3.Cotton Candy
- I really dig this track, it switches up enough to not make it repetitive but not too much where it just feels like two different songs put together and called one. It gives me a sorta retro video game vibe, but in a more modernized way and it's unlike anything I've ever heard. I especially liked the parts around 1:16 and 2:34. I don't really have much to say about this one because I'm not really experienced in reviewing experimental records, but I don't really have any negatives for this track.

4. Cupcakes
- This one also gives me an old school video game soundtrack vibe, but I like the way the drums are mixed in to give it a modernistic vibe, really sets it apart from other music like it. Out of all the songs on the Hope side, I'd say this is probably the weakest though. It's not really as creative and vibrant as Cotton Candy, or as upbeat as Soda.

5. Despair
- The 2nd half starts off pretty solid with the dramatic piano chords, definatley gives a feeling of despair for sure. Not a lot to say since it's fairly short.

6. Knives
- Wow. Just wow. The way it starts off then with the choir vocals, is just amazing. I always loves choir vocals in songs, and that one is no different. The strings on this track are also really solid, and I like that they don't clash with the vocals for your attention and they're played seperatley. The 1/3 way through vocals are also pretty tight, not sure what it is about big group vocals that I love so much but this track captures what that is. I also dig the way it sounds over near the end, plus the way it end off after after all that build up and just goes completely chill. It was dope.

7. Scissors
- This track gives me a kinda tribal feeling, like I'm witnessing a tribal group doing a ritual to summon a god or something. I like the slow build up that speeds up and then finally kicks in for the intense part where there tribe is just seconds away from summoning whatever god it is, and then finally the track ends and their god has arrived. The instrumentation really blends together well, nothing really feels out of place or alien. Everything feels like it fits in like a musical puzzle. The one piece of criticism would be to make them have more a punch to them, really give the instruments a kick cause they seems to be lacking that.

8. Needles
- I like how it starts of with the plain choir vocals, it feels like it's leading up to something big that's about to happen. Although they don't really build up to anything. As much as I said I like big group choir vocals, they don't always work well when not put with anything, this is probably my least favorite track off the whole project. It doesn't make me feel like I'm in despair, it just kinda feels like a build up to something than never delivers. I think it would be better if it was just like 30 seconds of vocal build up and then just an intense dope instrumental to finish off this album.

Overall thoughts: I had a good listening experience, minus a spotify ad here or there but overall I think for a first time project it was pretty solid. I think I'm gonna have to give it a solid 7/10, just felt like some of the tracks didn't quite hit their mark. Started off well but started to slightly go downhill, especially on the final track. Keep in mind, this is just my opinion and you should make whatever you think is good. I think you overall made a solid experimental/instrumental album with a few duds here and there.

Favorite Tracks: Soda, Hope, Cotton Candy, Knifes & Scissors.

Least Favorite Tracks: Needles, Despair & Cupcakes.
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