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Title: Picnic
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Artist: DuskWire
Genre: Electronica: Chillout/Lounge
Reviewed by: VOiD on September 10, 2007 (All reviews by VOiD)

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1Overall Description
One fine, smooth piece of music that delivers everything you'd expect from a chillout track. Deep bass, sampled drumbeat, warm pads, and a laidback, funky atmosphere all the way through. Some of the instruments are a bit below what I'd expect to hear, both from the genre perspective and compared to the artist's earlier works - but this is well worth the listen nevertheless.
 
2Creativity Description
Although I really can't say this song breaks any new ground, it's obviously composed with a firm grasp of the genre requirements and with a healthy dose of skill. There are some nice touches here and there which helps in keeping the listener's interest up - also, both the sax and piano parts are very well composed.
 
3Arrangement Description
The chillout genre calls for smoothness at all times, and at this the artist succeeds admirably. The song features good development, both dynamically and melodically, through its duration - and when the song ends after 3:08 I find myself wanting to hear it one more time. I can find little fault in this department.
 
4Sound Quality Description
Sound quality itself is very good throughout. But some of the instruments - guitar, sax and snare in particular - sound too artificial and MIDI, and to my ears that works as a distraction from an otherwise well laid out track. I'm impressed with the piano work here, though, and the overall soundscape is crisp and appealing.
 
5Does it work as a piece of music Description
I have to admit I was slightly concerned when I first heard the track - the opening instruments made me fear that this would be a sub-par effort, done in a rush and sounding like it - but then the main beat kicked in and everything was peachy. Aside from some issues dealing with sample quality, I really like it.
 
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