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David H. Levin

The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena) - Single (2014)


Review By TeKay

July 17, 2014

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Something magical happens when you hear a solo singing voice multi-tracked. Usually, it results in a harmony with impeccable blend and mesmerizing overtones. It can align with that singular pulse that powers the universe. Okay, well that's all a bit hyperbolic, but from the many examples on YouTube, you can see (and hear) what a gorgeous one-man band can do when it is enhanced by technology.

Which makes it all the more perplexing that someone would release a track that doesn't have that natural blend and balance and didn't utilize the tricks of the trade that would have made it more commercial and current.

David H. Levin's The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena) is a vanity project at best. And that's not a bad thing, technically. But the song doesn't fire on any cylinders. The Jan and Dean original/Beach Boys cover is a catchy surf song. Levin tried to capture that fun energy — especially in the lively and rocking bass — but the rest doesn't have that same zest. The transcriptive arrangement doesn't help matters, add that and the aforementioned intonation issues literally grind the song to a halt. 

Still, I'm glad that Levin created the track. Plenty of people may like and feel nostalgic for the lo-fi, homespun quality, but the rest of us will wait for the next high tide to surf a better aural wave.


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