Each week, a Globe-pal (AKA a DJ at 91.1 the Globe) takes a song of their choosing, and dishes out a healthy review to be sent out and posted on globeradio.org/music.
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Liz Cooper was an artist that I had the pleasure to see live at GoFest and that was actually when I first heard Slice of Life. Like many Liz Cooper songs you can see all the instruments that you hear and especially in the opening moments you can pick out the different elements, like guitar, bass and drums, beautifully in the mix.
The verse begins slowly with just vocals and drums, eventually adding in the bass with small sounds from the guitar. The second verse changes this low key sound with the guitar riffingon chords dripping with chorus and other effects.
The chorus hits for the first time and Cooper’s vocals are doubled and small harmonies enter telling you that this is different from the otherwise low key verses. The lyrics tell a story of how life gets by people and a small view into lives isn’t enough. The “Slice of Life” being different for everyone.
The song ends with a small guitar solo and breakdown before the chorus is repeated and drawn out with the final words being “doing it all for the thrill”. The final chord is played slowly with a touch of the whammy bar on the guitar fading it out.
I like Slice of Life, its message can be heard in the music, a small slice of Liz Cooper’s talents and musical capabilities wrapped up in a relatively short song, with minimalist elements throughout. Cooper’s vocals are raspy but comfort you at the same time and the small touches to the drums changes the feel of the song as a whole making it natural and easy to play again and find new elements.
-Seth Smith Kauffman