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Heavy Mellow

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Be Honest
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Careful What You Choose
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Summer Hearts
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Treat Me Right
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Nursery Street
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Bad Dream
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Sentimental Life
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 36:17

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An overlooked pick


It feels like a privilege to be the first to review this Beatles / Dylan style combination (with the former predominating). Unusually, this album kicks off with an average track but then along comes five perfect numbers. 'Careful...' is an up tempo song built on tumbling and climbing Indie guitar and nifty rhythm. The 'Summer Hearts' ballad is sweet and distinctive with a great piano finish. 'Treat me Right' may seem a little dated but the fast bass fits well between the two slower love songs. 'Penny' was an eMu daily download. Not the best song on the album has memorable qualities. 'Cheaters' has a wonderful combination of ingredients topped with instrumental 'chorus' that climbs to new heights. The Dylan-like 'Nursery Street' is a gem. This is genuinely one of my eMu Best of 2005.

They Say All Music Guide

On Heavy Mellow, Nik Freitas comes into his own, expanding on the instrumentation of his debut for a true-blue pop album that grafts the indie smarts of Quasi to ’70s AM rock and mellow gold collections. On his sophomore outing, Freitas comes closest in groove and pop eclecticism to Todd Rundgren. “Be Honest” has the fuzzy-around-the-edges heaviness of Something/Anything? combined with the slippery, jazzy hallmarks of Steely Dan. “Summer Hearts” is a beautifully nostalgic piano tune where Freitas moans “summer hearts can’t be broken” as if he’s trying to do John Lennon singing “Jealous Guy.” On “Penny” he’s probably shooting more for Mind Games crossed with early-’70s Elton John, and “Nursery Street” could easily fit on a Ryan Adams album. If Here’s Laughing at You showed Freitas to have enormous potential, Heavy Mellow proves that he is, as promised, a brilliant pop tunesmith. His only failure on the romantic record would seem to be self-created: on “Sentimental Life” he sings, “I don’t want to be a sentimental guy.” Sorry Nik. – Charles Spano

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