Sequencing Your Record Pitfalls – From Best To Worst

1st place.jpgWhile I will always argue that if you are an unknown band you better
make the best song on your record one that blows everyone away, there
are flaws to this theory. I have witnessed countless bands over the
years decide that the way they should sequence their record is from the
best song to their least favorite. While this may coincidentally work it
is going to fail more than it works. The fact is what most people are
looking for in a record is an emotion and when you scatter the emotional
movements of a record in a random way it can often be very disruptive
to the flow of the album. Having two ballads on the record and having
them be Track 2 and 9 can be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. While
every record requires a new approach to it’s emotional sequencing one
things is for sure, be sure that you don’t have a partying song segue
right into the ballad just cause they go in sequence of your favorite to
least favorite. Think about the emotional experience a listener will
have and you will have a record listeners will enjoy much more.

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.

  • deck21

    Its a shame no one considers the album any more. Everyone is so concerned with making their track just stick out on an ipod. Modern music just fails, Heart breaking