However, it is important to acknowledge the weaknesses that impact the album’s overall potential. Lack of experience and subpar production play a significant role in limiting the album’s impact. As a 34-year-old musician who has been playing since primary school and has been professionally involved in music for a decade, I am continually surprised by how much there is to learn. Producing a successful album comprises less than 50% music; a significant portion lies in production and experience. Unfortunately, in the case of Fortuan, it appears that they were unable to fully capture the potential of their songs in the recording.
Regrettably, I cannot express positivity regarding the overall mix of the album. It leans too heavily towards a pop-oriented sound, with the instruments taking a backseat to the main vocal line—an approach commonly used in pop music. However, bands like Fortuan require a distinct approach that suits their unique style, rather than attempting to conform their music to a standard mix. Applying Michael Jackson‘s mix to Metallica or Coldplay‘s mix to Jennifer Lopez will ultimately yield unsatisfactory results, and unfortunately, that is what occurred here. I am aware that the band mixed the album themselves, and it appears they faced challenges in achieving an optimal balance. The vocals sound overly processed, resulting in a loss of the raw essence of the vocalist, Jakub Hančin, whose distinctive voice requires a tailored approach not only in recording and engineering but also in production.
We currently live in an era where countless musicians and bands actively produce and release music on a daily basis. This abundance is both a blessing and a curse, as I firmly believe that art should not prioritize quantity over quality. True art requires time and dedication. Our contemporary society expects flawlessness, continually educating listeners’ ears with music produced by world-class professionals. It is a reality that everyone must consider before embarking on a musical endeavor since people simply do not settle for anything less. I am merely expressing my honest assessment. In the case of Fortuan, their lack of experience is apparent in various aspects, including lyrics, music videos, visuals, and album production.
Taking everything into account, I had an enjoyable time listening to “Flavours.” As mentioned earlier, I hold immense respect for Fortuan’s passion for music and their efforts. Setting aside emotions, making mistakes at a young age can be an invaluable experience. All they need to do is learn from their missteps and return with a stronger album, as Michael Jordan once said;
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
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