Monday, April 6, 2009

Review of Gavin DeGraw's FREE

On March 31st, Gavin DeGraw released his new album FREE, less than a year after the release of his self-titled album. Many fans felt that the album GAVIN DEGRAW didn't live up to CHARIOT and wasn't very true to the sound that we've come to know and love from Gavin. The same can't be said for FREE. His decision to forgo the bells and whistles of the previous album helps the listener to focus on his vocal talent and the content of his lyrics. Especially touching are the songs "Mountains to Move", "Stay" and "Lover be Strong". To me, they speak of the journey that is life. "Dancing Shoes", "Glass", and "Free" are 3 of the fan favorites that conjure up images of a live Gavin show, which is where he shines. His decision to cover Chris Whitley's "Indian Summer" was a great choice. It's a great tribute to Chris, and a perfect fit for Gavin's voice.

The best thing about this album is the fact that Gavin didn't record it for critical acclaim. He said that this is an album for his die-hard fans and speaking as one of them, I thank him from the bottom of my heart. If pure, unadorned music is what you want, then FREE is the album for you.

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