The Next Great American Band: Top 5

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12 Comments

  1. Top 5 already? I wish the show was on another day. Who stays home and watches TV on Friday night? It seems they set up the show to fail…

  2. I loved the intro to Rod’s career at the beginning of the show. I thought that was the highlight of the night. I thought Dicko was the most knowledgeable about the songs, and enjoyed his comments on the songs place in rock history. Watching this really should confirm what a voice, showmanship, charisma Rod really has, that establishes his legend in modern music, reasons why I think a lot of these songs were suffering from…Lack of Rod. However I enjoyed watching it, whether it was good or bad.

    Dot Dot Dot (Young Turks) – I didn’t have a problem with the music or vocals, as much as I had a problem with him not knowing the words or if he changed it on purpose it sounded like he didn’t know the words. I also agree with Dicko, that they didn’t tell the story…There was definitely a disconnect.

    DMHO – (Babyjane) – I don’t mind it when an artist takes a song and makes it “their own” “their own style.” However I think with what makes BabyJane such an awesome song is the melody, and the way Rod sings the words with the melody. Changing the tune so much to fit their style imo made the song suffer. I agree with Dicko when he was talking about how they should becareful how they edit the songs…I think a lot of the songs suffered from time limit and editing, but their editing was far worse than the others.

    Sixwire (Hot Legs)- I liked this one. I actually think it would be hard to mess up a song like this, because the melody is already perfect imo, there isn’t a need to change it. Change the melody, would change the urgent sexuality and rock n roll energy that this song commands. Unlike the judges I didn’t mind all the guitar solos. When I think of Hot Legs I hear loads of guitars…The music video and early live performances of it, the guitarist are featured front and center. This was the first performance I liked.

    The Clark Bros. (You’re in my heart) – The arrangement wasn’t bad on this, it was touching. The lead vocalist voice had a touching tone to it, so that is one aspect of the original that makes the song great. However like Dicko said they took out the “Sing along” aspect of the song, which imo is the underlining magic of it music wise. I sometimes forget this song is about football and not a girl, so these guys were really in love with football tonight!

    Light of Doom – (Infatuation) – I felt the singers voice was best suited for Rod’s material out of the 5 acts tonight. His voice isn’t the best, but the tone and quality of it is fine. Noticed the change of “Drunk” to “Bad” for I guess obvious reasons…But if these guys are listening to “Motley Crue” the word “drunk” can’t be that bad. I thought it wasn’t changed too much…Not sure if I would call this song Disco/rock fusion that Dicko said it was but ok.

  3. Was it just me or was the sound mix weird this week? 2-3 bands sounded a bit strange on vocals… Drowned out…

    Dot Dot Dot – Better every week. Liked this week much better than last…. I thought the song really worked for them.

    Denver and the Mile High Orchestra – It bugs me to no end that he calls himself and the band DMHO. It just does. Not. WORK! They were really good again this week. Denver just doesn’t have vocals powerful enough to really take on the leader’s role tho.

    Sixwire – This was perfect for them. Awesome performance, although the singer’s voice seemed a bit drown out by the band at times. Love the guitars on this, and while I liked the bass solo, it WAS in a weird spot.

    Clark Brothers – Ashley’s vocals were a bit shaky at first, but then he shook it off, and it was beautiful. I loved the mandoline on this, and how Ashley was doing the rhythm with the guitar. And the background vocals really worked with the lead. It didn’t bring me to tears like Sheila, but it made me misty eyed – it was passionate, as always, gorgeous and totally unique. I always listen to them with a sort of religious attention.

    Light of Doom – Vocals were so much better this week. I thought it was the guitar that ruined it for them this week – way too much of it, way too loud and way too many fancy things done with it.

    Sad to see Tres Bien gone… Triple Dot goes next week, yes?

  4. I was at the taping. Ashley’s vocals were shaky at first because he had just screwed up the song name twice in a row, forcing everyone to do the scene over again. He was obviously embarrassed. I think he’s a pretty shy and serious dude. Did you see the sweat on his forehead during the close-up? I think that was why.

  5. I can’t believe we’re down to the final five. The down-to-biz format of this show is most refreshing. Can’t wait for the final three showdown!

    DotDotDot – good song choice but too busy. Should’ve dialed it back a notch.

    DMHO – Loved the boogie woogie bass line and the fact that the guitarist was allowed to show his chops. Denver’s execution has improved somewhat, but I am still waiting on him to bring it. He sounds nothing like his boy Huey Lewis. Where is the gritty blues delivery?

