Heartbreaker Review

artist: Free date: 08/25/2008 category: compact discs
Free: Heartbreaker
Release Date: Jan, 1973
Label: Island Records
Genres: Rock, Soul
Number Of Tracks: 14
Despite constant break-ups and countless head hassles, Free's music has progressed at an admirable rate.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 8
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overall: 9
Heartbreaker Reviewed by: Lin, on august 25, 2008
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Sound: Sometimes the best albums come from the worst of situations. In 1972 Free had been through a lot. After they failing to capitalise on the success of Alright Now and reinvent themselves as swaggering rockers with Highway, the band returned to their soul roots to craft an emotive, melodic epitaph for a band they all knew was on the verge of implosion. Where Paul Kossof was intelligible enough to play guitar he does so with tear jerking abandon, hearing but never heading Rodger's pleas for sobriety on opening numbers Wishing Well and Heartbreaker. // 9

Lyrics: It's Rodgers who gives the album it's soul and binds the lost guitarist and newcomer John Rabbit Bundrick on keyboards (who contributes the solid numbers Common Mortal Man and Muddy Waters) into the semblance of a working band. The singer graces all eight tracks with, well, hearbreaking emotion. By the last two tracks it all comes to a head with the elegant prayer for mercy Easy On My Soul, and Seven Angels, embodying the shared desire of all involved to break away from the train wreck the band had become. // 10

Overall Impression: Any classic rock historian will tell you that Free recorded many more tracks in their latter days than feature here. There are eight tracks here for a reason; this was an era before CDs when quality counted more than quantity and creating a seamless work was all. It's this attitude that makes Hearbreaker the most gripping and emotive work Free ever committed to tape. // 8

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