YMMV / Miracle of Sound

  • Awesome Music: More or less everything he puts out qualifies as brilliant. It's pretty much hit Memetic Mutation in his fan base that he seems physically incapable of putting out a bad song, and even his less popular works have dedicated followings.
  • Broken Base: A minor one occurred with the release of "Fires Fade", his first Dark Souls III song. Some fans were put off by the heavier metal emphasis and bombastic orchestral style than was used in "Fires Far", as well as the use of female vocalist Sharm as a duet vocalist. This was mitigated when he released "Forever Flame", which featured solely Gavin's voice and had a much more subdued style that felt like a proper follow-up to "Fires Far". He even stated that, while he did intend to make "Forever Flame" anyway, it was partly for the fans that disliked the direction of "Fires Fade".
  • Ear Worm: At least one of his songs is going to stick with you all week. He's admitted to spending a large portion of time writing the "hook".
  • Face of the Band: For his L.A. Noire song, Gavin hired two authentic Blues musicians to play the piano and the saxophone. If you didn't watch the credits, it would be easy to think Gavin played all the instruments, as is his habit.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • He has a shared fanbase with Dan Bull, thanks to their getting along well and collaborating on occasion.
    • With Jim Sterling and Laura K Buzz, with whom he shares a podcast.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • His first song for Dark Souls III was titled Fires Fade as a nice thematic name relating to the game's story. Flash forward a few months, and what is the title for that game's Game of the Year Edition? The Fires Fade Edition.
      Gav's Twitter: Nice title you got there, reminds me of a song I heard once :)
    • His star-making song, "Commander Shepard", claims you can fight like a krogan and run like a leopard, but you'll never be better than Commander Shepard. The general reaction to Mass Effect: Andromeda was that it was a step down from the original trilogy, meaning Pathfinder Ryder really couldn't be better than Commander Shepard.
    • "Mother of Flame" contains the lyrics "winter will cry out my name". In season 7, Daenerys has a love scene with Jon Snow, the character who represents the "ice" in "A Song of Ice and Fire". The line takes on a whole new meaning after that.
  • Narm Charm: Gav's howl in "Wake the White Wolf" is honestly pretty ridiculous... But that doesn't stop it from being awesome.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Second Chance in Goodbye Black Ops and Second Chance.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Some people reacted negatively to the re-release of "Shadow of the Ash", which had updated vocals. Gavin pointed out that this was slightly silly, since the original version was still very much available and he had no plans to get rid of it.
  • Tough Act to Follow: The New Black Gold is regarded by many to be Gav's crowning jewel, so this reaction is an inevitability when talking about The Natural Heart. For what it's worth, Gav has gone on record stating that he doesn't want to try and ape off of The New Black Gold by copying it, but wanted The Natural Heart to feel like an evolution of TNBG.