Randal McLister
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Randal McLister

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Reviewed on 08 Nov 2009
Score: 9/10
Such an amazing love song! Very sweet words that speak to the heart and provide comfort to the senses. The singer's voice is so sophsiticated sounding and yet has an amazing masculine ruggedness to it. The song didn't feel too rushed or fast paced and the instrumentals were finely crafted to create a lovely mood.

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2009
Score: 7/10
Nice guitar sound on this one the the vocals are have a very good standard. The music is good and has a nice sound to it overall not a bad song

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2009
Score: 7/10
its an acoustic song. i like the intro played in guitar. It is very simple yet vey good to hear. it really attract me.

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2009
Score: 7/10
Nice mellow track, singers a little bit nervous, but love the guitar, could be a very decent song if the quality and the singer upped his game ;)

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2009
Score: 8/10
i thought that this track was excellent, the emotion running through it is gorgeous throughout. the vocals are brillinat, they're very well in tune and the singer is lovely to listen to. The melodies are gorgeous, the gentle progression that the track has is superb throughout. the arrangement and the acoustic style of the track are brillinat, the structure is tight throughout and the timing is perfect.

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2009
Score: 7/10
its a wonderfull song. the vocalist voice has so characteristic, the guitar instrument is pretty good. its nice melody, the lyric is so touching.

Reviewed on 09 Nov 2009
Score: 8/10
The lyrics are pretty good and the song is well constructed. The guitar is simple but also quite melodic and the vocal has a quite decent voice. The sound quality is mostly good and the song is catchy. You could add a bit more instruments.

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2009
Score: 8/10
I liked the general easy going feel of this acoustic melody, it certainly took me back to a simpler time. Well orchestrated male vocals too. I was impressed.

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2009
Score: 7/10
it was a sweet acousti accompaniment. the melody was nice and soothing to listen to. it was a charming tone and the vocals was able to stand out as well. the singing was pretty impressive. there's emotion to the delivery was clear all the way.

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2009
Score: 9/10
Great clear sounding track. Lrics work well. I like the more emphaised lyrcis as it builds up to the chours! A great song to listen too.
- Slice the Pie


Reviewed on 08 Nov 2009
Score: 8/10
I thought that this track was brillinat, really uplifting to listen to. the vocals are excellent, they're well in tune throughout and are lovely to listen to. the lyrics are very inventive, beautifully written to suit the feel of the track. The guitar is awesome, the composition is flawless and the poetic style to the track is gorgoeous. the whole feel is very smoothly done.

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2009
Score: 7/10
this one is probably the best compose and perform from this vocalist, well at least he his making a really nice delivery, not nervous, not off, that is a big improove.

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2009
Score: 7/10
i like the song, i can compare it how the greenday band playedreally good and it surely catches the listener.

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2009
Score: 7/10
Gentle start to this acoustic rhythm which i quite liked the power of.The lead male vocalists voice was quite eloquent and well pushed along. I give him props for his sweet vocal tones.



- Slice the Pie


Reviewed on 12 Nov 2009
Score: 7/10
I really felt the emotion within the lead male vocalists voice, he had tremendous bringing within his vocals. Made it sound slick.

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2009
Score: 8/10
I thought that this track was excellent, i relly liked the upbeat sound that it had to it. the arrangement is great, really fluid throughout. the voacls are brillinat, they're well in tune throughout the piece and the lyrics are deliered with clarity throughout. the progression is really gentle and the guitars are gorgeous troughout.

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2009
Score: 7/10
Nice little song this one the guitar is simple but effective the overall sound is good and the vocals are good as well

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2009
Score: 7/10
A well played guitar that has a good solid quality to it. The vocals are smooth and contribute their part perfectly to the track.



- Slice the Pie


Reviewed on 27 Jun 2009
Score: 9/10

Great voice carrying the lyrics in the song with a pleasing play of the guitar to back it up in the track, sounds pretty much sweet even with just the guitar and if the musical tempo is improved it can create magic.

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2009
Score: 8/10

I like the instrumentals. it was a cool acoustic guitar in the background. consistent strumming and add to that the charming vocals. the singing and the instrumentals together sounded great. pretty enjoyable and appealing to listen to.

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2009
Score: 7/10

nice another nice acoustica i like the whole tune simple.

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2009
Score: 7/10

I quite liked the generally easily formed acoustic offering, it came together beautifully well. The lead male vocalist sang very well indeed. Sounds good.

Reviewed on 05 Oct 2009
Score: 7/10

Sincere vocals made it's way to the audience attention and made them really listen to the song. The guitar melodies might not be that massive but overall it did a well job on making people pay attention and trully listen to the song. It came out good and it continued to sound even better as the song goes on. It has this rawness that makes people listen more to the song.

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2009
Score: 8/10

The tune of this acoustic song sounds quite common. It sounds familiar to me. Even though, this song is really great. I love the message, it is really inspirational. "Try again and try again." That is the best opening line for me. I love the message of the song.

Reviewed on 05 May 2009
Score: 8/10

The lyrics are wholesome and quite meaningful. The singing is okay. The instruments just have to be more flowing and smoother.

Reviewed on 14 May 2009
Score: 10/10

Excellent easy listening sony really enjoyed it very happy song enjoy accoustic guitar music and solo singing.

Reviewed on 04 Feb 2009
Score: 8/10

a nice sounding ttrack the voice in this track was amazing i felt that they could have more thought gone into the music i felt it was bland and dull and didnt do the singer no justice
- Slice the Pie


Reviewed on 03 Jul 2009
Score: 8/10

What a lovely intro to this track! It makes a refreshing change to hear something sweet. Lovely vocals and lyrics set to some sweet innocent music. How lovely!


