- Free Your Mind

Cut Copy - Free Your Mind
CRITIC SCORE
68
Based on 22 reviews
2013 Rank: #627 / 938
USER SCORE
74
Based on
56 ratings

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88
Sputnikmusic

Free Your Mind as a whole is a record that matches that almost religious experience of being at that lucid club show that connects instead of merely entertains, where an artist is genuinely interested in meeting the audience halfway. 

80
The 405

If you've got some kind of shindig on the horizon that necessitates a DJ, just whack on Free Your Mind. The group traipse through a multitude of electric genres, leaning especially to the dance of twenty years ago, but nodding to other vital eras too.

80
Under The Radar

Free Your Mind begins unassumingly as a cleverly-structured pop record, but evolves into a more meditative endeavor—without missing a beat of the fun. 

80
AllMusic

Cut Copy may have left behind the monochromatic brilliance of their early work, but the explosion of colors they've added like Jackson Pollock on a bender has only made their growth more interesting and enriching.

80
Consequence of Sound

Dance tent, main stage, club, arena: The songs will connect anywhere, and when they tour the shit out of this album in 2014, only a fool would bet against this set of songs connecting everywhere.

80
The Fly

On the day-glo ‘Free Your Mind’, they’ve remembered there’s nothing inherently wrong with channelling a love for house, electro and dreamy acoustic strum-alongs into intelligent, radio-friendly bangers.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

The LP is revisionary as opposed to revolutionary, owing much in style and substance to Primal Scream’s Screamadelica, but it’s successful because Cut Copy reflect past sounds via the prism of modern pop, refining and rechanneling their influences in the process.

70
NME

It’s nothing new, but it is fun.

67
A.V. Club

Beats land heavy and strong, keyboards and synths ring out like beacons of truth, and Dan Whitford’s feather-light voice seems to float through the air. A lack of focus, however, keeps the album inches from greatness.

65
The Line of Best Fit

Ultimately, it’s a hypnotic and intermittently enjoyable experience, which whilst a little overextended and at times as shallow as the music it pastiches, marks a convincing enough return for Cut Copy. 

64
Pitchfork

Free Your Mind manages to be Cut Copy's most homogenous and it's most "message-based" record yet, and in doing little other than turning on, tuning in and dropping out, there’s precious little separating it from the vapid electro-pop to which Cut Copy used to be an alternative.

60
DIY

It's completely separate to the band's previous 'Zonoscope' and 'In Ghost Colours' records. Everything is more hyperactive, euphoria being the absolute goal. 

60
Drowned in Sound

This ‘try anything once’ mindset is repeated too many times across Free Your Mind. Like most earnest attempts to reimagine the past, it’s an entertaining indulgence.

40
Spin

The record is so one-note it makes its predecessor sound like an entire season at the London Philharmonic.

40
PopMatters

If this album is Cut Copy’s idea of a religious experience, then I’m fine with excommunication—namely, not listening to most of these songs ever again.

Apr 13, 2016
Felindie
75
Fav Tracks: Meet Me in a House of Love, Free Your Mind, We Are Explorers
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November 5, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Loma Vista/Modular / Label
Electropop / Genres
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# 48 - FasterLouder
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# 8 - Obscure Sound
# 45 - Under the Radar
Track List
  1. (Intro)
  2. Free Your Mind
  3. We Are Explorers
  4. Let Me Show You Love
  5. (into the desert)
  6. Footsteps
  7. In Memory Capsule
  8. (above the city)
  9. Dark Corners & Mountain Tops
  10. Meet Me in a House of Love
  11. Take Me Higher
  12. (the waves)
  13. Walking in the Sky
  14. Mantra


Added on: September 9, 2013