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Posted on Saturday, November 03, 2007 @ 14:42:44 UTC
Artist: The Freddie Long Band
CD: Strangers and Friends
Style: Pop Rock
Quote: "The Freddie Long Band is starting down a sunny road paved with talent, devotion, and a sense of how to make music both fun and meaningful."
By Nathan Olson
The Freddie Long Band debut album Strangers And Friends is an upbeat collection of songs meant to lift spirits and smiles. With poppy guitar riffs, steady back-beats, catchy lyrics, and captivating harmonies you’ll find yourself tapping your feet and singing along before you realize you’re doing it.
“Wish You Had” sets the tempo for the peppy jaunt through the rest of this well crafted album. It is immediately apparent that the band is made up of talented musicians, who were all hand picked by Freddie Long to accentuate his down-home sound. The talent that Freddie Long shows as a singer/songwriter first surfaces in “Natalie” as Freddie jumps on the piano to offer a nice background melody. However, I believe when the album slows down for “Stay The Night” is when his talent is truly showcased.
The toe-tapping rhythm quickly returns with “Blanket” and “Gullible,” both of which have the signature FLB melodies that stick deep in your head. FLB returns to their deeper, meaningful nature with “Unconditional,” a song that could be placed on any mix tape made for someone close to your heart. However, the best of the album is saved for the end with “Figure Me Out,” when the full talent of Freddie and his band are showcased with a hook created by both guitar and piano that leaves you wanting to listen to the entire album one more time.
With Strangers And Friends, The Freddie Long Band is starting down a sunny road paved with talent, devotion, and a sense of how to make music both fun and meaningful. I hope that this road is a long one, as I know that I’m a FLB fan now and look forward to hearing everything they offer up in the future.
Artist Website: http://www.freddielong.com
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