Album review of Fergie Frederiksen’s ‘Happiness is The Road’

Fergie Frederiksen
“Happiness Is The Road”
Frontiers Records (FR CD 531)
****

By Michael Popke

Toto may be inactive, but two of that band’s former vocalists recently released new albums. Bobby Kimball (of “Toto IV” fame) teamed up with ex-Survivor singer Jimi Jamison, while Fergie Frederiksen (from the “Isolation” era) took a break from his multiple collaborations to make a second solo album, “Happiness Is the Road.”

Fergie Fredriksen Happiness Is The RoadUnlike Kimball, Frederiksen’s voice is not immediately recognizable from his Toto years. Deeper and more reserved, it’s still a powerful weapon and belies the fact that the singer has struggled for years with Hepatitis C and in 2010 was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer. He came close to retiring from music.

But out of that suffering came renewed strength and this album’s title track, a feel-good tour de force of timeless AOR penned by Frederiksen and Jim Peterik. Other highlights include the upbeat Toto-like rockers “Angel (Mirror to Your Soul),” “Elaine” and “First to Cry.”

It’s hard not to root for this guy.

 

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