Jack Freeman - Bliss_coverJack Freeman – Bliss EP
Independent; 2014
Day & A Dream Score: 4.0 out of 5
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Jack Freeman’s just having fun for a change.

That’s the main takeaway from Bliss, the Houston crooner’s new EP which serves as part re-introduction of the singer and part appetizer to Freeman’s upcoming album slated for later this year. Jack’s modus operandi usually involves a tugging of the heartstrings and appeal to raw emotion. That was the backbone of Freeman’s last long-player, 2011’s Lynnie’s Juke Joint, and also the selling point of his big single last year, “Nobody.”

Bliss is not about heartbreak and heartache. The subject matter’s not so serious. Rather, the four tracks that make up Freeman’s summer EP live up to its title and embody mostly happy – and slightly lustful – feelings. Freeman also experiments with a wealth of different sounds on the EP. He slips smooth past his token jazz nightclub solo feel, choosing instead to float over upbeat production from Trakksounds on opener track “Ridin,” which sounds like the instrumental part two to Freeman’s spring single “50 First Dates.” And Freeman uses the Problem Solvers to load up “Elements” with something that starts out pensive but soon coaxes listeners into clapping their hands along to the beat.

Which is not to say that Bliss won’t get you in your feelings. It’ll just have you thinking about the happier side of love, when things go right as opposed to when things go wrong. “Ridin’” is built for cruising ’round with the top down in the summer with your mate at your side. And “Mr. Incredible” is a a number that’s as seductive as the woman Jack describes in the track.

Over the tinkling piano keys of “Mr. Incredible’s” bridge, Jack Freeman insists that what the object of his desire offers is “cool, and I love it, and I think I want some mo’ of it!” This phrase could easily be applied to Bliss as a complete project. It’s just a shy of twenty minutes trip and tease into the Spotless Mind that Freeman has on the way. It is short, painfully so. But for what it accomplishes in demonstrating Jack’s versatility as a musician, and recreating what it feels like to be enamored with someone whether forever or for just a season, Bliss may be just long enough as a summer love soundtrack.