The sound quality of this mp3 download is awful. The recording sounds like it was made with the input levels set too high -- oversaturated and distorted. This is why I hate to buy mp3 downloads . . . this seems to be far too common -- lots of walmart downloads have the same problem.
Let me start by saying that I really like this song.
My beef is with whoever approved the final products sound quality. I can't believe someone else didn't mention this. The entire song is so badly clipped that even quieter parts of the song (if you could call them that) are distorted. The bass is slamming into an absolute brick wall.
I'm willing to bet that the distortion crept in during the mastering process. Just like many other pop releases today the mastering engineers and album producers are trying to get their albums as loud as they can. But this is way over the line.
The very fact that this song (with this horred sound quality) made it into the marketplace is unbelieveable. The sound is so bad that it makes the song unlistenable.
I thought the Twilight Soundtrack was bad but DAMN. Whomever is responsible for this should get an award for producing one of the worst sounding singles EVER.
When it comes down to this past year, we really haven't heard much with a good style of R&B from overseas. While so much of the latest Soul songs have been feeling mostly flimsy from newcomers like American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and even legendary divas like Mariah Carey, there really is a whole lot more that could sound better. For newcomer Estelle, she really has shown that she has a dominant beat from Londowntown in the U.K.. Her debut single, American Boy from her first album Shine. The song is a very strong collaboration with rapper Kayne West and captures the R&B beat that I haven't heard as well as when I've heard from since The Brand New Heavies back in the 90's. The song is really one of those hidden surprises out there that radio hasn't yet picked up in America. I really hope audiences give Estelle a warm welcome, and I hope she makes really good songs for years to come.
Song: B 1/2+
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