For my previous review of Andrew Neil and his album Merry Go Round I spent some time explaining his unique situation. I’m not going to spend more time explaining it but encourage you to check out the previous review so you can learn more about the artist.
Freak is his most recent release which is a fourteen-song album that for the part continues to shape and sculpt the song that he created with Merry Go Round. The songs still have an alternative rock vibe to my ears and Neil’s vocals and guitar skills are still the focal point to the music. On that note, there are some areas he has expanded on.
Take for instance album the highlight “Kentucky Whiskey” which contains great vocal melodies and guitar work. In addition to that, the song contains some bells and whistles which don’t feel like unnecessary fluff. The production is well done and reinforced the emotion of the song.
There are a number of standouts which show Neil evolving as an artist. The song “Hope” isn’t just a name. It sounds hopeful but is also quite musical. He explores burning love on “Overdose” while the meditative and melancholy “Help” is also inspirational.
On the song “All Over” he shares vocal duties with Savannah Walker. This song in particular sounded very pop oriented. It felt like a song for younger kids in a lot of ways. Songs like “Drunk Tonight” and “Put Me Back Together” felt a little more aligned with the sound I started to associate with the artist.
The last three songs were very strong. I especially enjoyed the grit and attitude of the closer “Disappear.”
Freak is a solid follow up. Neil has sculpted another impressive set of songs which feel heartfelt, and genuine while also containing infectious hooks and creative performances.There is no doubt he is an emerging artist who is becoming prolific. I'm sure it won't be too long before we hear from him again. Take a listen.
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