A show usually has an X amount of fuel. If they are lucky enough they can run as long as more than ten years and become a staple, yet as some may say it’s the case with The Simpsons, for example, it’s about time they give up and call it quits as it seems as their air time has expired and they are only but rotting. On music in the other hand, that may be a different things. After an artist gets to its 10th album or so, there’s a 50/50 chance they may have taken some time to reevaluate their approach and come with something fresh and new or they are just staying their welcome.
You’re Free by veteran Dan Israel and it’s 14th record overall it embraces the moment he was going through during the writing and production process as he was starting from scratch again, giving leap of faith one after the other – the transitional state got to translate into the music, as songs like the title track feels very liberating, like a soundtrack you will hear on a 90s coming-of-age teen drama, that moment where our star is kicking off school or college and starting a new life. “Back To You” is an uplifting ballad, but also it works as a great road trip song. The album as a whole is filled with throwbacks to the heydays of Rock and Roll, that time where organs used to play a major role in the genre. The record also is filled with hints to other genres such as Folk and Country, what gives a rural, Midwest vibe to the record.
After 14 albums and Lord knows how many EPs, the talent and the will to rock the stage has remain. There are some crazy solos in the gritty “Long Gone Dream” and as mentioned earlier, the whole record feels as the best soundtrack for a road trip as you go on the road. However, for another mood or time, this material might not exactly work. It feels very niche, and that may be either a good or a bad thing.
Criteria - 80%
In the end, You’re Free by Dan Israel captures the wild spirit of a certain era enclose in an eleven tracks record. There’s potential and something to appreciate for a certain group of people, both under and above the youngest generation. The rusty ones will dig this one out and the youngsters that are in constant craving for retro music will love this. For the rest, you will have to move forward.