I’m always excited to get the chance to check out new artists and thus was thrilled to check out the new album “Shake The Cage” from Pittsburgh rocker Freddie Nelson, especially since he has drawn comparisons stylistically to a range of artists including The Beatles and My Chemical Romance. So how does his album hold up? Read on for my thoughts.
Freddie Nelson- Shake The Cage Review
The album opens with “Turn You On,” which is definitely a high energy rocking song that immediately gets you bopping your head along to the guitar and drums. I definitely saw the comparison to My Chemical Romance immediately, especially from a vocal standpoint, as Nelson’s voice is similar to their lead singer but with some 80’s rocker tones added in. This is definitely a great intro track that gets the listener excited for what’s to come.
“Hey Doll,” which follows, is one of the singles for the album. The song has a slightly slower tempo than its predecessor, but is equally enjoyable. It reminded me of a song by The Killers (which, coincidentally, is another band Nelson has drawn comparisons to). While I enjoyed the song overall, I found the lyrics to the chorus- which had a hooky sound- to be slightly lacking, especially when Nelson sang, “hey doll, let me know, if it’s something you wanna, I’d really love to show you, I’ll make it all about you.” I’m really into deep lyrics and, unfortunately, this chorus just didn’t do much for me.
“Let You Go,” which appears later on the album, is a great high energy number that truly shows off the range of Nelson’s talented voice. Luckily, as someone who is a fan of lyrics, I enjoyed them much more here, especially when Nelson sang, “She’s never coming home, you’re a distant memory, a shadow of the one you used to be, I know that I’m wrong.”
Other notable tracks on the album include the fun rocker “All Night Long” and the punk-rock influenced “For Those Who Die.”
Overall, with “Shake The Cage,” Freddie Nelson has crafted an album that definitely surges with energy and commands to be listened to. I’d highly recommend it for any fan of rock music. Even with a few trite lyrics aside, the album is still a win in my book.