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FREE SPIRIT ALL THE SHADES OF DARKENED LIGHT REVIEW 2014

 

FREE SPIRIT - ALL THE SHADES OF DARKENED LIGHT

CARPEL MUSIC OY

RELEASED 2014

 

 

However you like your Rock there aren’t many that won’t admit to being partial to a great melody and a killer chorus. Over the years many bands have tried to capture the sweet sounds of late eighties stadium rock and the sheer joy of hair Metal but few have managed to do it this well. It seems though that its Northern Europe that does it best with bands like Crazy Lixx, Wig Wam, H.E.A.T., Reckless Love and particular favourites of ours – Finland’s White Flame. Well get prepared to add another name to the list – maybe even to the very top.

 

Free Spirit is Melodic Rock at its very best: easing you in with the very solid stadium rocker ‘Nights of Paradise’ they take it up a huge notch early with the simply amazing ‘Hysteria’ and ‘Living Tattoo’ two great melodic rockers dripping in harmonies and all class. Three tracks in we’re completely overwhelmed – this is… brilliant.

 

The ballad that follows ‘Ever Come True’ is equally engaging even if lacking that really killer hook it still lodges in the mind, and ‘The Dew of the Rose’ which follows hot on its heels recalls Wig Wam at their finest and kicks in with some great guitar.

 

This is an album you have to love – like Reckless Love without the cheese and thankfully also their Euro-pop obsession, this is real Rock for anyone that enjoys a sing along, a shade of air guitar and an ice cold beer. It’s also an album that should grab the ladies attention with its silky harmonies and huge refrains.

 

The second half of the album is just as good as the first with second ballad ‘Turn on the Night’ leading the way: it’s my favourite of the two ballads with a lighter AOR vibe that adds a slight twist to the sound, along with a restrained power that proves these guys don’t just have one trick up their sleeves.

 

Whilst ‘Burning Love’ gets back down to business with another solid rocker it is perhaps the next track ‘Carry On’ that is the real standout with everything taken ‘to eleven’ it’s a song that is as good as anything from back in the day, with understated keys, and a huge memorable melody.  

 

The final three tracks show more of the same quality at play: from the huge key-infused Poison-like riff of ‘Fever’ and the slow simplicity of ‘Silence’ to the ‘hot summer night’ feel of album closer ‘Storyline’ and song that will leave you wanting so much more.



I for one will be back-tracking to seek out that first album. If it’s half as good as this it’s a keeper. Free Spirit should be the next big name in Scandinavian Melodic Rock and if enough of you out there hear this – the world is theirs for the taking!

 

http://freespiritrock.com/  

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

FREE SPIRIT ALL THE SHADES OF DARKENED LIGHT REVIEW 2014