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Any Given Moment
(Frontiers Records - 2013)
Fergie Frederiksen kicks off with Last Battle Of My War, it starts slow and slightly melancholy, but then it becomes an uplifting rocker. But see yourself!
And somehow this song is representing the situation of Fergie Frederiksen, coz he suffers from lung cancer which is inoperable. And so he enjoys any given moment, coz nobody knows how much time he has left. The songs have a light prog-ish sound and a bit bombastic, too. The songs aren't depressive, they show that Fergie Frederiksen hasn't give up. The songs seem to be more personal... A song like Price For Loving You is a classic West Coast melodic rock tune - ennobled with Frederiksen's voice. The slow How Many Roads starts with piano and vocals, and even when the others join in it's still a slow, emotional tune. The title track Any Given Moment is a melancholy tune - with a spark of hope. At Not Alone he got joined by Issa, a beautiful duet. Last, but not least he presents Toto's Angel Don't Cry, a song he wrote and recorded with Toto in the mid-80's.
I really hope that Fergie Frederiksen still has a lot of time, even if we might not hear from him again. Fans of melodic rock / Westcoast rock should get this album, it's fun!
Happiness Is The Road
(Frontiers Records - 2011)
Many will know Fergie Frederiksen from his time fronting Toto, others will know other projects he was involved with e.g. Mecca, LeRoux, Frederiksen / Philips and Frederiksen / Denander. In 1999 he released a solo album called Equilibrium and now he's back with Happiness Is The Road. And so you can expect some great AOR / melodic rock tunes from Mr. Frederiksen.
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