Mike Comfort Free
By Marcus Pan
I just finished reviewing the worst CD to come in this
month (Hypnotique), and I will now treat myself to
reviewing one of the best CDs to come in this month. Mike Comfort is one of the
top singer/songwriters I've found yet, and while his music isn't typically
"Legends" like, I will review it for two reasons: 1) It does have a punky edge
to it and I do/will write about punk and 2) It's really freaking good.
I've held off writing this review as long as I could,
justifying with spinning this CD 2-3 times a day with, "Well I have to write
about it soon." And then promptly writing other reviews so that I will always,
at least, have SOMETHING good to listen to in the recent stash of poop. But
alas, time has come to write Free up
but Ill probably carry
the CD around in my bag anyway.
Beginning in 2002 as the band Thirst, they thrilled northern
California with their upbeat sound, honest rock n roll and great
performances. By September 2004 real life got in the way and Thirst was
disbanded. Mike Comfort's Free has its roots in the band Thirst and includes
some of the best alterna-rock, bold faced and feel good rock 'n roll to hit the
streets in years. Indie to the core, with Mike's well versed lyrics and
original vocal quality, it's a wonder why Thirst or, today Mike himself, hasn't
been picked up by a major label.
Throughout Free there's song about many subjects
from drunkenness (Hit the Floor, The Toast) to love (Pledge,
Story of Your Smile), coming of age (Someday) and loneliness
(Falling Away). While Comfort's music and content isn't our usual dark
laced stuff, it is comparable to work by Saints of 35th Street(1), Collective
Soul, Soul Asylum or Small Engine Metropolis(2). A little bit of punk, a little
bit of rock and whole lot of feeling.
This is one of those few albums where there are no bad
songs. There's soft ballads like Life Goes On, punk anthems like Hit
the Floor and Someday as well as touching love songs like In My
Eyes (which starts us off) and the hidden gem at the end which isn't listed
on the album which, based on lyrics, I assume is called Simplify. Mike's
lyrics are simple in fact, but are built with such heart and soul and feeling
that even the seemingly mundane (eye colors, beauty and growing up) becomes
Mike Comfort could easily dwarf all that is alternative rock
and punk on the radio today and do so with much more heart. Easily one of the
best songwriters I have ever heard, his work stands as one of the best examples
of life put to music. Even the most stonehearted cynic and critic is going to
feel something here. I did...plenty in fact.
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(1) Reviewed in
reviewed in Legends #125.
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