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In the name of hip

In the Name of Love
In the Name of Love
By Freddy Cole

Telarc Records: 2003

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This review first appeared in the Spring 2003 issue of Turbula.

There is something very good and right and balanced about sitting here in 2003 listening to a new album by Nat King Cole's kid brother. Thirty-eight years after Nat passed, Freddy carries the torch of torch music forward.

Yeah, we know, that age is over – Frank and Dino and Sammy are all gone, and Duke and Count are dead, too. But Freddy still has it, man – that unmistakable aura of hip. The ability to hold a note past the beat, to paint with silence better than most singers can with their voice. To take any song and make it his own.

Look, we'll never see a generation like that again – singers who could go up on stage and bare their very essence in the format of a three-minute pop song. But they're not all gone yet – do yourself a favor and give your soul a shot of Freddy Cole. You deserve it.