Review: "Vulnerable Commercialism" EP by Freddie Bourne

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Freddie Bourne is a singer-songwriter from New Jersey who currently makes music out of Evansville, Indiana. Freddie recently released his fourth project; a collection of four live performed songs titled “Vulnerable Commercialism”.

Firstly, I need to applaud Bourne for releasing these songs as live performances. Artists often stray away from doing this for fear that it won’t sound perfect or polished enough. Releasing songs in this way makes it feel more like art at its purest form.

Bourne performs four songs all with piano accompaniment and some guitar. He speaks to the audience before each song, explaining to them what the songs mean and what inspired them. This project has a few different themes: nostalgia, mental health, and pain are a few of them.

Freddie sings from his soul throughout all four songs. You can feel the emotion in his voice and often visualize what he’s singing about. The “Vulnerable” in the title of the project is definitely earned. This project is raw, emotional, intense, sad and beautiful. While I feel that these songs also would’ve sounded good recorded in a studio, I believe that performing them live added to the overall impact of the project.

It’s easy to hear that the audience enjoyed the entire performance as they clapped, whistled, hooted and cheered loudly after each song concluded. I feel that hearing the audience’s reaction also adds to the overall feel of the project. It helps to add authenticity and rawness.

Much like the audience, I also enjoyed this project. It was fresh, creative and unique. I look forward to hearing more music from Freddie in the future. And maybe we’ll start to see more artists releasing their songs as live performances.

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