Andy Freilich

Dragons

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Dragons features songs about fear, obsession, confusion, and life's big and little pleasures from an artists with poetic ambitions. You can think of this batch of songs as thinking men's music, or you could mistake Freilich for an obtuse writer who circles the meaning without ever hitting the bullseye or getting to the point.

On the brighter side is the music. Easily apparent are the influences of "Norwegian Wood"-era John Lennon, the Beatles, and troubled, introspective Elvis Costello -- kind of a queer Rubber Soul with a lot more substance. A respectable first effort, there are nice little production touches on many of the songs that appear teasingly, and disappear just as quickly. These tantalizing touches add much-needed sonic depth to the recording, too often driven by Freilich's acoustic six-string strumming. Spiritual grappling, struggling with self-identity and insecurity predominate.

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