Battling pain and heartache with an emphatic fist in the air, foot on the monitors blow out is a well worn rocking route, and one that Fuller follows here with conviction.
Following up 2011’s Ask, made with members of Paul McCartney’s road band, Freedom certainly wears its Beatles influences proudly, just check the slamming Getting Better riff powering 1+1. Lyrically, the gloves are off on the anguished title track, the failed marriage requiem Bring Me Down and, best of all, the edgy addiction excoriating Sidewinder.
Fuller’s raw and imploring vocal can recall Bon Jovi, in full, earnest flow, but his resourceful road band draw on a variety of flavours. From Fat Boy’s roadhog strut to the dizzying, euphoric guitar wailing Highest Mountain, to the horn-boosted, southern rock showdown of Roller Coaster Free Fall they bring a well-rounded, arena friendly thrust to the personal anguish.