Review: Grindstone – Mir (Rock)

This review covers the rock track Grindstone – Mir.

This track was released in 1998 on a self-titled album. The track also made an appearance in the N64 game Top Gear Overdrive. We previously reviewed the track Everything and that track got quite a great score. So, we thought we’d try another one from the same album to see if it is just as good.

The track starts off with some guitars and a drum kit. The vocals then come in for a first verse. After that, the vocals take the track into the first round in the main chorus. This is joined by some lead guitars. Part way through, some backup vocals also join in while the bass guitar changes things up. This section is capped off with the guitars heard at the beginning of the track.

From there, the track drops back to the general guitars as the vocals go through the next verse. After that, the lead guitars come back in as the chorus plays through a second time in a somewhat modified fashion. This is capped off with an extension of the main chorus as well as a general instrumental section. There is even a slight drum solo part way through as well.

When the guitars build things back up again, the vocals play through the main chorus again. This chorus is, again, modified and extended in a new way. The backup vocals also join in on this section. Gradually, the track then fades out, ending the track altogether.

One thing I like about this track is the fact that it is a generally laid back track. Yet, at the same time, with the lead guitars, there is a nice energetic element that plays out as well.

The main chorus is really where this track shines through. Even the bass guitar plays quite a role here. While it may not be that noticeable, part way through, the bass changes things up and the whole track sounds completely different, yet it sounds great anyway. I really like it when a subtle element changes and the whole thing sounds different. It gives the track a nice variety in a small way.

The verses sound pretty good as well. They really drive that laid back aspect of this track and gives this track a nice personality as well. This goes over top of the fact they give the track a nice ebb and flow.

Overall, this is a great track. It has a nice laid back sound, yet is energetic when it needs to be as well. The verses give this track a nice personality while the various iterations of the main chorus gives this track great energy and overall sound. I have no complaints over this track. It’s a great one to listen to.

Score
8/10

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