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Album Review

Tom Freund is indeed one of the great singer-songwriters of the 1990's. He emerged in 1998 with an excellent debut album on Red Ant Records, North American Lost Weekend. That album presented his awesome talent to the world with clarity and a subtle vision. Freund's songs are loaded with a pragmatic vision and are sung in a distinct Tom Waits-influenced growl. Imitation, however, is not what Freund is about. This, his follow-up E.P. on his own label gives us a further and even more mature example of his vision. "Seat On A Train" and "Bombshell" are fantastic tracks, but Freund saves the best for last with "Simpatico," where he constructs a unique world, defines it, and then burns it to the ground. Truly unique and absolutely brilliant.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Tom Freund, whose sound has garnered comparisons to Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones, released his debut album, North American Long Weekend, in 1998. The effort featured such accomplished guests as pedal steel player Greg Leisz and jazz organist Jimmy Smith. Freund, originally from New York, attended Claremont College in California in the early '90s and performed as a duo with future star Ben Harper. The two recorded a hard-to-find vinyl-only album in 1992 called Pleasure and Pain....
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