Sunday, February 20, 2011

Artist Spotlight: Freedy Johnston

So, I've been on a Freedy Johnston kick for a while now. In particular, his 1994 album, This Perfect World, has found its way back into my regular rotation.

If you're unfamiliar with Freedy, he's the songwriter behind such bittersweet '90s gems as "Bad Reputation", "The Lucky One" and "This Perfect World."

Some might argue that Johnston is one of the most under-appreciated songwriters of his generation. Johnston's songs are often dark, evocative stories nestled neatly into short packages of lovely folk-pop.

And while his 1992 and 1994 albums may stand as his most-recognized works, Freedy is still recording. His last outing was 2010's acclaimed Rain on the City.

Revisiting Freedy Johnston has led me to discover some great songs I never heard from him the first time around.

One in particular is the lead-off track from Johnston's 1997 album, Never Home. "On the Way Out" breaks out a somewhat surprising alt-rock edge in a repertoire best known for mid-tempo acoustic narrations. You can watch the video below:

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