Jeremy Frederick - 2012 - Every little thing
Can't You See He's Gone
·Every Little Thing
·I Think I Know
·What Can I Do
·Hoping For You
·Prelude (Jeremiah 1:5)
·This Is Your Life
Jeremey Hunsicker is best known for being the lead vocalist with Frontiers, the only nationally touring, full-time Journey tribute band in the US.
And such is the singer's talent and vocal reputation that he came incredibly close to becoming Journey's lead vocalist in 2007.
Mister Hunsicker isn't just one of the best and noted tribute singers.
he's also a songwriter and spent a large part of 2011 writing and recording his first solo album "Every Little Thing" which he recently released under the name Jeremey Frederick (his middle name and how he will be referred to for the rest of this review).
For a singer and songwriter so steeped in the American melodic rock and pop world, it's surprising but refreshing to hear influences from outside that genre, including British artists such as The Outfield,Tears for Fears, Peter Gabriel.....
But there are two specific influences that cannot be ignored or denied...one being the obvious tip of the hat to Journey.
Singing what is arguably the greatest catalogue of melodic rock any band has ever produced night after night can't help but be an influence in terms of songwriting or arrangements. Jeremey Frederick also has a very similar tonality and timbre to Steve Perry and there is no denying the strong Perry influences in some of his vocal phrasings. But he doesn't mimic Steve Perry, he just happens to sound like him..
The album's first three tracks and its closing statement, two up-tempo melodic rock numbers, and a brace of power ballads certainly fit the melodic pop and rock profile. But as hinted at the top of this review, "Every Little Thing" takes an interesting path through the melodic rock landscape with a couple of musical detours included for good measure.
"Can't You See He's Gone" announces itself in fine style with Frederick's acappela vocal chorus before turning into a vibrant, up-tempo tale of young love where the dream failed to live up to the reality. An infectious, feel-good light-rock and roll number this opening cut.
Equally infectious is the following "Every Little Thing" that clearly has melodic rock DNA running through its veins but like the opener, adds little other touches here and there that separate it from the run of the mill melodic rock pack. The addition of piano for example recalls Bruce Hornsby's trademark ivory tickling.
"Stay" is the first of two rock ballads on "Every Little Thing" and has a husky vocal over piano opening, but its chunky guitar chords and beefed-up vocal chorus set it apart it from the more predictable vocal-and-piano-with-beat-behind-it ballad.
It's also a track where the Perry influences are very much present, more specific in the vocal phrasing where some vowels are emphasised in much the same way Perry did in his later Journey and solo period.
"I Think I Know" is one of the tracks on which mister Frederick throws us a curve ball and by doing so gives the album a musical twist. A bluesy beat and groove propels this fine song.
"Hoping For You" is another highlight that sees the vocals taking up the starring role thanks to some clever arrangements while the album's final track "This Is Your Life" is a traditional vocal and piano ballad at heart but it builds in instrumentation and power to become a striking closing statement.
It also features Frederick s most emotional vocal performance but that s not really a surprise since he wrote the song from a very personal, parental perspective.
This album displays Jeremy's versatility as a songwriter and a singer with the overall fee of the whole affair recalling Steve Perry's solo albums and Journey's 'Trial By Fire'. It shows the listener what a great fit he could have been in Journey instead of Arnel Pineda.
Jeremey Frederick - Vocals, Bass, Guitar
Eric Ragno (Takara, Talon) - Keyboards, Piano
Vic Rivera (Ted Poley, AdrianGale) - Guitars, Bass, Drums
Todd Cooper (The Worx) - Drums
John Spinks (The Outfield) - Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
Stephen Chesney (Liberty N' Justice) - Guitar
Last Updated (Sunday, 27 May 2012 10:40)