With an enviable talent for performing and song-writing, Freeman may just be in the right place at the right time. For those who haven’t been in a Rip Van Winkle-like coma for the last year, the acoustic orientated male solo artist has seen an unprecedented rise in popularity in both the British and American music scenes. Artists like Daniel Powter and James Blunt have been wooing audiences on both sides of the pond, whilst their lesser known counterparts such as Jason Mraz, Wil Seabrook and Ryan Cabrera have been patiently waiting in the wings. Vince Freeman, should be added to that list forthwith.
Having auditioned for the British version of Fame Academy, supported Nizlopi and toured on the local circuit incessantly, Freeman is already building an impressive CV.
Bonded by an introspective lyrical touch, ‘Tales You Lose’ is given realism by its downbeat nature. Freeman may lack the sanguine nature of his peers, but thankfully he also lacks their self satisfied sycophancy. The chill out alt-pop of ‘Breeze Through Life’, the downbeat yet lilting ‘Brooklyn Bridge’ or the bluesy ‘Back Here’ have enough maturity, melody and appeal to suggest that Freeman could be more than just a journeyman solo artist on the local scene come the year end. One to watch!