Vanessa Delaine / Wild & Free / Feels so Good

Robin Scott review

Nice upbeat delivery to start the day with. Vocals and arrangement confidently grooving in the country genre. Vanessa sounds like an authentic country artist. I’m wondering if she has toured outside Australia?
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In MY Opinion

Greetings, Thank you for choosing me to review your work, I count it an honor to be included in such a task. My hat is off to you and anyone willing to step out and share their gift, talent and love of music to the public. Be it a musician, singer, song writer, actor and so-on. I myself, via 40 some years of experience in the fields, on the road, in the studio, radio, TV, video, and management, consider myself to be a seasoned musician, singer, song writer, studio-sound tech/engineer/ owner/operator, stage manager, find it sometimes hard/difficult and perhaps not even fair to sit in a seat, voicing My Opinion concerning another's creative efforts. Especially in certain genres of music I am not all that familiar with concerning very important elements that make up and meet the required standards to justify the various levels of ratings and grades. So, in saying ALL that, I will limit myself to MY Opinion concerning the quality of the work according to My ears, and the standards I have been familiarized with thru-out the years. I hold to the old - saying " Beauty Is In The EAR of The Beholder ... LOL. The sound quality of the recording over-all is very crisp and bright and clear, I really enjoyed the harmonica work. Vocals are smooth and natural, But, for me they lack the Country or Blues twang. Vocals sound of a more contemporary to pop sound. Very modern/night club singer. The mix levels let me know who was still in charge of this song. Very easy to sit back and listen to. Especially the backing music = country for sure. I mean no offense in any part, I myself take all feedback and use it as a tool toward my next project. I pray you feel the same way. Either way, I say to you, keep doing what you do, keep kicking and enjoying what you do. I tell folks all the time for many years. When it stops being FUN, then it's time to stop, and stand back and think about what we are doing, why we are doing it, how we are doing it, what we and others are getting out it. Is it what we want, and how we want it. IF NOT. what are willing to do from there? Thank you again for asking MY OPINION. Johnny
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Eric's Review

Hey Vanessa. This is a good song. Great hook... here's what I'm thinking: First, if I recorded this, I would sing the first lines a cappella, and when you bring the band in, hit it harder. You've got a strong (seemingly trained) voice and the tune is recorded very well but the range of sound - voice and backing - seems constrained to me. This tune could be a rocker, but I would lighten up on the vocal vibrato and use it only to make a point. I also feel you need to let go and really get into the essence of the song. No issues with starting the song with a soft touch, but to me it should build and build. If it really "feels so good", by the end of the tune you should be practically screaming that line. I would push your voice harder... maybe to the point of breaking, and I would add some really kicking/searing guitar lines to support/answer your lyrics. I have a feeling you are thinking of the chorus as starting with "cause it feels so good being up to no good", but to me that sounds like the "B" section, and your bridge "ooooo, feels so good" to me is actually not the bridge, but the chorus. I would bring that back again and power it right through the end of the song. Seems contradictory to me to thin out the backing of the song while you repeat the lines from the first verse. In my view you could continue to build - like after you sing the verse that ends with "feels so alive" after (what I believe to be) the chorus, I would go right back to "ooooo, feels so good" - and I would repeat that a couple (few) times building through the end. I don't have anything I've recorded that I can point to as an example, except possibly Silver Train. The song is actually outside my vocal range - which is really limited anyway, but I didn't care when I recorded it. The lead guitar is intended to make a statement. You might want to try something out of your comfort zone. Whatever the case, that's how I hear it. You can tell me to go jump in a lake, but I like this one. I think you've got some great raw material to work with here. Best of luck with it.
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Unique Country Blues

Impressive country song influenced by blues music. The unique vocals from Vanessa Delaine underlaid with a gently hamond sound from the keys enriching the mood. The lyrics sounding like a story and the funny feel makes the meaning of the song engaging for me. But the whole song is more various. The introducing starts off with soft chords of an Fender Stratocaster. The accompanying harmonica is an extra factor and brings additionally beauty into the song. Great acoustic guitar sound and live played drums are fantastic arranged. I like the engaging beat of the drummer who brings more power into the song. The recording is definitely professional, very good mixed and perfect mastered. All instruments really stand out and increasing the tune. V. Delaine is a very talented songwriter and understand to give an account in words about someone or something, including all relevant characteristics, qualities, or events. I´m sure you will also like to add it. Let others know your recommedation.
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