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Freight Train
THE GREAT SPACE COASTER
(Reverse Feed)

What happens when a band throw every songwriting rule out the window and opt to record what amounts to an hour-long jam session? The Boston band Freight Train ó whether consciously or not ó provide one answer on their first official Reverse Feed release. Each track is a journey through open-ended celestial jams and underwater-sounding interludes, with spare vocals periodically thrown in. The standard verse/chorus/verse format is limited to cameo appearances on "Gimme a Sign" and the ultra-funky "Whiskey Youth." Both songs eventually shift into improvisational solos over the main melody, an approach thatís more indicative of Freight Trainís style. To say that this isnít a studio band is an understatement; each track runs at least six minutes. "Boogie on Brighton Ave," a seemingly spontaneous live jam recorded at the Music Complex in Somerville, sounds more polished and energetic than the more traditionally recorded songs.

BY DAVID BOFFA


Issue Date: January 21 - 27, 2005
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