3. Edric Haleen - My Friend
This song just put a great big smile on my face.
For some reason I picture this song accompanying clips from the "Sound of Music"
with Julie Andrews racing around the countryside hand-in-hand with Bigfoot. It's
so happy, then sad, but happy again, just like every feel-good movie you've ever
seen. Musically, it's just Edric and piano, which is really all it needs.
1. Governing Dynamics - Houses
The Dynamics left it until the
last round to write a song that I would actively go out of my way to listen to.
Their sound is still instantly recognisable, but this just seems to be stronger
as a song in its own right rather than feeling like an album-filler. The lyrics
focus on the dust-in-the-wind aspect of a footprint in sand; not particularly
inventive perhaps, but it is done with class and avoiding the numerous possible
cliches. I love the imagery and the musical flow of the chorus. In a couple of
places there didn't seem to be quite enough time to fit all the words in,
leaving some words a bit incomprehensible without the lyrics, but that's a
pretty minor flaw.
4. Ross Durand - When The Tide Comes
Another 'dust-in-the-wind' offering, this time in a folky style that is
beautifully produced with some nice subtle accordion laying the ground for
frantic fingerpicking and a strong, gritty vocal. I like the way the song
doesn't just cover the philosophical aspect of footprints being washed away, but
stands up well as a nostalgic view of childhood days spent on the beach.
2. Mariah Mercedes - Footprints
Oh dear, what happened here? We
usually hear songwriting improve over the course of the four SpinTunes rounds,
but after two great rounds at the start, Mariah really seems to have lost that
initial strength. Leaving aside the muffled production (please can we have a
re-mastered version?), the vocal layers feeling out of sync and the intrusive
and even clumsy drumbeat, there still isn't much to recommend about this song.
Lyrically, it doesn't really cover much after the first two verses which suggest
more of a story. "The test of my stability" feels clumsy as a line, whilst the
stop-go-stop-go bridge section seemed rather over-played.
6. Dr. Lindyke - Carbon Footprint (Shadow)
feels like a musical version of Vonnegut's "Galapagos" and that's good enough
for me. And it has a dolphin solo. Is that a first?
Yux Dudes featuring Dr. Lindyke - Foot In The Sand (Shadow)
5. RC - Orange Beach (Shadow)
This starts off
on a positive note, but turns into a rather sad, though effective, break-up
song. "what worked at the ocean, failed on the street" sums it up; a holiday
romance turned sour. Plus points for the quirky percussive guitar backing, minus
points for the repetitive 80's synth cymbal sound.
8. Gray Havens
- Onward To The West (Shadow)
My first thought was that this was a mis-placed
entry for round three, but there's the footprint! According to the song bio,
this was an attempt to hit two challenges in one go and it is generally
effective at doing just that. There are a couple of places where the upper notes
are clearly a struggle for both vocals, so maybe try again in a different key?
The synth brass is quite horrible, though, and would be better left out (or
replaced with strings, perhaps).
10. Boffo Yux Dudes featuring
Osmium - Wash Away (Shadow)
A catchy, upbeat rock song with a memorable
chorus and rather nifty guitar solo.
7. JoAnn Abbott - The
Mermaid's Waltz (Shadow)
A very effective re-telling of the classic
(pre-Disney) mermaid tale, especially the first verse. There are a few places
were the melody escapes reach, but this seems like the kind of song JoAnn's
voice is perfect for. The guitar accompaniment is beautiful and very
12. Boffo Yux Dudes - Footprints (Shadow)
always wanted to know how to pronounce "Chtchth". A bass-heavy view of today
from a future insect's perspective that is both funky and forgettable. I hope.
Can't seem to get that chorus out of my head. Arrgh!
Yux Dudes featuring Denise Hudson & Mick Bordet - Sand In My Toes
Well, that's not quite what I expected.
9. JoAnn Abbott -
First On My List (Shadow)
This song says much more about the writer than
about the target of its ire.