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My Day (EP)
Label: independent - unsigned
Time: 4 tracks/12:03
When I reviewed FreeSlave’s previous full-length effort, I concluded that there was, potentially, somewhere, waiting to emerge from the somewhat tentatively-performed material, a good rock band. With the new FreeSlave EP, _Save My Day_, that band has emerged to bring life to a quartet of good rock tracks.
The title song is an energetic
effort, efficiently played, highlighting the band’s edge and lead singer/keyboardist
Haydon Spenceley’s distinctively timbered vocals, which _ this_ time, thankfully,
are not buried in the mix. Spenceley has that kind of voice - distinctly
English, and capable of being plaintive and sincere in the higher register,
yet almost sinister and sensual in the lower register – that makes for
interesting listening: a unique voice among a sea of generic singers. The
lyrics generally deal with spiritual issues centering on the God/man relationship,
but never sound preachy. The second track, “Am I Dreaming,” continues the
up-tempo start, and delivers another good example of basic nuts & bolts
Spenceley and FreeSlave (Matt
Brombley on drums, Aaron Lewis on guitar, and Ben Lewis on bass) seem to
have produced this ep to let the world know that they have a lot more to
offer than was hinted at previously. While this recording might not be
The Big One for this good band, it’s certainly a step in the right direction.
Next time? An even freer FreeSlave!
By Bert Saraco (www.myspace.com/expressimage expressimagephoto.tripod.com )