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"The song builds towards a phenomenal guitar solo, echoing the signature style of Joe Walsh from The Eagles. This homage to classic rock, combined with reggae elements and spiritual lyrics, crafts "Set Me Free" into a beautifully balanced tapestry of diverse influences."
"[Boris] reminds the listener of a younger take on the likes of Carlos Santana"
"[Joe Boris] brings together reggae grooves, rock muscle, trippy six-string salvos and just the right amount of louche and loose, sunshine vibes."
"Reggae music sounds so darn good whenever it’s done correctly, and with “Set Me Free,” Boris gets the groove just right."
"With its unique blend of musical genius and poignant storytelling, Boris effortlessly captures the essence of life’s struggles and triumphs."
"With "Set Me Free," Joe Boris indeed frees himself from genre limitations and expectations, presenting a song that's as daring and unpredictable as it is irresistibly engaging."
"['Set Me Free'] harmoniously fuses the epic-yet-chill energy of Sublime with a spiritual depth echoing traditional Rastafarian reggae. This vibing anthem conceals an unexpected depth beneath its feel-good surface.
"The raw authenticity of Boris’s voice adds a layer of depth to this captivating piece."
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----------DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTUREhttps://dancing-about-architecture.com/set-me-free-joe-boris-reviewed-by-dave-franklin/
Although we have seen Joe Boris adopt the guise of everything from foot-on-the-moniter rocker to deft blues player and from psychedelic guitar wielder to soulful soloist, Set Me Free sees him in altogether new territory. As he celebrates the power of “the herb,” he brings together reggae grooves, rock muscle, trippy six-string salvos and just the right amount of louche and loose, sunshine vibes.
Coming from a background of free-form and jamming, notably leading One Eyed Jack to success with his incendiary stage presence and well-crafted songs, it fits that here at least, he reminds the listener of a younger take on the likes of Carlos Santana, a player who has always been prone to musical flights of fancy within the loose form of the jam band environment.
Anthology, the album from which this is taken, is a masterful collection of sounds and styles and Set Me Free is an example of just one of the many genres and jams, forms and formulas, sonic seductions and musical masterstrokes to be found within. Buy it now.
Prepare to be captivated by the soulful melodies and thought-provoking lyrics of “Set Me Free” by Joe Boris. This mesmerizing song takes you on a journey through a symphony of emotions, leaving you yearning for more. With its unique blend of musical genius and poignant storytelling, Boris effortlessly captures the essence of life’s struggles and triumphs.
As the enchanting reggae fusion fills the air, you’ll find yourself transported to a world where every line resonates deep within your soul. The raw authenticity of Boris’s voice adds a layer of depth to this captivating piece. It’s impossible not to get lost in his powerful delivery, each word carefully crafted to evoke genuine emotion.
“Set Me Free” delves into themes that are both personal and universally relatable. This song talks about the joy of casting away society’s rules and exploring self-discovery with cannabis.. Boris’ lyrics and electric guitar will captivate you.
At first glance, the song title to Joe Boris’ single “Set Me Free” reads like a cry for release some oppression or other. It’s a demand for immediate change, one might gather. Perhaps, even a command for the same. Then when the music starts, with its loping reggae groove, you (the listener) are set up for this brand new social/political anthem. But no, this is not a cover of a Bob Marley rant, or even one inspired by his music. (Well, it could be inspired by the practices of Marley’s Rastafarian religious beliefs). The song is, instead, a musical/lyrical request for some weed to smoke, instead. Rastafarians are known to smoke pot as part of their religious practices. More accurately, Boris’ single is a love song for marijuana.
The title is not the sound of Boris demanding freedom from his captures. Instead, it is a description of how smoking marijuana makes Boris feel. It ‘sets him free’ whenever he’s getting high. On the one hand, the song’s lyric expresses Boris’ feelings about the smokable plant. However, musically, it is a five-minute track that allows Boris to stretch out and express his strong guitar skills. It includes an extensive electric guitar solo within it, as well as plenty of wonderful electric guitar rhythm.
