Every now and again you would hear the name Freebo, but for the most part it seemed that this former Bonnie Raitt, tuba player and bassist was not doing much, some side projects with the likes of John Mayhall or CSN, but for the most part keeping a low profile. His name seemed to have a question mark after it, maybe we were moving in the wrong circles but no one seemed to know much more than he was doing some studio sessions. Evidently he has just not had his name out there much, however he has been busy honing his skills as a singer and songwriter.
Before The Separation is his third solo CD and he wrote or co-wrote all 10 songs on this disc. He has an easy delivery style and writes songs that fit his relaxed pleasant voice exceptionally well. The songs, his voice and his music are in a folk vein with a few well-chosen musicians to support the song. The songs are positive and carry a strong life affirmation tone to them without being sappy or nauseatingly sweet, almost always pulling back just at the edge of the precipice. Though it feels as if he went over it into the treacle of banal sentiment at the end of the disc with, To The Light and We Are All One People. The last song, The Freedom Wall, which is kind of John Phillips Sousa march of freedom, just doesn't seem to fit or have any purpose. This disc shows some positive promise for the future and has some pop feel to it, particularly in the first seven songs that are much stronger and show some strong songwriting skills.
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