Album review by Nick Wasiliev, Good Intent
Sean Frazer has been active within the music scene since releasing his debut record in 2014 and has spent most of his time since then performing with the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Daryl Braithwaite, Jebediah and Sheppard.
During this time, Frazer embarked on a tour across America, and it’s easy to see that the Land of the Free left an impression on him. Teaming up with producer Tim Carr (Matt Corby/Jay-Z) to create this record, Frazer delivers the listener a heartfelt collection of vignettes; telling stories of moving forward in life, friendship and the struggles of growing up.
Gently pulling you in from track one, this record is disarmingly charming and warm, a pick-me-up for those times in your life when you feel like your soul is being crushed. Despite his young age, Frazer conveys a kindness and maturity in his music that is undeniably heartfelt and makes you as a listener open up to his touching stories. This is reflected in the folk-rock style of this record, with sincere guitars leading many of the songs and adding a gorgeous country feel to the proceedings.
‘Missing the 1.45’ is an early highlight, bringing out the best of Frazer’s songwriting with a catchy chorus. The vocals are filled with warmth and mirth, as though Frazer is reminiscing joyfully about a night out with his friends. Songs like ‘Old Love’ and ‘Bricks & Mortar’ are similarly touching, with gorgeous, wholehearted production that is reminiscent of Bernard Fanning.
‘Talk’ however is a real highlight, bringing that country element to the forefront. The lyrics see Frazer reaching out to someone and looking to mend fences, which is refreshingly mature subject matter. This is also echoed on the guitar ballad ‘You Know I’, where Frazer croons about the passing of time, yet still will support the friend he’s singing about, no matter what.
By the time the record comes to its conclusion, it feels like we’ve been on an epic adventure filled with highs, lows, and redemption, much like the adventure Frazer has been on throughout these last few years. The most impressive element is at the core of these great guitar-driven tunes, the emotions expressed are strong, impactful and genuine.
This is an absolute delight of a record. If The Morning Hours is anything to go by, Sean Frazer looks set to join the likes of Alex Lloyd, Paul Kelly and Kasey Chambers as one of our country’s most heartfelt singer-songwriters.