Rollin’ by macico

Rollin’

22.05.18 / macico

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Full Review

Take the vocals out and you might think this is the instrumental track for some forgotten Mariah Carey song. Not sure if anyone in macico (pronounced ma-chi-ko) is a fan, but if I had to guess…

Composition

Some interesting sounds and samples used throughout which help spice up what’s a pretty uninspired pop song. The song is put together fine, as by-the-book as they come, but I feel like they could have done more. It sounds like the band is still finding their sound, and just needs a bit more time experimenting and writing to find it.

Performance

The instruments are hard to judge here as everything has been squashed in the mix. Certainly no bad performances, but definitely lacking dynamics and phrasing. This puts a lot of pressure on the vocalist to carry the emotive weight of the song with their performance, and though they tried, I don’t think it was enough.

Meaning

Beautiful imagery in the lyrics but no real message. Not quite sure what the end goal of the song was, trying to give listeners a general feeling of natural beauty while hinting at the epic? The music certainly doesn’t help convey this at all, so it’s a bit of a flop. A nice feel-good message that would work as a filler track on a rainy day mix album.

Production

While everything is recorded well, the whole track sounds a bit overproduced. The elements of a good track all seem in place, but bad programming and a flat mix just don’t get us past average. On the positive side, nothing stands out as bad or unpleasant. So just an OK track.

Presentation

Weird image of shadow of a hand holding a flower as the cover. This may be trying to tie into the lyrics somehow, but I just can’t find the connection. It’s a nice picture, but it doesn’t seem to fit with anything else.

Verdict

Overall a pretty plain pop track. Not incredible, but not bad either. If you like pop you might like it, but I don’t see it being worth listening closely to more than once.

Overall
2.4
  • Composition
  • Performance
  • Song Meaning
  • Production
  • Presentation

Verdict

An average pop track. Not incredible, but not bad either. If you like pop you may like it, but I don’t think it’s worth more than one listen.

Reviewed: 22.05.25 / Reviewer: EB

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