Guy dreams about breaking up with girl. Girl awakens him before he does. Any questions?
Amazing picture quality
Great shot selection and pacing
Crappy audio at the end
I just finished watching “Nightmare”, the latest video from Soul artist D’Sean Kirkland. I gotta admit, I was pretty impressed with the entire production. It’s one of those videos that piques your interest from the beginning and keeps you intrigued until the final moments. It’s a solid piece that has only a few missteps. With that said, allow me to drop my official $.02…
The Good: The first thing that caught my attention was the cinematography and editing. Will Thomas attentive directorial eye was on point. The lighting, color, and pacing really sets the mood for the audience. The song’s melodics were spot on. Kirkland’s production skills are air tight as sequences of piano, string and synth chords connect to give you a smooth groove to vibe to. Kirkland’s voice is right on par for the course; his clean and supple tone is uniquely pleasant and very enjoyable. However, the star of the show was the seemingly effortless collaboration between Kirkland and Thomas. This is one of those visual occurrences that bring the writer’s (Kirkland) thoughts and lyrics to life. The vid has a “Love and Basketball” vibe to it. And like the movie, we watch Kirkland and his lady grow up and unfortunately grow apart.
The Bad: There were three things that really turned me off while I was tuning in, Kirkland’s gratuitous use of Autotune, the song’s tinny percussion, and the audio mishaps at the end of the video. Kirkland has a solid voice but it is cheapened by the overt usage of Autotune. I mean, c’mon son, you can sing. You have natural talent, so there’s no Autotune necessary. As the adage goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I stand by my statement about Kirkland’s abilities as a producer; the song is hot without a doubt. But where it fell short for me was the percussion. I get tired of hearing the same 808 kick and clap used in hundreds of songs using the same sequence that plays here. My advice is to add a filter or layer your drums. This will add some variance to your sound. Finally there are the audio problems at the end of the video. I fault Thomas with this issue because as a director you’re not supposed to let things like that happen. You should pull this video back (regardless of its current views) and fix from 4:15 to 4:27. This will take this video from being just “good” on YouTube to being “great” on a major media outlet.
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Overall: I think this video is awesome. It has its flaws, but it is a great video to watch. It’s engaging, inviting and does a great job marrying the audible and lyrical aspects of the song to the visual appeal of the video. If they can make a few adjustments on their next collaboration I’m sure they’ll make a damn near flawless video. Do yourself a favor and check this video out. It’s definitely worth it! That’s my $.02… What’s yours?