A roots-rock record filled with harmonized vocals, electric guitar, and swooning fiddle, A Whole Lot of Freedom proves that Surrender Hill’s road-dog status — the result of a busy touring schedule that often finds the band playing more than 200 international shows a year — dosen’t come at the expensive of the duo’s sharp, articulate writing. Indeed, this is a songwriter’s album that appeals to casual onlookers and vets of the trade, from “The Ballad of Rebel Wingfield” — a gorgeous, nostalgic ballad about a drug dealer who lives and dies by his own set of rules — to the sparse and sentimental “Beautiful Wren,” which pays tribute to the couple’s son.
Elements of Americana, Folk, Country and Singer/songwriter, sounding like a perfect cross between Bruce Springsteen, Rodney Crowell and Dolly Parton, both vocally and musically speaking. It all sounds very fresh and memorable, with a nice variety due to the use of both male and female lead vocals as well as sharing them. Surrender Hill delivers high quality and should therefore not be ignored.Strutter Magazine