Greg Friedman is a musician who seems to not share much about himself online, so I really can’t tell you too much about him. However, I can tell you about his album, Can’t Talk Now. The album was mastered by Greg Calbi, who has worked with John Lennon and the Ramones in the past. The album’s cover was designed by Storm Thorgerson, the designer of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album cover, and it was one of the last projects that Thorgerson did before his death in April 2013.
There are a total of 12 songs on the album; unfortunately, the vast majority of the tracks sound like they’re trying too hard musically to sound like the material the Beatles released later in their career. Also, on a number of tracks, Friedman sounds like he’s trying awfully hard to mimic John Lennon’s vocal inflections. As I listened to the album, I found this mimicry to be a distraction.
To me, there’s a big distinction between being influenced by an artist and trying too hard to sound like another artist and ultimately end up sounding like a mimicry of the other artist. I think I would have enjoyed this album a lot more if Friedman had taken his influences and incorporated them into his own sound.
However, there are three songs on the album that don’t fall into the “mimicry” category: “Hear the Sound,” “Pancake, I Love You,” and “”Stories I’ve Told.” Personally, I thought that these three songs were probably the best on the album; however, “Stories I’ve Told” is a little repetitive lyrically near the end.
There is one other issue the album has, and this is due to order that the songs were sequenced in. The first half of the album has a good sonic mix of upbeat and slower songs; however, the second half focuses so much on the acoustic side that the songs end up blending together and end up being rather forgettable for the most part.
While Friedman isn’t a bad musician, I think he needs to spend some time figuring out what exactly his sound is, and to bring more of himself into the music and less of the other artists that have influenced him.
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