A Review of the Freebo CD
"Before The Separation"
"Before The Separation"
This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 4/06
Milton produced "Paradise Lost."
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Freebo has now provided a companion piece with his release, "Before The Separation."
Sadly, Milton wasn't fluent on acoustic guitar, fretless bass and lead
vocals--so possibly the two aren't quite sympatico for comparison's
Freebo, a long-time performer across the genres of the U.S. music
scene, offers social commentary here about division and separateness,
in which his anger is mixed with a dose of the plaintive. Imploring
restoration of common respect, he pleads for an end to demarcation and
disunion. He appeals for unification among diverse peoples, advocating for the greater acceptance of individualism.
The bottom-line for him is a cessation and reversal of
the madness that has infiltrated and degraded humanity: war, torture,
famine in time of plenty, preventable diseases, incalculable wealth in
the midst of poverty and so on.
The opening cut, "It Goes By Fast," offers a code to live by, one of
full engagement with life. In the title cut, "Before The Separation,"
Freebo thumps for a restoration of the 'common good' and a greater
spirit of connectedness and community for all. "Stand Up" is a bit of a rocker and calls
for a massive re-direction of this country and the world, and pairs well
with "You Don't Have To Live This Way." "A Soldier At War" is very
close to being a companion piece to Donovan's "Universal Soldier."
The last offering, "The Freedom Wall," a nice piece of satire, is a
surreal, Big-Brother take on what people are willing to surrender to be
"...Passing through The Freedom Gates
Can music alter the direction of the world? It's doubtful. But such odds
didn't stop Mandela, Gandhi or King in their respective quests. So, if enough voices are singing,
but more importantly, individually and collectively living the right tune...
With your Freedom Card
You will get a smile
From your friendly Freedom Guard...
Land Of Liberty
The Freedom Guard will lock your door
With his Freedom Key..."
- It Goes By Fast (3:31)
- Before The Separation (4:09)
- Stand Up (4:58)
- You Don't Have To Live This Way (4:11)
- A Soldier At War (4:23)
- The Beauty Of Life (3:35)
- Soul Mates (4:15)
- To The Light (3:46)
- We Are All One People (2:40)The Freedom Wall (3:13)>
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