    Sixwire – best of the night. The bass solo – why not? It’s now confirmed that bassist can deliver the funk. I loved comparing and contrasting the different styles of each guitarist. Fabolous.

    Clark Bros. – I didn’t like “You’re In My Heart”, too slow for my tastes. I wonder if they’ll bring in more bros for the win? It may not hurt anything since Sixwire is their biggest competition.

    Light of Doom – very good arrangement. So Lukas likes him some Bootsy Collins…I knew I heard a funk undercurrent in there! Great to know of all their influences ranging from John Entwhistle to Eddie Van Halen to Alice in Chains. Good on these musicians for carrying the torch of rock high.

    Tho I wasn’t crazy about Tres Bien!, I am kinda sad to see them go. Great bunch of guys and good luck to them.

  6. I’m trying to get myself in the mood to watch last night’s video. I’m still pissed that Tres Bien! were eliminated.

    Oh, why could it not have been Denver and the big band?

    Denver has PEOPLE. Fo’ Sho’.

  7. I loved Sixwire this week. They sounded great, and it was a great song choice for them. Sixwire is back, yo!

    BUT, my favorite still remains The Clark Brothers. They (and Sheila) had me getting all misty eyed too. Their performance was just beautiful. I think a fiddle would have definitely added to the performance, but they still sounded really good. The mandolin work was gorgeous, and I liked Austin providing backing vocals too. I just love these guys and I voted for them again this week. I’m really torn as to whether or not I’d like to see more Clark brothers in the band… but they’ll make the best decision for themselves, I have no doubt.

    Still love Dot Dot Dot. They were pretty good… continually improving, and I love to see that.

    Light of Doom were not too bad! I too can see the effect that voice lessons are having on Eric’s voice.

    Denver, et al… I can see why people like them, but they are just not my cup o’ tea.

    I couldn’t tell ya who’s going home… Logic would tell you Denver and crew, but we all know that logic can be thrown out the window in competitions like this. As long as Sixwire and The Clark Brothers are safe, I will be a happy camper. :)

  8. I agree Sarah. Sixwire and the Clarks, all the way. I think both Denver and Dot times 3 are on the edge of going home. There are so many members of DMHO though, they may have the voting relatives behind them. That may make all the difference in this show!

  9. sixwire and the clarks are good (my fav sixwire)

    would have been fantastic though to find a band like DMB but that kind of talent doesnt come from a “corporate machine” like idol

  10. mj Dec 1st, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m trying to get myself in the mood to watch last nightà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s video. Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m still pissed that Tres Bien! were eliminated.

    Oh, why could it not have been Denver and the big band?

    Denver has PEOPLE. Foà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ Shoà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢.

    I wondered where you were, mj! I am with ya. It broke my heart to see that tres adorable lead singer for the last time! Maybe!

    I agree with jersey about the Denver etc. voting bloc. Especially when you consider the low viewership of this show and very likely even fewer voters.

    Ah well.

    My take for this week. I love Rod Stewart and was worried about how these songs would be done. I mean. Rod is completely unique.

    That said, the best of the night was certainly Sixwire. They totally rocked that number. I loved the bass solo, Dicko! And the three guitar riffs were so much fun to watch. WHEN can I buy their CD and see them live???

    The Clarks are truly wonderful performers. They just scare me a bit with their intensity. I know Caffiend said they blew their song intro and that put them into a bit of a state, but I watched them afterwards, and they just seem so tightly wound I am afraid the spring is going to break on one of them. I would love to see them get down home and fun. Sing with a smile and a bit of humor at some point.

    The rest are also-rans to me. The Little Lights were pretty good. I think they have played better in the past, but the lead singer did seem improved. The voice may have totally changed by now? Not sure. I loved the choice. One of my favorite RS songs and videos ever.

    Dots. Eh.

    Denver. Yawn.

    Tres Bien. WAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!

  11. Ladybug- yeah, the only “light-spirited” song I can remember them doing is Country Time. Perhaps their originals aren’t as intense as the covers they’ve been doing on the show. When it comes to covers, though, it takes a little more emotional investment in order to “make a song your own” so I think the Clarks are making the right choices so far.

    I liked “You’re in My Heart” enough, but Ashley could open his eyes more often and try to connect better with the audience at home. Did anyone else get a Keith Urban vibe from their performance?

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