The song’s style, speaking again about Bob Marley, is reggae. It rolls to a gently rocking groove. In addition to its guitar sounds, it also includes roaming bass and steady drumming. Much like Marley’s Wailers, there are also female backing vocalists mirroring Boris’ “Give me some ganja” chorus lines.
Boris has been on the East Coast music scene since the ‘90s and moved in circles that have included luminaries like Clarence Clemons and Garth Hudson. For someone who is now a mature adult (at least in age), the words to this song sure come off simplistic and innocent. This tribute to the way smoking pot makes Boris feel could just have just as easily come from a junior high student. In other words, Boris doesn’t make a compelling argument for, say, the legalization of pot, in places where it is still illegal. Boris says he loves this plant so much, that when he dies, he wants those he’s survived by to, “Bury me in a ganja field ten feet high.” Unless attitudes about drugs change radically and rapidly between now and the time he passes on, he’s likely not going to receive this wish. If the ganja is at least ten feet high, his tombstone would probably need to be eleven feet tall in order to be seen above all the ganja plants. But then, we’re probably overthinking this scenario.
On just a musical level, though, this is an enjoyable song. Reggae music sounds so darn good whenever it’s done correctly, and with “Set Me Free,” Boris gets the groove just right. Boris is not going to win any downtrodden individuals their freedom with this song. Instead, he’s given himself the opportunity to tell his listeners exactly how he feels about toking on his favorite substance. He calls this stuff heavenly weed, and he clearly loves singing its praises with this sweet leaf of a track.
----------MUSIC FARMER 5https://www.musicfarmer5.com/post/joe-boris-set-me-free
In the vibrant panorama of the contemporary reggae scene, Joe Boris emerges, solidifying his presence as a dynamic force with his single, "Set Me Free." The track harmoniously fuses the epic-yet-chill energy of Sublime with a spiritual depth echoing traditional Rastafarian reggae. This vibing anthem conceals an unexpected depth beneath its feel-good surface.
"Set Me Free" seizes the listener's attention right from the opening, with a rainstick conjuring an aural spectacle, succeeded by a playful array of stereo-play guitars and vivacious bass lines that dart between the left and right audio channels. Boris's talent for crafting captivating soundscapes is evident in the leisurely yet intoxicating aura of the song.
Joe Boris' vocal shines as the centerpiece of the track, resonating with a fresh and captivating allure. As the song progresses, his voice is augmented by a talkbox effect, evoking a powerful nostalgia reminiscent of Peter Frampton's soul-rock innovation. Yet Boris also carves a modern and unique niche within this tradition, establishing "Set Me Free" as a noteworthy contemporary classic.
Adding an ethereal dimension is a captivating female vocal that harmonizes with Boris's own, creating a mesmerizing echo to the lyrical line, “Gimme some Ganja.” This profound musical dialogue enhances the song's spiritual core, adding depth and fascination.
The song builds towards a phenomenal guitar solo, echoing the signature style of Joe Walsh from The Eagles. This homage to classic rock, combined with reggae elements and spiritual lyrics, crafts "Set Me Free" into a beautifully balanced tapestry of diverse influences.
Boris' distinguished career, performing alongside the likes of Clarence Clemons, Michael Falzarano, Garth Hudson, and Buddy Cage, explains why "Set Me Free" blends the finest of classic rock and contemporary innovation. His influential role in the East Coast's jam band scene is reflected in the expansive, psychedelic soundscapes that define the song. His lyrical prowess, echoing the heartfelt narratives of Bob Dylan, breathes substance into the song's seemingly simplistic theme.
At its heart, "Set Me Free" is a heartfelt homage to marijuana, extolling the pleasure and liberation it offers. Its guileless appreciation of the plant forms an invigorating contrast to the intricate musical layers. While the song eschews political arguments for legalization, its joyous celebration of marijuana stands as a compelling statement in itself.
"Set Me Free" infuses elements of fun, enchantment, and laid-back rock 'n' roll, aligning with the current trend of nostalgia for the music of the past. It respects its musical forebears while carving its unique groove in the musical landscape. With "Set Me Free," Joe Boris indeed frees himself from genre limitations and expectations, presenting a song that's as daring and unpredictable as it is irresistibly engaging.
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