“Freddie Freeloader” is similar to “Who’s That?” as the early part of the theme was practically the same as the previous track. Eventually, what happen is that the music would then change its course by having the saxophones played with a differing composition to further differentiate the track from “Who’s That?” although the theme still stays the same as well. The musical theme is derived from the 12-bar blues as the instrumentals are made to emulate the feel of the said music genre. The emulation of the blues is evident throughout the entire album but in the case of “Freddie Freeloader”, the track has a more upbeat tone as the instrumentals become more active and involved within the performance as well.

The track is generally more upbeat and it is played with an optimistic feel. While it doesn’t necessarily mean that “Who’s That?” is a depressing track, “Freddie Freeloader” is much more fast-paced and exciting. As I consider “Who’s That?” as a introduction, “Freddie Freeloader” is where the story begins by taking off after the previous track ends. The pace of the music would stay upbeat throughout its entire run. Despite being over nine minutes long like the previous track, “Freddie Freeloader” felt as if it’s been played for half of its actual run time due to the pace. While I generally find “Who’s That?” much more relaxing to listen to, “Freddie Freeloader” happens to be more interesting as the pace grabs my attention for the whole time it gets played. It would sound as if the story itself begins with an optimistic feel in which the track then stays consistent until toward the end in which the instrumental would begin to slow down.

I enjoy this track and while it may not be as good as the tracks that came afterward, it’s still a good listen. Despite generally being the more faster and upbeat version of “Who’s That?” outside of a different composition in which the saxophone would take over, it still have a nighttime feel as the theme is still played with a soft composition the previous track has. Once “Freddie Freeloader” ends, from my own interpretation, the story would reach the darker tone on the next track.

Rating: 3.5 of 5

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