Hey folks, congrats again to the winners and here are my comments:
These Are The Days
Oh how I love the cadence of the lyrics right off the bat in the second line, especially with the words "...drippingly ironic" - but I admit my lexicon is no so vast as to include "mellifluously" so I had to look it up. This song has some contrast for me between the verses and the pre-chorus/chorus in terms of how literal the imagery is. The melody is quite catchy though.
The City Falls Into Your Eyes
I feel as if I am transported back into pre-swinging London! I dig how the alternative melody resolves on the 2nd and 4th lines of the verses. How do you keep coming up with these fresh melodies? The break with the piano and guitar after the bit about the carousel is great as well as the final harmonies!
Please Don't Let the Music Die
Really nice acoustic guitar complimented by piano? or chimes? Nice touch. The melody of the chorus is indeed different from that of the verses and the "oh ohs" reinforce but also lift the feel of the song. The lyrics and the idea in general of the song remind me of Billy Joel's Miami 2017 or "Discovery" off of Rush's 2112.
Really professional sounding! The contrast of the verses and the chorus is strong here, and it has a good and sometimes surprising melody albeit in subtle doses. I could totally see Lita Ford doing a cover of this!
Cool driving rhythm here and I love the power of the chorus! The muted guitar starting at 1:00 is great! The variety added by the stop time at ~2:00 works well just prior to that sweet guitar solo too.
The opening to this song is very cool, reminds me a bit of Jukebox Hero + Tom Sawyer. The raw guitar solo is very cool, kind of Neil Young-like. The bridge works quite well too.
If I Told You
The piano intro is fun in the sense that it tricks the listener that this will be a totally happy song. Really nice delivery on the vocals with a nice melody.
This is a great line "Is there a possibility of our worlds turning one from two? " Not sure if I dig the finger snaps but the strings (or synth ?) along with the adding of more vocals (but in a tempered way)later in the song really raise this piece to a higher level.
I love the accenuation on the words "Each breath slowly rising" and then the drum lead in to the next part really helps the build up. The unpredictability of the chorus is great - especially on the line "O2 - O2 - O2". I can't quite get into the bridge, maybe it sounds a little forced, but I like the tune overall. Having hiked at elevations over 4000m I can identify!
Flying Daredevil in the Sky
Boy the guitar playing is great and the choices about muting/dynamics with the strings vs bringing up the volume is really good. I like how you re-worked the delivery of the lyrics so as to not sound rushed - especially on the 1st line of the chorus.
Love that intro but I can't tell if it's a mandolin or just tremolo a la Tarrega - and I dig how it comes back in one form or another such as at ~ 1:30. Such a classic, and timeless tune as always!