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Joe Frey – ‘Hold Fast’ album review
3.5 Overall Score

Label:

Self-released

For Fans Of:

Housefires, David Grey, Band Of Horses

We Like:

“Faithful”

Joe Frey – ‘Hold Fast’ album review

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It’s fitting that emerging New England singer-songwriter Joe Frey’s most recent release is an EP—which, in this case, should stand for “encouraging people.” On Hold Fast (buy), Frey overlaps the message of God’s hope and restoration time and again, especially on the collection’s strongest tracks “Restore My Soul” and “Faithful.” You can feel the passion in Frey’s voice, as his often-tinny melodies effectively rise and strain like that of David Grey, but also echo the ethereal a la Benjamin Birdwell and very slight (but present) hint of Bono on certain phrasings and meter. Overall, Hold Fast is a promising project that should pave the way for more great music to come.

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About The Author

Kevin Sparkman
Managing Editor

After both on-stage and front-office experience in the Christian recording industry, (including co-founding Exit 3 Entertainment, Inc. and General Manager of hip-hop label Beatmart Recordings), Sparkman returned to Salem in 2014 from a Dir. of Communications position in the United Methodist Church. He became the Managing Editor of CCM Magazine in January 2015.