Freight Train - 'I' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     March 05, 2018    
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They need something a little more special to make them stand out from the pack.

Freight Train is another new name to me, and probably to a fair few of you too I suspect. Coming out of Italy, this young band peddle a nice tight line in Melodic Rock, and they announced their arrival a little while back with a cover of Journey's 'Anyway You Want It', and therefore everything looked well in place for this, their debut album.

Short in length (only clocking in at just over thirty minutes, so everything here is short and concise), it commences with a short instrumental, 'The Beginning' (genius!), which comes complete with atmospheric, swirling keyboards. 'You Won't Fall' gets it all going properly and is a spritely, energetic Rocker. We then get the Rocked-up version (the acoustic version comes later) of 'Into The Fire', and this again is nicely done without getting me too excited.

'Another Chance' and 'Here I Am' are cut from the same cloth as the previous numbers, and had me thinking the band were all a bit of a "one-trick pony". However, 'Somewhere, Someday' changed my perception somewhat and is by far the longest number on the album at over five minutes in length. Here, the band gets the opportunity to flesh out their ideas a little more and it's all the better for it. There's a very nice blend of guitars and keyboards which gives the whole track colour and texture, something that was lacking somewhat from the previous songs.

'The Prelude' also gives us a glimpse of another side of the band, with a tastefully done solo acoustic piece. 'Reach For The Stars' tends to fall into the same trap as the earlier songs and is a little one dimensional. The aforementioned Journey cover and an acoustic version of '...Fire' finishes it all off, and the former is a decent stab at an absolute classic song, while the acoustic number is a nice touch too.

Overall, for a young band, it's a fair stab at a debut album and it's all very well played and arranged with a crisp production job too. There's enough here to tell me that the band can make progress and they still have time in their favour. However, they need something a little more special to make them stand out from the pack. One for the future I reckon.

Malcolm Smith

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