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CD REVIEW: Watashi Wa - "The Love Of Life"
By Gian F - 07/01/2003 - 12:59 AM EDT

Artist: Watashi Wa
Album: "The Love Of Life"
CD Review: Genre: Rock
Sounds Like: A Flock Of Seagulls/Goo Goo Dolls
Technical Grade: 7
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7
Commercial Value: 7
Overall Talent Level: 6
Songwriting Skills: 6
Performance Skill: 7
Best Songs: All Of Me, Clear, The Air I Breathe
Weakness: Songs sound the same
CD Review: This is the kind of band, and project, where when you hear just one song, you know immediately if you like it or not. I liked it, but I did not love it. Their best and most commercial song, "All Of Me," captures the band at its best with a strong, well-produced track, that lingers in your subconscious after you've heard it. The only song that comes close to recalling its effectiveness is "Clear," which should be the follow-up single.

The good news for these guys is that CDs only need to have two singles to work these days. The bad news is that you have to have more than two good songs on your project to elevate you to "the next level" in the industry - especially if you want to be in it for the long haul.

Advice: Find a producer who can harvest the uniqueness of your vocal talents and rythm section. Those are your strengths, go with them, and take more risks creatively. It will benefit you, and be more pleasing to the listener.

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