By Stephen Chow
Freddie Nelson’s Shake The Cage is here and you need it in your life. It’s excellently done and you’ll appreciate every track because it doesn’t suck. Nelson is a masterful song maker. He’s been at it since age 11 and has been quite successful with his contribution to rock.
So many times, you get bios from artists and they include bold statements such as “sounds like Freddie Mercury” and you roll your eyes and ignore that piece of boasting. There’s only one Freddie Mercury and very few on the Earth have come close.
But… Freddie Nelson’s voice certainly lives in the same zip code of the most famous Freddie to ever exist. It’s pretty undeniable that Nelson and Mercury would have killed and buried a duet. Songs such as “Light” and “The Show” feel like Nelson channeled Queen directly into the studio. No shit.
But don’t get me wrong, Freddie Nelson and company haven’t made a Queen tribute album. They’ve simply made a great album. The production is tight. Nothing is blown out or too heavy-handed. Just rock steady music across all 11 tracks.
There’s at least five stadium-worthy anthems on Shake The Cage. There’s lots of heat in tracks such as “Turn You On” and “Monster In My Room.” Overall, a finely made rock record. Congrats, Freddie.
All songs written and produced by Freddie Nelson
Freddie Nelson – Vocals, guitars, bass, B3, percussion
Thomas Lang – Drums
Nina Sainato – Piano, keyboards
Engineered by Freddie Nelson and Robby Breckinridge, Pittsburgh
Mixed by Rob Hill at X Music Studios, Los Angeles
Mastered by Mazen Murad at Metropolis Studios, London
Photography by Tara Bennett
Art Direction by Nina Sainato
Graphic Design by Sean Montgomery
Shake The Cage Tracklisting:
01. Turn You On
02. Hey Doll
04. Never Fight Alone
05. Keep Running
06. Let You Go
07. My Girl
08. The Show
09. All Night Long
10. Monster In My Room
11. For Those Who Die