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DaCadence

University of Maryland

The Monster - Single (2015)

3.0

Review By Catherine Lewis

January 20, 2016

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The Monster is the lead-off single for a new album from the University of Maryland's DaCadence. The song is a solid choice for a coed group: it has energy, shifts in sounds, and features both a male and female lead vocalist (though neither is credited on the song's Loudr page).

DaCadence's version of The Monster is good but not especially memorable. The tuning and blend are on-point, but there's not enough drama and not enough dynamics to make this a truly compelling story. The problem with a song not getting quiet enough is that it has no place to grow; the group gets a little shouty just before the second verse, and that's only halfway through the song. Similarly, the backs get a little too loud in the second verse, providing unnecessary competition for the leads.

As a standalone single, DaCadence's cover of The Monster is well-sung but doesn't have enough substance to last. But as a teaser for a new album, it showcases enough of the group's talent to pique interest for other songs to come.

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