Album Details

April 14, 1992
Bar/None Records
Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Americana, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Album Review

A giant step forward from his likeable but ragged debut, Freedy Johnston's Can You Fly is a stunningly accomplished and coherent album that recalls the raw lyricism of such quintessentially American writers as Raymond Carver and Richard Hugo. Johnston sold his family's Kansas farm to finance the recording of Can You Fly, a fact that's cited in the record's opening line and reflected in several autobiographical songs about the guilty downside of pursuing a dream. Elsewhere, Johnston creates rich character studies of people who are vaguely aware that their lives have gone awry but aren't sure what to do about it. If Johnston's stories are bleak, however, the delicacy of his melodies and simple, clean production ensure that hearing them is downright exhilarating. Standouts include the wistful gambler's lament "The Lucky One," the tender "Mortician's Daughter," and especially the supernatural-tinged title track. Syd Straw contributes vocals on one track, the lovely duet "Down in Love."
Kristi Coulter, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Trying to Tell You I Don't Know
  2. In the New Sunshine
  3. Tearing Down This Place
  4. Remember Me
  5. Wheels
  6. The Lucky One
  7. Can You Fly
  8. Responsible
  9. The Mortician's Daughter
  10. Sincere
  11. Down in Love
  12. California Thing
  13. We Will Shine