Intentions As Big As the Sky
This is the debut CD by this critically- acclaimed and prolific artist. It is raw and quirky. It covers quite a bit of musical territory. It was selt-produced in his home studio (which was actually in a friend's grandmother's basement.) It is lo-fi, but a cool record with a 70's folk-rock vibe. Reviews: 'Don't expect the hands-off, antiseptic quality of a big, slick, 68-track studio album. This CD has an earthy, straw-like smell for your ears. It has the grazing touch of a brick wall against the back of your hand. It has very ball-point-pen-on-blue-lined-paper written lyrics. It's honest and quirky.' -- Craig Gilbert, New Haven Advocate 3/26/98 'Peekskill resident Fred Gillen Jr. really gets a chance to shine on the final track from 'Intentions As Big As The Sky.' It is Gillen a capella- robust with twangy emotion, growls and moans. An extremely advanced songwriter, a la Warren Zevon, Randy Newman, or John Hyatt, this tunesmith's songs are the true focus of the CD, not the recording. Compositions such as the stellar 'Monument' and 'Girl Of Every Boy's Dreams' make this disc an important milestone in local music.' -- George Fletcher, Poughkeepsie Journal, 5/30/97 ''Intentions As Big As The Sky' is the latest solo album by Fred Gillen Jr., formerly of New York's Rain Deputies. As a solo artist, Gillen focuses more on a modern day, folk-rock direction and ably shows that he is an articulate writer with a knack for descriptive lyrics and catchy hooks. In the hands of a slick production team and big-name artist, 'Girl Of Every Boy's Dreams' could be a measurable hit. Equally impressive is the plaintive 'Trapdoor In The Sun.' -- Mick Skidmore, Relix Magazine 8/97.