Sonohara
Pleasantville


2.0
poor

Review

by kalkwiese USER (1 Reviews)
June 5th, 2021 | 11 replies


Release Date: 03/12/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The album lacks variety and the very basic songwriting just didn't catch my attention

Obligatory sentences for a first review on sput:
This is my first review! Not in general, but 1) on sput and 2) in English. Please feel free to correct me to improve this review’s quality.

This is also a first time in other aspects: I didn’t listen to Sonohara before and – something that makes this harder form me to review – I never listened to something in this style of music. I don’t even know how to properly classify this with genre labels to give you an idea what it sounds like, so I’ve got to give you a few sentences for that.

You see, this isn’t a classy, objectivity driven review of someone who can put aside their own opinion to let you decide for yourself whether or not you could like this. Look at this review as a longer sound off, a one sided discussion of my own opinion.

Sonohara strikes me as the project of someone who makes music for fun and mostly for themselves and I don’t want to dunk on someone or take away the fun in doing what they love. But I promised to write something about this; and when this review will be online, you will have seen my rating already – I’m not exactly blown away.

The foundation for every track here is programmed drums and a prominent bass. That’s cool. Drums and bass get the company of synths and – but not as often – vocals. While the former are perfectly fine and add some melody to the mix, the latter are quite poor. The whispered vocal in „Scarred“ are fine, but the singing in „Honestly“ just doesn’t add anything positive in my opinion. The tone is unpleasant (which can be justified by „being punk“), the melody just follows the instrumental melody (which is just boring, idk) and the lyrics are kind of cringy:

„But honestly, you’re just keeping me alive
And honestly, I just need you in my life
Or else I’ll die and fade right out
Maybe you used me for clout
So I’ll die and fade right out
Cause you just used me for clout.“

It’s not like there aren’t any ideas here. There are. Sonohara wrote some cool riffs and motives actually. The problem is the songwriting. Most songs have a very similar pace, they repeat the same riff over and over, but vary it here and there. Sonohara put some thought into the arrangements as well. It’s clear they have some experience doing this. Positive examples might be the opener, the closer and Torn To Shreds. For the most part though, the songs are still too repetitive for me to be enjoyable. The riffs often have a very similar rhythmic approach and attitude as well. The album feels cohesive, but samey.
Unfortunatly none of the tracks really made me want to come back to the album. The better songs are pretty consistent in quality and not terrible though. The album makes some decent, upbeat background noise in it’s best moments and I really don’t mean this as an insult.

Since I have reason to believe Sonohara will actually read this: keep it up. Don’t stop making music, keep working, keep writing and keep trying new things. This is a foundation you can improve upon.

So, to wrap this all up: The basic foundation is quite nice actually, but the album just lacks some variety for a runtime of almost 50 minutes. Also the songwriting is very basic and just didn’t catch my attention.


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kalkwiese
June 5th 2021


7299 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This review was written for JohnnyoftheWell’s list „Review a random album [2021]“

(https://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?listid=196429).



Sonohara's bandcamp:

https://sonohara.bandcamp.com/album/pleasantville

YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2021


14137 Comments


nice review! Looks like I won’t be listening to this haha.


Slight spacing issue in the third-to-last paragraph where it says: “none oft he tracks”

Digging: Sweet Trip - A Tiny House, In Secret Speeches, Polar Equals

DivergentThinking
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2021


9983 Comments


Awesome first review! pos'd

kalkwiese
June 5th 2021


7299 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thank you guys! I'm gonna fix the spacing issue. My writing program actually does this a lot when I write in English, it's super annoying.



I feel kind of bad for slapping a 2 on this. "Poor" sounds super harsh. But anything higher just didn't sit right with me.

DadKungFu
June 5th 2021


1195 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

2 is pretty justified, this has some cool ideas but is overall just monotonous

EphemeralEternity
June 8th 2021


3860 Comments


Or else I’ll die and fade right out
Maybe you used me for clout
So I’ll die and fade right out
Cause you just used me for clout

Since I have reason to believe Sonohara will actually read this: cease and desist from breathing immediately

kalkwiese
June 8th 2021


7299 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

These lyrics rub me in so many wrong ways. It's like the kind of stuff a mentally ill but abusive partner would say. There might be more interpretations to that, but it's incredibly premature at the very least

Valzentia
June 10th 2021


1145 Comments


"Since I have reason to believe Sonohara will actually read this: cease and desist from breathing immediately"

i'm going to continue breathing just to infuriate you

Anyway thanks for the review. This is actually my album, and I appreciate all the honesty. I'll take all of this into account and I will build upon this even more and hopefully get even better :-)

Also yeah this was like my first shot at lyric writing anything so it's not gonna be a masterpiece LOL. That was partially me trying to stop being a little bitch and actually get over my fear of putting vocals on my music :P

DadKungFu
June 11th 2021


1195 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

tbh I'm hella impressed with your response to the reactions, way better than I'd react

kalkwiese
June 11th 2021


7299 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yes, the response is pretty cool I always want to encourage people to get some local singing lessons. You don't have to become the best singer in the world, but getting some fundamentals down can help a lot and YouTube videos about singing are usually really bad. Like, seriously, most of them are pure crap. If you have the opportunity and the money, you should give it a shot

Valzentia
June 15th 2021


1145 Comments


"tbh I'm hella impressed with your response to the reactions, way better than I'd react"

haha. I don't see a reason to get mad, really. it's just music. can't please everyone.

@kalk: noted. been something I have wanted to do for a while, but i'm poor as hell haha



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