Features
Reviews
Must Hear Music
Reviews Archives
Archives
Bargain Basement
Downloads
Music DVD
Upstart
Pipsqueaks
 
 
 
Features
Reviews
Archives
Send Us Mail
Contact Us
 
 

Freedy Johnston
Rain On The City

(self-released)
www.freedyjohnston.com


Do you think singer/songwriter Freedy Johnston has loneliness on his mind? After all, he opens this latest album with [a song] titled "Lonely Penny", and then follows that up with "Don't Fall In Love With A Lonely Girl". Might Penny be this lonely girl he has in mind? As usual, he asks more questions than he answers.

A lot of these songs lyrically connect - likely intentionally - in the same way the first two do. The album's title track, for instance, is followed by "Venus is Her Name", which speaks about rain in its very first verse.

Johnston has the sort of voice that begs for and earns empathy. He never ever comes off authoritative. Instead, he's a little like a nerdy guy who, when he sings, expresses himself much like a poet would. These recordings leave much space in the tracks for Johnston's unassuming, yet altogether unique, voice to come through. At its loudest, there is the aggressive jangle rock of "Don't Fall In Love With A Lonely Girl". But things don't get too aggressive or loud most of the way through.

Johnston doesn't get too shocking lyrically, either. He might mention the devil himself in "The Devil Raises His Own", but there's not a chance in hell that this song would ever be performed at Ozzfest. Hey, it even has a jazzy trumpet solo on it, for heaven's sake!

Like a sickly neighbor with a heart of gold, Freedy Johnston is nearly impossible not to love. Visit him, if you like, but expect it always to be raining in his unfair city.

-Dan MacIntosh

Check out more reviews

Talk Back
e-mail the chief

Like this article?
e-mail it to a friend!

 


Mike Doughty



Pink Floyd

-------


South By Southwest 2014
David DeVoe

South By Southwest 2013
David DeVoe

Red Hook Music Festival
George Dow

SXSW 2012
David DeVoe

Our Favorite Records 2011
Hybrid Staff

AWOLNation
Rachel Fredrickson

Kanrocksas
Rachel Fredrickson

Warped Tour 2011
Rachel Fredrickson

Eddie Spaghetti
Melissa Skrbic-Huss

Murder By Death
Mike DeLeo


Mike Doughty
Boulder, CO

Epilogues
Denver, CO

Imagine Dragons
Denver, CO

Sebadoh
Cambridge, MA

Young Magic
Denver, CO

Warped Tour 2012
Denver, CO

Thrice
Denver, CO

Mike Doughty
Denver, CO

MuteMath
Kansas City, MO

Other Lives
Lawrence, KS

Los Campesinos
Boston, MA

The Civil Wars
Lawrence, KS

Ha Ha Tonka
Lawrence, KS

Thrice
Lawrence, KS


 
hybridmagazine.com is updated daily except when it isn't.
New film reviews are posted every week like faulty clockwork.
Wanna write for hybrid? Send us an e-mail.
© 1996-2009 [noun] digital media. All rights reserved worldwide. All content on hybridmagazine.com and levelheadedmusic.com is the intellectual property of Hybrid Magazine and its respective creators. No part of hybridmagazine.com or levelheadedmusic.com may be reproduced in any format without expressed written permission. For complete masthead and physical mailing address, Click Here.