CD REVIEW: Jon Fritz - 'When it's Over'
By Steve Allat - 07/02/2005 - 11:38 PM EDT
Artist: Jon Fritz
Album: 'When it's Over'
For Fans Of: The Eagles, John Denver, Lynrd Skynrd, Triumph (acoustic)
Fav Tracks: Somewhere In Her Eyes,One More Day (bonus track), Still Dreamin'
Jon Fritz' latest offering, his fourth solo album, shows a songwriter and performer who is comfortable where he is, and offers up a collection of solid songs. His songs have all the marks of a mature, seasoned musician - great melodies, storytelling lyrics, great playing and a passionate delivery.
The majority of the songs find Jon strumming and singing - his guitar thick & meaty and his vocals equal to the task. Electric guitar provides nice backup in places and his lead playing fills in the rest. Rounding out the sound are bass & drums that complement the songs perfectly.
The standouts on the CD, however, are those tracks and passages that are only Jon - playing and singing. You can tell he's a great performer by these moments, and you can also tell that each song has at it's foundation a tune that Jon can play anywhere, anytime with just his guitar.
The only real bizarre part of the CD for me was the song 'Bitch'. In many ways I liked how unconventional it was, the Rush-esque playing and timing. I didn't really think the lyrics jived well with the rest of the CD, but still . . . his candor is admirable, and the song is interesting.
An added bonus was the inclusion of a live track, which for an artist like this is a great idea. You can really hear how strong his vocals are, and how comfortable he is with his audience.
Jon would seem to have nothing to worry about in my books. He's going strong on all cylinders at this point, so I'll just wish him continued success as he stays the course.
Contact: Rhonda Kelley, Press Contact: Rainmaker Publicity
Website: Jon Fritz
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