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Blue Days Black Nights
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Possessing a voice as rough and real as a corn-fed Neil Young, an eye for detail as compact as a poet's, and a knack for forlorn yet catchy melodies that would make Brian Wilson proud, Freedy Johnston has become one of the... more »
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Possessing a voice as rough and real as a corn-fed Neil Young, an eye for detail as compact as a poet's, and a knack for forlorn yet catchy melodies that would make Brian Wilson proud, Freedy Johnston has become one of the most respected singer/songwriters in rock. For his fifth album, Johnston turns down the amps and navigates the introspective path that's served him so well in the past. "Changed Your Mind" and "While I Wait for You" operate as modest pop-rock elevated by irresistible choruses, but the bittersweet "Pretend It's Summer" and "Emily" reveal Johnston's folk and literary leanings. Producer T Bone Burnett (with Roger Moutenot) captures Johnston's gentle grace with a roomy sound. Session drummer extraordinaire Jim Keltner applies his relaxed, rock-solid touch while subtle electric guitar accents punctuate the sly hooks. Blue Days will stand as an understated addition to Johnston's canon. --Rob O'Connor
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Artful lyrics with soothing tones.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was disappointed at the first listen, by the third I was hooked and have listened to it dozens of times. It is best not to compare it with Perfect World which has a rock edge, this album is more pop. I like to listen to this one while cruising a quite highway. Freedys' next CD will be produced by Butch Vig, the same as Perfect World. Blue Days is one of my favorites, never gets old."
His best work.
M. Stocker | Raleigh, NC | 08/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Freedy improves over Never Home. He seemed uncomfortable with those "rocking tunes" on that album, whereas tunes like "Western Sky," "If It's True," and "You Get Me Lost" were standouts to me. This is his most consistent album. No roller coaster rides from upbeat numbers to his more mellow songs. Whenever I listen to Freedy, I feel like it should be cold or raining, but it's not a depressed kind of feeling, you can just feel the cold in the song: like "Cold Again" from TPW, "Pretend It's Summer," and "Moving on a Holiday." I don't know if it's his use of tremolo and chorus or what, but I've got to put on a sweater! This album easily ranks with his two standouts, This Perfect World and Can You Fly. Freedy just sounds right on this one, like he is more comfortable with these songs, and that's just fine wih me."
Still growing on me
M. Stocker | 08/23/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I love the other ones. This one is still growing on me. After I bad mouthed it to a fellow fan and let him have it for a couple of weeks, I played it again and began to appreciate it more. It's not as depressed as I originally thought, either. As I get older, I'm realizing that much music does not reveal itself to me right away, and I only come to appreciate it on repeated listenings. Still, this doesn't seem to have the kinds of classic songs that the last 3 discs had. I guess I'd say to Freedy:' I love songs like "The Mortician's Daughter," but it's nice to know that California Thing" is coming up. You seem to have forgotten to mix up the pacing this time. Oh well, keep at it.'"