Song Review: Without Wings – “Chapters”

Song Review: Without Wings – “Chapters”

Song review: Chapters
Band: Without Wings
Location: Australia
Date of Release: 7th June, 2014
Genre: Rock
Reviewer: Erised

It’s that time of day again where I have the following conversation with my brain:
Me: Ok brain, I don’t like you and you don’t like me…
Brain: I like you!
Me: But we have this song to review and…wait…you like me?
Brain: Yeah!
Me: Oh…it doesn’t matter…Anyway, we have this song to review and we have about 20 minutes to get it done so you really need to cut the shit and just smash it out, you got me?…So what is it you like about me, anyway?

So I wrapped up the conversation with the brain, it completely ignored the suggestion to get into the review and wrote this completely pointless intro instead. It did the exact polar opposite to what I required it to do but at least I found out that it like my “in-your-face attitude”, so I guess it’s not all bad. Also, since I’m apparently a professional digresser according to some of our readers, I’m going to reinforce the stereotypes that said readers have been perpetrating about me, regardless of how much I hate pigeonholing and profiling on principle. But I digress…

So anyway, let’s talk about this song, shall we? I mean after all, that’s what I’m supposed to be doing instead of giving you an insight into why my parents tried to have me institutionalised on several occasions during my youth. The beauty of the simple rock song is that it is just that. Simple. Basic pleasures embodied in musical form, designed to grant you instant gratification with maximum replay value. This song, however, fails to deliver on that for a few reasons. Here’s why.

Let’s start with the vocals. With the aid of the studio vid, I can see that there is two vocalists. The main vocalist has a decent vocal tone, which isn’t the problem. The problem is that he plays it way to safe with his melodies. The second vocalist is given room to move, utilising his mid/high range in an exemplary manner, injecting life into what is otherwise a fairly dull vocal delivery. My advice is to move out of the comfort of your low/mid range and push your vocals into mid/high territory in order to get the best out of your vocal character. Work on that and you will instantly improve the listenability of your tunes.

The music itself is pretty solid. Nothing particularly amazing, except that the bass riffs along happily, much like a window-licking…well…bass player actually. That worked out neatly. The guitars are simplistic but suit the style well and the drums back it up ably. Solid all round.

The other main problem is the lyrics flow. It seems overly forced, none of the lines really flowing particularly well. It’s consistent, which leads me to believe it was deliberate, but I must say it really grated on me, especially after a few listens. A lot of songs I review leave me eager to hit the replay button, but this really wasn’t one of them I’m afraid.

Overall, the song is okay. It’s definitely not terrible, by any stretch of the imagination, but it just doesn’t have that addictive quality that really good rock songs have. I’m sorry to say that it all ended up feeling quite pedestrian. I have no doubt that these guys are good musicians, that is quite evident, they just need to work on their hook writing to really make an impact with their audience.

Vocals: 6.5/10
Guitars: 7/10
Bass: 8/10
Drums: 7.5/10
Production: 7.5/10
Lyrics: 7/10
Songwriting: 5/10
Overall IPHYB Rating: 7/10
Enjoyment Factor: 5/10

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Song Review: Without Wings – “Chapters”
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Chris Giacca

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Chris Giacca just may be the worst writer in the world, but it doesn't matter because he probably still has a bigger audience than you, so he is by default automatically right about everything. No exceptions. He's currently writing a novel which will be uploaded in single chapter installments as spoken word on bandcamp. Physical releases will be on laser disc only, limited to 17 1/2 units. Don't ask about the half.

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