On one of my many visits to ReverbNation, I came across Oyez's profile and he actually requested that I review one of his songs. That was last year. So the time of fulfillment has come (LOL!) and I decided to feature his song, "High" here today.

Special Thanks to Kayode Martins-Olowo of PraizHouse for also recommending this review and providing much needed information on this artiste. It turns out that Oyez is actually a Computer Scientist who does web design and also blogs. Without wasting any more time, here is "High":



One thing that artistes take for granted is the length of a song. Spanning just 3:19, Oyez seems to understand the importance of keeping the track short and sweet. Another sweet part of the song for me was the chorus sang by the female background vocals where they kept repeating "Oh, Lord lift me high, I wanna go high!" That echo effect / reverb effect actually worked well because of the style of music, i.e. pop. The brief modulation or key change was unexpected and I liked the fact that afterwards the song reverted back to the original key. The outro was cool with the "Ah, Ah, Ah" part and the applause (which was also included in the intro). So, it brings a sense of completeness to the song. The structure of the chorus is actually the BEST part of this song as it sets a good foundation especially when paired with the pop beats.


The first thing that hit me about this song was the beats. The introductory beats were quite confusing for me and generally there were a lot of things going on at the same time. Another aspect of the song that could have been omitted was the unnecessary and excessive use of auto-tune by Oyez while singing the verses. I have mentioned before that I think auto-tune makes artistes come across as vocally lazy. In this case, the auto-tune pretty much hid Oyez's vocals so that I could not assess his vocal ability as well as I could have without the auto-tune. The reverb effect started out as a good thing, but quickly descended into the realm of "very distracting." The song-writing came across as being very amateur and definitely needs more work. In fact, it sounded like he was just reading the words to the tempo of the beats. Furthermore, the delivery of the verses could also be improved as it sounded rushed. The voice that keeps repeating "Shake your body for the Lord" is quite annoying and should have been used sparingly.


This song is okay for a pop song, but it needs some MAJOR tweaking. It is better to err on the side of simplicity and taking out some of the elements I mentioned above will make this song more "listener-friendly."

Of course, there's more information on Oyez as you can see:

Artiste's Stage Name: Oyez!

Artiste's Real Name: Oyezechukwu Emmanuel

ReverbNation Page: http://www.reverbnation.com/oyez

Connect with Oyez: Facebook  Twitter  Youtube

Please see the download link at the bottom. That's it from me, y'all. Have a glorious week ahead! *waving goodbye*

**DOWNLOAD "High" here

This review was done by my friend The Relentless Builder

You can read more reviews from her at http://relentlessbuilder.blogspot.com/

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