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Freedy Johnston’s second major-label release and fourth overall, 1997’s Never Home, features the most concise balance between Johnston’s literate singer-songwriter-isms and his keen pop sense. “On the Way Out” and “I’m Not Hypnotized” immediately come barreling out of the gate with tight, tough harmonies and even tougher guitar hooks ready to pounce. Producer Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar (Jackson Browne) keeps Johnston in check, punching up the band sound throughout and adding additional menace (“One More Thing to Break”) without losing the songwriter in an ensemble haze. “Western Sky,” “He Wasn’t Murdered” and “Gone to See the Fire” serve as brilliant character sketches about reunion and loss, suicide, and arson that neither sacrifice their strong narratives nor lose the thread of the song. Johnston might consider a second career as a short story writer. However, here he’s still writing with acoustic guitar in hand, as he studies UFOs (“Something’s Out There”) and finds a deep disturbance watching a new girlfriend dress up in his old girlfriend’s clothes.

Customer Reviews

Top Ten Fave of the 90s

Tight song-writing with interesting story-songs, catchy hooks and fun musical phrasing, this is really Johnston at his best. "This Perfect World" is great, but this one takes the cake.

Love this CD

This CD made Freedy Johnston my 2nd favorite artist of all time. The songwriting is freaking amazing! This is a must buy!


Born: 1961 in Kinsley, KS

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A gifted songwriter whose lyrics paint sometimes witty, often poignant portraits of characters often unaware of how their lives have gone wrong, Freedy Johnston seemingly appeared out of nowhere in the early '90s and quickly established himself as one of the most acclaimed new singer/songwriters of the day. Johnston was born in 1961 in Kinsley, Kansas, a small town with the odd distinction of being equidistant between New York City and San Francisco. Growing up, Johnston developed a strong interest...
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