Sons of Freedom

Tex

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This album is a posthumous release for the Vancouver, BC, group Sons of Freedom, as they have been broken up for several years. The sound on the album touches on influences from many parts of the hard rock landscape, but the one predominating leaning is in the direction of the hard-edged side of early Cheap Trick. That one seems to run throughout much of this album, many times being merged with other influences. Among those other sounds are artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Judas Priest, Ted Nugent, Enuff Z'Nuff, the Cult, and Led Zeppelin. The result of such combinations varies from song to song, but is generally quite entertaining. The highlights include "Wrong Direction" (a smoker that seems to combine the sounds of Cheap Trick with the Cult), "Heaven" (a killer retro piece that feels a lot like Zeppelin), and "Blind Children" (Aerosmith meets Cheap Trick). At the other end of the spectrum is "Underneath Yer Window," which really falls flat and feels rather amateurish. The album is overall quite enjoyable, but the vocals at times take away from the sound.