"The album is fantastic. He puts soul into every note he sings and plays." Tim Parsons (editor of Tahor Onstage and 30 year music veteran) (full review)
"Lazer Lloyd delivers on new Freedom's Child album. The title track has a Johnny Cash meets Steve Earle vibe to it." Markos Papadatos, Digital Journal (full review)
"Critics have noted Lloyd’s skill as a lyricist, saying he is 'able to elevate life’s joys and struggles into inspirational material'. Couple that with supple musicianship, and that makes Freedom’s Child one of the most compelling discs of 2017. Watch out, though - this one’s gonna hit you right in the feels. Five Stars" John Kereiff (Canadian music sage at Gonzo Okanagan) (full review)
"Freedom's Child" is packed with the singer/songwriter's inspiring lyrics in 12 original songs set to stripped down folk, roots rock, country blues, and Lloyd's soul-igniting soaring guitar. The new album is shooting up the Americana Chart - up 150 points in the first month with the viral spreading of the song "America" generating a rare diverse AND positive discussion on social media.
The lead single, “Blessed Man”, is a raw southern rock track reflecting on life’s simple blessings. The song was written during one of his regular Facebook live guitar and chill sessions with his fans and exemplifies the raw honesty and power of Lloyd’s writing.
“You can be sure I've had my hard times. Faced death, war and drugs. Lost plenty of good friends to the bottle - even found myself face flat on the rug. Yes some days I'm still fightin' to find a little peace of mind. Could be I've just stepped out of bounds havin' myself a good time…”
"When I wake up in the morning, coffee in my hand... Yes I said it's time to pray, 'cuz I'm given life again...
"If I wake up in the morning six strings in my hand, time to sing praises because I'm living yes again. I feel like I am a blessed man..."
His unique cover of "All Along The Watchtower" winning accolades from fans of all ages. Esqueça do Mundo (Forget the World) - the only instrumental guitar piece on the album - has ignited a fire in Brazil leading to calls for Lazer Lloyd to perform live in the passionate music loving nation.
Lazer is backed by the tight and creative rhythm section also featured on his acclaimed self-titled 2015 album (Moshe Davidson on bass and Elimelech Grundman on drums). Three tracks (Freedom’s Child, America, and Watchtower) featuring Lazer solo with acoustic and electric guitars and vocals were produced in collaboration with Grammy nominated engineer-producer David Ivory (Halestorm, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Patti LaBelle).
- 1. Blessed Man
- 2. Been Tryin'
- 3. Talk
- 4. Freedom's Child
- 5. God, Money, and Women
- 6. Letters
- 7. All Along the Watchtower
- 8. America
- 9. Good Woman
- 10. My Girls
- 11. Esqueça do Mundo (Forget the World)
- 12. We Are All
Lazer’s songwriting acknowledges the struggles people discuss with him in comments and messages while also seeking to inspire the strength to fight on with joy. On the personal side, the artist reflects on raising his young daughters as a working musician often away from home, on keeping love alive in marriage, yearning for lost friends, and pushing beyond sex and money to find the real treasures of life.
The album also includes the studio version backed by Davidson and Grundman of Lazer's viral solo guitar instrumental “Esqueca do Mundo (Forget the World)”. The track was so-named when a Brazilian fan commented to a friend in Portuguese that the music made would make him “forget the world”.
The original version of the song went viral on Youtube (1.2 million organic views) and has sparked the growth of a Brazilian Lazer Lloyd fanbase that has flowed into the international melting pot of the artist’s Facebook page along with a large contingent from the UK, Australia, Canada, Germany and increasingly Japan. No Depression (magazine) describes the master at work… "Lloyd handles his guitar like it was an extension of his body, and it emits sounds emerging directly from his soul...”.
All songs composed by Lazer Lloyd except
"All Along The Watchtower" by Bob Dylan (Dwarf Music)
Lazer Lloyd: Guitars & Vocals, Harmonica (All Songs)
Moshe Davidson: Bass (1, 2, 3, 9, 11)
Elimelech Grundman: Drums (1, 2, 3, 9, 11, 12)
Shmuel Lazer: Backing Vocals (12)
Studio, location, engineer (track #s)
Dylanava Studios, Pennsylvania, David Ivory (4, 7, 8)
Mitzlol Studio, Tel Aviv, Jonathan Barak (1, 2, 3, 9, 11)
Shemesh, RBS, David Epstein (10)
SuperSonic Studio, Jerusalem, Amit Golan (6)
ILMBR, RBS, Aharon Mendlowitz (5)
Ofir Leibowitz Studio, Tel Aviv, OL (12)
RBS = Ramat Beit Shemesh
Produced by Lazer Lloyd and Yo Seidman
David Ivory co-produced (4, 7, 8)
Mastering by Justin Parker at Mystery Room Mastering Studio
Cover Art by Markus Greiner
Catalogue #: LOL7700005
Lots of Love Records, 2017
Lazer Lloyd is a member of ASCAP #1667774
Endless thanks and praise to The Universal Mind Heart Love for sending us so many messengers and miracles to make this album possible - Let The World Be One