Published Apr 18, 2007Starting off your debut album with the lyrics, "I was washing windows at an old folks home isnt exactly in the handbook for scoring scene points, but thats not what Freer are here for. Although this is a debut, the band have established a sound much better fitting to the 70s than our present state. Freer are punk rock in Neil Youngs Living With War kind of way, and the rocking tunes are artsy and comfortably rough around the edges. The title track has a wonderfully fun piano motif, while "Long Road Home sparkles and builds like any of Canadas favourites, such as the Stills or the Junction. Most tracks have an element of experimentation to them (hear the craziness that is "Carnival Hardcore), placing Detroits Freer amongst the likes of Jeff Buckley or Radiohead, minus the popularity. They tell stories as if they were Bruce Springsteens offspring and are just as easily lovable. The lyrics are unsettling and while many before them have complained about the state of our society, Freer do so with a passion-fuelled urgency thatd be hard to ignore by any human being, assuming they have a heart.
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