Great Sounds Great; Bad Sounds Bad: Nick Raven ‘Love’

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Great Sounds Great; Bad Sounds Bad is a column which sees a panel of writers for The Corner review a range of local singles and grade them out of 10. Check out the song below, read through their opinions and let us know in the comments section your own thoughts and what you’d like to see reviewed next time around.

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[Grade: 5.2]

Chloe Cairncross: This track will illuminate my dreams tonight. It is haunting and coldly beautiful. I feared that the title was a suggestion of possible cutesy and poppy sounds but Raven sounds mature beyond his years. I have seen this track described as folk. That is surely not the case. I could imagine ‘Love’ translating perfectly to a much heavier, rock suite. As it is, the bare bones of acoustic performance is beguiling and displays Raven’s musical prowess. I very much look forward to hearing more from this guy: he’s got talent, passion, and can only get better from here. (P.S forget Harry Styles! Raven is totally babin’). [9]

Hayden Currie: Offensively inoffensive. Goes down easy but lyrics may cause nausea. Take [2] and wake up queasy.

Robyn Gallagher: Part of the guitar in this song is reminiscent of the chorus of Adina Howard’s 1995 song ‘Freak Like Me’. And so I can’t listen to ‘Love’ without thinking of ‘Freak Like Me’ and the fact is, ‘Love’ is nowhere near as much of a quality tune as ‘Freak Like Me’ is. Musically, Nick Raven’s ‘Love’ is stark and moody with some atmospheric guitar, but lyrically it’s a bit rubbish. The lyrics are heavily reliant on cliches and young Nick doesn’t sound like he really believes what he’s singing. It’s more like an academic exercise in bluesmanship than a heartfelt expression of emotion. Dude, put down your guitar, get your heart broken and then we’ll talk. [4]

Michael Kerby: Nick Raven is very talented, but has hitched those talents to a pretty boring little number. He can sing, he can widdly-widdly, and his name is Nick Raven. He should be badass, or at least wearing a long black cape. But he’s not. Not yet. [5]

Vincent Michaelsen: This and that about love is probably what makes up the greatest part of filler lyrics in almost any genre, most of it pretty benign, but if you’re going to go writing an ode to love itself and then stick the word in every line of the song, it has to be pretty damn good to get by. I quite like the guitar here and would happily let this drift into the background, but Nick Raven’s sincerity towards the lyrical content of the song just keeps reminding me that it’s not that good. [5]

Elizabeth Beattie: I don’t like the lyrics… they are all kinds of cheese. The melody in this song is really good and the guitar solo is well executed and quite creative. The song structure feels a bit incomplete which makes it hard to really enjoy the song as a complete production. The simple elements of Nick’s guitar playing and vocal performance are quite appealing and unique in their own way. Writing an authentic blues song about love is quite hard to execute, and Nick doesn’t quite deliver with this track, but nevertheless certain aspects of this song show a lot of talent. [6]

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