It’s about that time…. No not to bring forth the rhythm and the rhyme. I know you’re gonna get yours and you want to see sweat commin’ out my pores but I gotta put my foot down and end this weird Marky Mark train of thought (this happened and it’s staying) because we need to talk about the new (old) song that was just released by something called Sofa whatever.
Listen to the original:
So yesterday it hits the webs and I immediately text UC since this was like a def con level 5 Rob moment and I couldn’t hit play cause there were over the shoulder hangers on at work and I didn’t want to risk having to explain the clapping/screaming/moaning that could potentially be coming from my computer if I hit play. So like a good internet wifey she started sending me her thoughts… she wasn’t a big fan of it… and of course I have to be devil’s advocate and think it can’t be that bad right? I mean it’s YOU! You could record bunnies frolicking and we’d like it. But UC brought us that THAT is the exact reason it might not be the best thing since sliced bread. We are blinded by YOU and unable to think about things rationally when a hot man is holding a guitar and singing. GUILTY! So at UC’s insistence we edited out the intro with his name, uploaded the song, renamed it something random and I sent it out to a small handful of trusted, good music loving, friends to see what the REAL verdict was.
I emailed them the link and only said “give me your honest opinions.”
So clearly, before we start we all realize this is a rough demo type recording, not professional, etc…
Here are some of the responses I got back from my initial email…
First response was from LTT friend/contributor and brother to Moon: The Hatchet
It’s raw and unbridled. It’s clear the heartbreak in the singer’s voice. There’s talent there for rough song. Not necessarily my cup if tea, but I appreciate it.
Who is it?
From ItsintheShoes –
It’s not that great. His voice breaks A LOT. and overall there’s really weak song structure. but you know, it’s not making me stab my eyes out with pencils or anything. Who is it?
aww he’s trying to be Ray LaMontagne! and I will most certainly NOT ignore those photos, Moon. also, I didn’t realize he put this stuff out into the world. ballsy.
Follow the cut to see what happens
he mumbles a lot. is this rob?? hahahahah.sounds like it is trying to be acoustic ryan adams-esque (older stuff, obviously)? and add in a little foy vance to it too.
i … kind of like this. a lot. especially on a cold/dreary day. i have not followed the lyrics of it. but i always have a hard time following lyrics in general.
I responded to HisOneandOnly and told her it was indeed Rob. Her response:
HAHA oh it IS him?! hahahahahaha. i guess that mumble just gives him away. hahha. ah, yes i see though, how it could be easily blinded by him. but i agree with you – that there is definitely a lot of potential there and it is good stuff. i mean, im pretty sure if he sounded like that singer from Creed (sorry Scott Stapp), we would NOT like his music, no matter how hot rob is.
From Shesnotgonnastay (an actual recording songwriter):
There’s something happening in this track, but I’m not sure exactly what it is. The voice is really great and the vibe is there, but it’s a bit too stream of consciousness for me. The guitar’s a mess and I don’t hear any melodies or lyric ideas that would make the song memorable—save for “it’s all on you.”
That said, I hear the signs of real artistry in the track, just not “for the masses” artistry.
This is obviously a live appearance of something somewhere (given the sounds of camera shutters and the applause at the end) so it may have just been a moment, in which case I would love to hear more from this artist, but if the whole catalog sounds like this I’ll take my Damien Rice and go home thank you very much.
After I told Shesnotgonnastay that it was Rob he responded:
That’s really funny. Dude’s got a cool voice. A little shaky in spots, but fits the vibe he was going for.
From The Font-
Seems like a lot of grunting and vamping to me? But I am not the target audience for dude with a guitar singing about his feelings rock.
From White Yorkie-
I dunno, it sounds like a bunch of other stuff… In my opinion, it’s hard to make this genre of music sound fresh these days.
after the big reveal that it’s Rob, White Yorkie said..
interesting… he’s not terrible…
Guy has a good voice, the song has very little structure, like…he’s making it up as he goes. Reminds be of Amos Lee.
After I told EastCoastGuyFriend it was Rob and not a friend he responded:
Ok, I was being polite cause I thought it was your friend.
The song sucks, the lyrics are a mess of nickelback vibrado (sp). Basically, hes trying too hard. there aren’t 4 chords that follow the same chord progression in the entire song. Just stick to taking tweens buy your poster, Bob patterson
Oh boys… will they ever change?
No, boys will never change but at least we had the majority of the sample population be intrigued and ask who you were! I feel like we’re getting somewhere. So while this recording may not land you a on all the hot music blogs and have the masses clamoring for tickets it showed us we were not only blinded by your loveliness but that actual lovers of good music thought you were interesting and had potential! YEA!!! We’re not crazy!! Ok, only a little bit crazy.
Going for another listen…
So what were your thoughts on the song? Can we not be prejudiced either way about Rob or his music at this point?
Source: everyone and their dog for posting this.