February 27, 2013
Free Energy: On their own, gladly (Dan DeLuca, 1/14/13, Inquirer)
Posted by Orrin Judd at February 27, 2013 9:13 PMWhen we last heard from Free Energy, the hook-happy Philadelphia rock quintet was touring hard behind its grabby 2010 debut album, Stuck on Nothing. The disc came with both hipster cred and corporate muscle, since it was produced by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and released on his DFA Records in conjunction with EMI, one of the few remaining major music labels.Three years down the road, Free Energy is back - but this time they're on their own. On Tuesday, the band will release its seriously catchy second album, Love Sign (***), on its own Free Energy label. The band, led by Minnesota transplants Paul Sprangers and Scott Wells, is still based in Fishtown, though its members are now scattered across the United States. [...]Free Energy's strength is that they're unafraid of the obvious, and free of self-consciousness that might prevent a more ironic band from repeatedly shouting out "Whoa-oa!" over crunching AC/DC power chords before their album is half a minute old. Like Stuck on Nothing, Love Sign is an energetic riff-fest with sweet ballads like "Hold You Close" and "True Love" in the mix.Keeping elemental songs disarmingly direct "is the trick," Sprangers says. "It should sound effortless, like 'oh, man, a child could write that' - that simple."
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