Reviews written by Novus

Poolside - Let it Live
Reviewed: May 05, 2008
Artist: TwiTerror
With "Let It Live," Poolside takes the boy-band sound about as far as it can possibly go. I really get this image of the Backstreet Boys learning how to play guitars and trying really, really, REALLY hard to be taken seriously, and the results are surprisingly not bad at all. The song has a certain
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Core ( Enter the Main Frame)
Reviewed: May 05, 2008
Artist: zaphoid
A more melodic re-working of Zaphoid's already excellent song "Core," with outstanding results. If you've already heard the original song, you pretty much already know what you're getting. Zaphoid kept this remix pretty faithful, so the same great beats, piano melodies and nice background touches
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Watching a Deep Blue Ocean
Reviewed: January 25, 2008
Artist: Analysis
Analysis hits all the right notes with this smoothly minimalistic trance piece. The atmosphere is the focus of the song here, and Analysis absolutely nails it. Every instrument, every note, every beat, every sound contributes to a general feeling of graceful beauty and quiet power. That's not to sa
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Sawdust Memory & The Gentle Wind - Sepia Smile
Reviewed: January 22, 2008
Artist: Zepsi
Zepsi tones it down here with a soft, gentle lullaby with accordion and acoustic guitar and nothing else. The instrumentation is clean, the melody is airily pleasant, and he even shows some advanced compositional skills by slipping in some full-stops in the rhythm from time to time and still keeping
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AntiVirus
Reviewed: October 27, 2007
Artist: Tyr
Frantic, frenzied and feverish, "Antivirus" by Tyr is a rollicking romp through the wilds of drum'n'bass. There's a little something for everyone, even a guy with more melodic tastes such as myself, so you'll be doing yourself a favor by at least giving this a try no matter what your normal musi
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One Fine Day
Reviewed: October 27, 2007
Artist: Randor
"One Fine Day" is a professionally-crafted vaguely-melodic electronica composition by Randor with spoken-word vocals by Siida. While the song could've benefitted greatly from more variation or a stronger melodic presence, this is still an enjoyable listen. The very first thing that jumps out abo
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Nature Story
Reviewed: October 24, 2007
Artist: dfast
With "Nature Story," DFast serves up a heavily-sampled blend of... well, there's elements here of fantasy, electronica, trip-hop, even good ol' pop, all mixed together for a truly unique sound that is very difficult to categorize. There's a certain awkwardness that results from this combination,
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From Morningstar To Midnight
Reviewed: October 24, 2007
Artist: xTr1m
xTr1m serves up a very pleasant journey into fantasy with "From Morningstar to Midnight," a multi-part suite with a soaring atmosphere but also a lack of cohesivness that holds the song back. The strong point of the song is clearly the atmosphere and emotion. The song maintains a sense of awe an
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This is the Night
Reviewed: October 24, 2007
Artist: Zepsi
"This Is The Night" is an insanely catchy dose of synth-pop. It's simple, it's repetitive, it's way too happy-sounding, and there's a part of me that kinda wants to be annoyed, and yet I just can't help myself. I like this tune. It makes me happy. And that makes me wonder if something's wrong
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Cent Main Theme
Reviewed: October 24, 2007
Artist: roncli
This 6/8 synth-rock/fantasy blend from Roncli is intriguing, but suffers from a bit of an identity crisis and is further held back by melody issues. "Cent Main Theme" is still an enjoyable 2-and-a-half minutes, and the fact that Ron was clearly swinging for the fences here helps a lot. But it's a s
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