Reviewed on 20 Aug 2009
Score: 7/10

This is such a quirky song with really fun lyrics. Starts off with a guy talking about a girl selling sea shells by the sea shore, like the children's rhyme. But then, the song gets really deep and talks about a girl trying to escape her regular mundane life. And, then she realizes that she made a mistake by leaving utopia. A very deep subject for such a light hearted and light folk type song. Very breezy vocal style, easy on the ears.

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2009
Score: 7/10

i thought that this track was really cool, it's upbeat and light to listen to. The vocals are great, the singer is nicely in tune for the duration of the track and his voice is really cool. I thought that the progression of the sound was subtle, but enough to keep the trac from feeling staid. The lyrics are great, really interesting and pleasant to listen to. THe acoustic feel gives a lot of atmosphere to the track, and the dynamics are excellent. Really great sound, very genuine and open.

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2009
Score: 7/10

the instrument play was simple and clean. i liked how the guitar didn't overpower the vocals on the song. it allowed the singing to stand out more. the lyrical content was pretty interesting, but i have admit that the first few lines threw me off. the vocals performed well. i would have liked their flow to be smoother and i think that they could have been a bit more fluic. the singer's voice also worked well for the track.

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2009
Score: 8/10

I quite liked the sweet elegance within the lead male vocalists voice. He sang with a very positive and confident vocal stance and worked well alongside the acoustic riffs well.

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2009
Score: 7/10

Even though the track was acoustic led there was some good moments. I felt it suited the style of the delivery from the vocals to have that scaled back feel. It moved along nicely.

Reviewed on 09 Jun 2009
Score: 8/10

the vocals was really charming and i like the warm and the richness of the vocal quality. it's something that's very easy to listen to. the delivery was natural and smoothly done. the instrumentals was simple and it complemented the track.,

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2009
Score: 9/10

It has good tune and good singer as well. This the accompaniment sounds awsome man! - Slice the Pie


Reviewed on 19 May 2009
Score: 9/10

A stunning song that is ready for commercial sales right now. It has a soulful vocal performance that is sung in a truly unique vocal tone. Little bit of a pitch flub at 1:40, but mostly consistent. The melody was also rich.

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2009
Score: 7/10

Passionate music was the key in this track.The vocal was expresive nad had a pleasant voice too.The music was usually given by the guitar only but that was catchy too.The lyrics were okay.A soft and smooth track.The track was well performed.

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2009
Score: 7/10

A clean song with steady melodies and effective voice that invite people to listen to it. The guitars did well on keeping things listenable from start to end. It might not be that grant but it sure did made people fall for it. It started good and was able to keep people from listening to it. The artist made connection with the audience real well. It come out good and continued to entertain people as it continues to reach the end.

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2009
Score: 8/10

I love the feeling of this song from the very start, the lyrics are very well written to never repeat themselves and keep a strong feeling of progression, its so well performed also.

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2009
Score: 7/10

A nice acustic song. The guitar strumming makes a good background for the nice voice. The melodical line is very nice and the song has good lyrics

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2009 by a 2-star scout
Score: 7/10

The song was very creative and the song was never abrupt in any way which made the song very easy and enjoyable to listen to. The song had a great sense of emoiton as well and the guitar playing was close to flawless thoughout the song's lyrical approach. Great steady beat in the song's harmony.

Reviewed on 03 Jun 2009
Score: 8/10

the vocals was powerful and it has a good presence all the way through., the delivery was sure and the lyrics were clear which i really appreciate. the lyrics were well written and it was pretty decent. good acoustic accompaniment as well.

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2009
Score: 8/10

A lovely acoustic piece to start off with. The vocals are strong and really make this song. I really like this track. It really strikes a chord with the listener’s emotions.

- Slice the Pie


Discography

A poet is Dreaming - 2005
Henrietta - 2008
Unsynthesized Emotions - 2009

Stream tracks on:
www.myspace.com/ehtanjmusic
www.slicethepie.com (under Ethan James peusdonym)

Radio play:
Fresh Air FM - Live it Live show - 2005

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The Story:

Originally playing in the local pubs around St Andrews, Scotland when he was still at school spurred Randal on to write his own songs and keep the flair of the music he sang going. This is where 'Your Prize' came from, the buzz of playing live.

From playing the millenium gig in St Andrews to playing when Randal went to University in Edinburgh was a smooth transition. Playing a lot of open mic nights, particularly the Abbey and the Blind Poet saw tracks like 'No worries on our Mind' and 'Let the good times roll' penned. This allowed him to showcase properly for the first time his own music old and new and gave Randal proper encouragement resulting in the purchase of his first 8 track and starting to lay down some thoughts on disk. It also saw him play to the largest audience he's played to date, 600 in the University's renowned venue Potterrow. And it got him copious plays on the Student Radio Station of the Year 2005, Fresh Air FM.

Moving down to London has seen Randal's passion continue to play to crowds and write more mature tracks like 'Two Women on a Train' and 'Roughest Part of Town'. It has convinced him to continue with the recording side more, throwing Randal into a recording studio again in 2008. This was done during extraordinary circumstances due to a death in the family but some good emotion came from that and grounded him with his music and his roots in Scotland.

Randal's music really brings this Scottish lad's fusion of acoustic original songs to the masses and he hopes to play on a global stage going forward. After being in the studio again this Autumn, he's ready to play at any stage the world brings him.

Influences:
Jamie T, John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, The View, Biffy Clyro, Stereophonics, Oasis (Noel Gallagher), KT Tunstall, and Queen.

His music is true to its origins, powerful, and a surprising fusion not to disappoint the listeners.

Band:

The band is made up of just one, Randal McLister. This makes the performance intimate and lends to using the original songs in a different way and tailoring them from the audiences reactions and the mood of the show.