Williams / Friestedt
DataReleased May 2011
N of discs 1
Edition date May 2011
Label AOR Heaven
REVIEWER: RAYMOND "EVERYBODY LOVES RAY" COONEN
The name Joseph Williams needs no introduction I think.... Okay, for those who have been living under a rock for the last twenty years... Joseph Williams was and currently is the front man of the legendary AOR band Toto. In 1988 Toto catapulted herself (again) straight into the top of rock bands that ruled the music scene those days. Their seventh studio album simply called 'The Seventh One' sold millions and continued classic songs (Stop Loving You, Pamela and Mushanga) that still got airplay nowadays.
Peter Friestedt might need an introduction. To be honest I never heard of the guy either... but a little search on the internet learns that Friestedt is a multi talent. He’s a guitarist, composter, producer and has released two critically acclaimed albums LA Project and LA Project II. Peter recently toured with the also legendary light AOR band Chicago.
'Swear Your Love' is the opener of this project. And I must be honest... straight away one of the best songs on the disk. I’m sad to say that the rest of the songs don’t rock like the opener. They are all good (pop) songs but don’t have that catchy (piano) rhythm as the opener. Songs like the 'Say Goodbye', 'Stay With Me' and 'Where To Touch You' are the best songs on the disk in my opinion and reminds me (the link can be made easily) of Toto with Williams behind the mic... of course. Unfortunately most songs on Williams/Friestedt sound almost the same. No heavier rock song like Williams did record on previous albums like Toto's 'Only The Children' or Vertigo's 'Never Let You Go' or even some super ballads... With that said... the voice of Williams is still soft and smooth as silk, but also powerful on 'Swear Your Love' and breakable on 'Letter To God'. Joseph Williams has one of the best voices in the world if you ask me.
But Williams/Friestedt isn’t the album I will remember as an all-time classic, but more as a light snack to listen to once or twice in my car. Sadly Williams/Friestedt recorded only nine... yes nine tracks on the disk including 'Going Home'. No, not a new version of the brilliant Toto track. 'Going Home' is a hardly shocking instrumental track what easily could be used as a soundtrack of one of those dreadful true story movies... Oh, and with its 2:49 it is the shortest track on the album. What makes the whole running time of the album precisely 33 minutes! That’s a bit short if you ask me.
However Williams/Friestedt is a good appetizer for the new Toto live shows this summer... see you there.
Joseph Williams - vocals
Peter Friestedt - guitars
Bill Champlin - background vocals
Lars Säfsund - background vocals
Tommy Denander - guitars
John "JR" Robinson - drums
Randy Goodrum - keyboards
Bill Cantos - keyboards
Produced by Peter Friestedt
Co-produced by Joseph Williams
Mixed by Ronni Lahti
Mastered by Björn Engelmann