Tom Fuller Band - 'Freedom' (Red Cap Records USA) Print E-mail
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Written by Rob Watkins   
Monday, 05 January 2015 03:20

tomfullerfreedomChicago troubadour Tom Fuller unveils his new album, 'Freedom' - eleven songs about a life lived, built on a foundation of hard earned wisdom, heartbreak, addiction, love, loss and hope.


'Roller Coaster Free Fall' is instantly evident of a Beatles and so forth influential stamp and of course with that Chicago connection maybe a mention of Cheap Trick wouldn't be too far of the musical mark.


Rather intriguingly to accompany the album's release,Tom worked alongside Chicago independent filmmakers to produce 11 music videos, one for each song.


Tunes like 'Lonely Man' and title track, 'Freedom', offer melody and great arrangements and at times show a slight Country-esque inspiration - maybe that's down to the recording process taking place between Nashville and, naturally, Chicago, and whilst on that subject matter, the aforementioned Beatles influence connects up elegantly with the opus being mastered at London's Abbey Road Studios.


'1+1' has catchy and hooky moments, especially on the choral section with, again, The Beatles having quite some bearing on the musical equation, maybe just maybe this recording took place in the wrong decade - still great tunes are great tunes nevertheless whatever the period.


'Fat Boy', 'Sweet Dreams', even with all that previous mention of "Sounding Like This... Sounding Like That" there shines rather brightly a unique original balance to the songs herein.


'Jurisdiction' and 'Sidewinder' highlight the rich volume of instrumentation and glorious mixture of melodies that obviously fill this collection to the hilt.


'Highest Mountain' has one of the most beautiful musical patterns that I've heard in quite sometime: the chorus is so unique and ever so loveable with that '70s retro vibe fully evident throughout.


The album closes with 'I Will Always Think About You', a perfect ballad that gives (well, hopefully) the listener everything that any romantic person would endear towards and the perfect way to conclude the record.




To pick up your copy of 'Freedom' - CLICK HERE