Everything is Anything by Justin Seegert Music

Justin Seegert Music

Broadjam Artist: Justin Seegert Music
Song: Everything is Anything

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
A.J. Gundell (Songwriter, Composer, Music Supervisor, Producer)

Pro General Comments: Probably the most captivating and enjoyable part of "Everything Is Anything" is the most important part of all: the hook. The words come out the the singer's mouth like a fusillade of gunfire notes--super-singable, memorable, repetitive, and hook'y. The fact that this is also the chorus and title of the song makes for a very promising beginning for this indie alt-folk rocker.From there, I think some deeper lyrical analysis and critique would be helpful. First, the lyric begs the question of... "okay, but, what's the point?" If the answer comes in the next line, "everything don't mean nothing to me," then my question as both reviewer and listener is--then why are you singing about it? And I don't really believe the singer, that none of this means anything. The verses say "I was cold, and you made me warm" and "I was old, and you made me young." On both counts, well written, it makes me think the singer DOES care... and should. It's almost like the singer wants to say "Everything... means EVERYTHING... to me." Not only does that make more logical sense, it's also a more positive foundation to build the song around. As written, it not only doesn't make sense, it also makes me wonder as reviewer/listener why I should care myself. Not the setting we're looking for to grab a listener. And all the more disappointing because, per above, the hook is so strong musically and melodically. I think the lyric needs to come up to that level.Singer's performance, and backing harmonies, are believable and strong--they will sell a stronger, more believable message in the story. Beyond that, the recording tap-dances around being acceptable broadcast quality. If there's a bass, it's too low in the mix--and a rockin' folk song like this really needs it. Drums are solid, except in the breakdown sections, where both the drummer and the band need to be a little tighter to the groove both the lead guitar and keyboard solos could be more in the pocket. I'm also hearing a fair amount of digital clicking going on--I would check the recording to make sure it's clean, and there aren't some sample rate frequency issues with the DAW.I'd love to hear Justin and the band build around a killer melodic hook with a hard look at the song/story/lyrics and recording. There's a "holy trinity" of song/singer/record going on in here--it just needs a little more work. And, as songwriters/recording artists, we all have to be willing to call a first draft a draft--and dig a little deeper to make it all undeniable. Rock on.

Quote From Pro: Probably the most captivating and enjoyable part of "Everything Is Anything" is the most important part of all: the hook. The words come out the the singer's mouth like a fusillade of gunfire notes--super-singable, memorable, repetitive, and hook'y. The fact that this is also the chorus and title of the song makes for a very promising beginning for this indie alt-folk rocker.

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