Frogleg “Busy Checking In” 2017
A freaky review.
One of my true & quintessential joys of my existence comes from dancing wildly to my favorite ever freaking band from Minneapolis Frogleg. Their prolific exquisite eccentric music propels me in ways that defy nature & challenge gravity. As many who know me can imagine, I don’t need to listen repeatedly to this album to write my honest review. These Frogleg songs contained in here have been ringing in my ears & playing in my head all the time every day. Dancing brings myself unrestrained release & hence; expression. I’ve immersed my being in this inviting magical spellbinding music for the 21st century.
Here’s my own take on the songs: “Last Glass Fall” follows a wandersome soul who fights life’s demons & dragons while trying to persevere to a better place. “Homestead” beams of bestie style friendship with loyal nurturing quality time spent. A special one who shares in dark times turning back to the light. “Up in the Blue” speaks lucidly of love & freedom in a dreamlike sequence.
“Tommy & Isabelle” spins a beautiful tale of dreams & dashed hopes. “First thunder, first rain” sweetly celebrates spring & the turning of the mindset while lamenting the eventual winter, savoring summer & fall, hinting of wondrous nature & ritual. “Busy checking in” is a modern day poke at today’s obsessive digital culture & yearning for the potential of moving past it.
“Persephone” delves into myths of the past with it’s moving & in the end hopeful story. Captivating instrumental “Mash Pierre” serves the imagination with its frolicking adventurously cascading moods & changes. “Johnny Law” chronicles the much maligned nighttime roadside encounter with a nosy cop & a not so happy ending. Listen for Demitri’s frenetic explosive guitar solo right after the law gets handed the precious nugs. “In the Dust” resonates of a young man & his BMX bike that provides his simple joy while leaving his troubles behind him. Hence; in the dust. “Longing” is a sensory meandering tune of traveling thoughts, attraction & love just out of reach. On the blue vinyl release of this record are recorded live bonus tracks “In the Vines” & signature “Little Sleep” (found on Frogleg’s debut self titled release).
Chief songwriter (& guitarist) Joe Dunn has a miraculous ability to observe everyday things in real life & then transpose them articulately into truly fantastic songs. All members of the group are extraordinarily talented. Their chemistry is astounding.
I now know intimately the lyrics, changes, hooks, bridges, choruses, nuances & even have spun countless hours of experience, I’m only one of many many fans of the increasingly beloved Frogleg. The local music scene has been positively infused & strongly invigorated my the powerful funky presence of this rising band. Now they have become my brothers & near dear family. For this, I am forever fully blessed. In all my years of being a passionate mad dancing music fanatic, very few acts have ever moved me like Frogleg has. The future for them is getting brighter every day. This is what I live for. ~Timmy the Freak email@example.com
This record easily gets ****4 Smoking Bongs~ the freak’s highest possible rating. Enjoy with a friend or twenty. Freak on the dancefloor! Join me on tour!!