A.J. Gundell

A.J. Gundell

Title: Songwriter, Composer, Music Supervisor, Producer
Genres: Rock, Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Country, All Contemporary/Hot 100 Music Library Genres
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Bio: Andy "A.J." Gundell is a 13-time Emmy award-winning songwriter, composer, music supervisor and producer... and currently the… read more

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song: Caribbean Christmas
artist: The Silvers

genre: World - Reggaeton
stats: playlists: 0 | song plays: 26
General Overview
What Genre is most appropriate for this song?
World

What is an appropriate title for this song?
Caribbean Christmas

What artist does this song most remind you of?
Bob Marley

What best describes the subject matter of this song?
Time - Holidays - Xmas

What era does this song fall under?
2000 and later

What best describes the mood of this song?
Happy - Cheerful

Song Analysis
Quality of Lyrics
4/5

Quality of the Hook
4/5

Quality of the Verses
4/5

Quality of the Chorus
4/5

Quality of the Breaks
3/5

Quality of Instrumentation
3/5

Quality of Arrangement
3/5

Quality of the Melody
5/5

Quality of the Chord Progression
4/5

Quality of the Instrumental Hooks
3/5

Marriage Between Chorus and Verse
4/5

Marriage Between Music and Lyrics
5/5

Instrumentation
Quality of the Instrument/Sound Selection
3/5

Quality of the Lead Performances
4/5

Quality of the Meter
5/5

Quality of Keyboards
4/5

Quality of Guitar
5/5

Quality of Bass
4/5

Quality of Percussion
3/5

Quality of Intro/Opening Line
4/5

Vocals
Quality of the Vocal Pitch
4/5

Quality of Vocal Phrasing and Performance
4/5

Quality of the Backup Vocals
4/5

Quality of Vocal
4/5

Production
Quality of Recording (Techniques)
3/5

Quality of Mix
4/5

Originality of Song
4/5

Overall Rating
4/5

Quality of the Title
5/5

General Comments

The Silvers bring us an early Christmas present this year with this fun, funny, very clever world/reggae holiday tune with a bouncy, feel-good groove, "Caribbean Christmas." Working effectively with the song's premise that a Caribbean Christmas makes no sense, the lyric writing has some killer, laugh out loud funny lines: "Take your time and think about it man, no one builds a snowman out of sand" and "Reindeer don't like sand between their toes, Rudolph might get sunburn on his nose." Song form is a solid A-A-B-A with a hooky tag at the end of each A section and a cool B section providing some more comic as well as musical relief before returning to the A. It's also a total song-worm of a melody that stays with you long after listening. The singer and the recording hold down the song's concept nicely with the ear candy we expect: marimba loops, reggae-flavored guitar accents, and of course occasional but well-placed sleigh bells. It's really a totally infectious package that makes you want to buy this as an early Christmas present and slip it under the tree for a friend with a good sense of humor. Awesome, folks!


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Artist's Submitted Question:

We would like your critique of this song. Thank you.

Pro's Answer/Comments:

As I say above, I think the song is really well-written overall and stands up very nicely on its own. I feel your challenge in first saying a tropical Christmas "makes no sense"; then transitioning to a more positive spin at the end, saying "somehow people still believe, Santa still can make his way across the sea." To maintain the through-line of that transition, I'd edit/cut the A section following "so just be calm"--and get right to "suddenly I hear the sleigh bells ring"...so you can continue and end positively/upbeat on "Santa's come to me... so magically."

In another pass at a record/demo, maybe the arrangement could capture a little more of the authenticity of a Caribbean/reggae record. The drum loops/beats could transition from the current kick on one and three to the more standard reggae two and four, with the bass and accents following. And as much as I like the singer and think this is currently a solid job, maybe a little more Caribbean flavor and Jamaican accent, if only occasionally, would be cool there, too. For example, "Think about it, man" might become "Think about it, mon'; and "No one builds a snowman out of sand" flips to a little Jamaican accent on "sand," to "sond." You get it...


Quote From Pro:

The Silvers bring us an early Christmas present this year with this fun, funny, very clever world/reggae holiday tune with a bouncy, feel-good groove, "Caribbean Christmas.". It's really a totally infectious package that makes you want to buy this as an early Christmas present and slip it under the tree for a friend with a good sense of humor. Awesome, folks!


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