Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Freddy Charles I’m Only Human Wraps Up The Rock Genre and More With Relative Ease

Freddy Charles immediately impresses on the release of “I’m Only Human” as he plays everything on the record, and even mixes it. This truly independent release is an impressive accomplishment, and as a former record label owner, I know how hard it is to bring all the pieces together. From the first track, “End of an Era”, you get this sense of brevity, and accomplishment with the sound. This is a record of urgency, and it shows with some great quality guitar work, percussion, and movements forward. You never feel like you’re listening to a one genre record, and that’s why I can’t simply label this rock, because it’s more than that. There’s blues, jazz, and classical tied into the presentation here, and that all works in the favor of Charles.

“I’m Only Human” pushes you through 13 songs, all of which stand on their own as singles. Right when you think you’ve got this one figured out, a track like “I’m Only Human” plays through some incredible moments of jazz and rock fusion that you’ll have to hear to believe. This talented musician doesn’t just go through the motions of creating a song, he paints a picture for the listener with multiple elements working together, and yet not working together. It’s not chaos, it’s the same kind of impact that Eddie Van Halen had on those classic guitar solos, and it just works here. It’s like a showcase of what you can do with a song as your paint brush.

The rest of the album works well too, it’s not an isolated kind of musical endeavor here. Freddy Charles finds a way to unify all rock styles, and even include jazz style options, without losing the focus on production. It’s an impressive, weighty album of sounds. You’re not going to find other records that fill the spatial plane quite like this one. Whether you’re a fan of the 90s, or you’re more into punk or hardcore, there’s something to love on this record for everyone. If you like music, you can’t go wrong with this one. There’s just so much that comes through with the 13 tracks, and over an hour of music. I’m impressed, that’s for sure. This is one record you can’t miss out on. This is the type of art rock record that should be getting mainstream success, because it’s eclectic, solid, and true to the alternative label and so much more. Don’t take my word for it, listen to it, you’ll be impressed.

Check out more of this incredible release through Spotify here.

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