Extention Project: Review

First review: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/bands/Nickelback/1945/ – Last accessed on 14/03/2016

Intro: The review starts with the reviewer talking about the band Nickelback’s early career saying they accomplished more than most bands in the 2000s as well as describing who they are. He mentions the struggle they had to begin with getting a single noticed outside of Canada until they were successful with their song “How you remind me” gaining them a lot of awards and topping the charts in several countries which was the start of making them as popular and well known as they are today. This introduction was very factual about their early career and how they formed. It also explained well on what was the song that kick-started their bands career and how they got their popularity. It is written in a formal text and the reviewer has clearly done his research on the band.

Body: The body of the interview is in a typical web page layout with paragraphs. This layout makes it easy and simple to read and is also friendly towards other devises accessing the webpage such as tablet or mobile. It is all text with no pictures however the text is size is rather small and in a font that appears thin so it can be difficult to read for visually impaired. The information flow is constant and covers many areas in a timeline manner with a range of topics from them personally to the bands tours and singles. When reading this review, I noticed that there was some miss typing due to lack of the use of the space bar which could be a coding error on the site.

Conclusion: In the conclusion of the review, they finish off by talking about the personal relationship status of the lead singer of Nickelback. They mention the dates of the year when this happened and then conclude with their latest work of them making their first compilation album.

 

Second review: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/b6w6 – Last accessed on 14/03/2016

Intro: This review is about Green Day’s new album called “21st century breakdown.” The review starts with the reviewer introducing the album of the bands, how long it took to make and the length it is in total. It is said that the pop bands that are interviewed nowadays aren’t making much money and it isn’t easy to take them seriously. The intro is abbreviated and using words that are disengaging. When reading this it through me off and I didn’t really understand it clearly.

Body: The layout of the review is in a paragraph format in the center of the web page. This makes it more accessible to other media devises such as mobiles and tablets. The background is a dark grey colour and the text is white so it stands out more clearly and it is in a simple font so there is no difficulty reading. There are zero illustrations or links within this review so it is just pure text. The way it is written is very informal, evidence that shows this is the continous use of brackets to make a comment about something as well as a couple of jokes or puns within the review such as “war (huh) what is it good for?” Also, the language used in this is a bit difficult to understand at times with the use of larger or uncommon words and abbreviations.  There is also a use of censoring swears in this review several times to keep it more at a “mature” level.

Conclusion: The conclusion starts with the reviewer reflecting on the album saying it is “refreshing” and that the style of music that is on that album would have realistically died out about 30 years ago. The reviewer then praises the album saying it is creative, but comments saying “it wont change the world” but has the positive effects to make children dance and be happy which is the message that gets the reviewers approval.

 

Comparison:

In comparison, The first review’s intro was a lot more factual. It spoke about the early days of the bands career and spoke about the struggle to be noticed. The second review opened up with a few facts however then went on the more casual approach and spoke about comparing Green Day to other bands. If I was to gain inspiration from one of these reviews, I would side more with the second review opening wise, this is because even though it isn’t all facts about the band, it shows a picture more of what the band is like than the first. The style of writing I think I would use would be more of a formal approach but not as formal as the first review which seemed to rely on mostly facts.

The body of the reviewers were slightly different layout wise. Both had a dark background with a lighter text colour to make it stand out and both were laid out to be read on different types of media platforms. A difference was the style of writing, the first review was formal while the second one was not; yet the second one tried harder to use more less common words than the first. I would use the first review as inspiration for my review. This is because it is easier to read and understand, however I would also use the same layout which they both use colour scheme wise and the way the text was laid out. I would consider using a slightly larger font though to make it more easy to read.

The conclusions of both reviews were completely different. The first review focused on the lead singers personal life and where/what is the band doing now, while the first one reflected on the band and the bands album in a whole which felt more of a satisfying conclusion. I would use a bit of both for a conclusion in my review. I would speak about where the band is now and what they are planning for the future like the first review did, but also wrap up the review in the same sense that the second review did.

My Review of Impuritas:

Impuritas, A death metal band from Ramsgate Kent, have been on the music scene since 2012 and have taken the local music industry by storm. Their new fresh style on the death metal with lyrics that hold a very close meaning to them is inspiring to many future death metal bands to come.

Their latest album, “The Human Condition” has now been around online for the past couple of years and is still played live in tours and music events today. Their most popular song called “Plague of Vermin” was played at this years death metal event in Croydon on 11th March and got the audience pumped; they played aside with many well known local death metal bands such as “A Night in the Abyss” and “Sea of Treachery.” Impuritas are getting their name out there and are working towards to be a band to be remembered, already they have another couple of gigs planned in the early future such as playing at The Beacon Court March 15th in Gillingham, and at the Maidens Head in Canterbury August 2016. Some friends of the band even get to see then rehearse and practice their new material before gigs such as these if they are in the area. They own now a studio of their own based in their home town of Ramsgate that has everything a death metal band needs from a recording room to brand new instruments and audio equipment.

Impuritas has been through a few changes throughout the years they have been together such as the two people who started the band were Tom and Alex. However due to disputes, disagreements and arguments, Alex was kicked out of the band and was replaced by a new bass guitarist. The one who replaced him was already a friends with most of the band members and was happily accepted into the band. They have said that the band is now better than ever and that they have all become a lot closer friends because of Impuritas.

Impuritas has certainly got a bright future ahead of them and they show no signs of slowing down any time soon. With their positive attitude and motivation towards their music and their love for their fan base, they are going to be around for a long time and making a lot of noise! It is only a matter of time before they release their new album which has been in the works now for a year but it definitely gives the fans of death metal and Impuritas something to look forward too.

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Extention Project: Review

One thought on “Extention Project: Review

  1. Feedback: You have produced an excellent analysis of existing reviews, which gave you some good ideas how to structure and write your own one. This task also shows your full understanding of contextual analysis of existing media products, other music artists’ reviews.
    Your own music review is an excellent piece or writing. You have managed to portray the band in a very positive light and give good idea of what their music is like.

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