Amen Dunes - Freedom
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2018 Ratings: #138 / 760
Year End Rank: #46
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Based on 377 ratings
2018 Ratings: #158
March 30, 2018 / Release Date
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Sacred Bones / Label
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The enigmatic Brooklyn songwriter finally opens up on a grand, pop-rock masterpiece.

With a powerful list of collaborators ... Amen Dunes refine their eerie psych-pop gaze with sprawling atmospheric production and crystalline guitar riffs sweeping through the most polished tracks he's ever created.
The Line of Best Fit

Songs of innocence and experience make Amen Dunes’ Freedom a devastating listen.

The widened scope of the music is matched by an increased vulnerability in McMahon’s voice, a tenderness that can imbue even his vaguest incantations with a cosmic tenderness.

Even when he was obscured by the hiss and echo of his lo-fi beginnings, McMahon had the look of a fascinating songwriter. Freedom bears that out.


It all makes Freedom McMahon's richest album yet, as well as his most accessible -- as the sound and scope of his music grows, so does its humanity.

No Ripcord

What Freedom reveals is McMahon's ever-evolving tapestry, as it affectionally chronicles the human condition with candor and open-hearted curiosity.

An enormous leap forward, ‘Freedom’ finds Amen Dunes grappling with his abilities, with the passing of the time, and the impact grief can have; a superb record, it’s one that deserves the widest possible audience.
Northern Transmissions
In Amen Dunes’ new record, there’s a refreshing groove to every song and an organic nature to every beat that makes things really pop.
The 405

Uncovering Freedom’s details is a process that most albums reject in favor of brevity. In contrast, McMahon’s record here is a more challenging listen than most, but you won’t know it at first.


Playing upon nostalgia and disparate textures, ‘Freedom’ charms with its swimming, heady auditory experience.

The Observer

Not one to shy away from a big, loaded title, McMahon follows up Love with Freedom, tackling troubled masculinity through a series of character studies and a mesmerising, still psych-indebted sound that has fleshed out even further.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Freedom is not a “challenging” listen, but choruses or hummable melodies are few; rather, the album progresses at a loping, steady pace, as if somehow delivered by natural rhythm.

This July, I quit my jobs and decided to circumnavigate Puerto Rico, sleeping in Walmart parking lots and strangers' houses along the way. Wearing the same clothes for days, bathing in gas station bathrooms, subsisting on jars of peanut butter and relying on the kindness of strangers I can't even communicate with for my meals all come to mind when I hear this album. To me, it's mostly grey but still a little sunny, it's reserved and quiet but still in good spirit - it'll always sound like that ... read more
Cant believe this album passed me by. The song/writing here is really tight and heartfelt, while the production here feels hazy and psychedelic. Also to note, the album flows really well and is cohesive.

Favourite tracks: Blue roses, Calling paul the suffering, satudarah, believe, freedom.

Edit: Grows on me in each listen. This is truly a sleeper gem of an album
A heartfelt and beautifully constructed album with plenty of pop-savvy hooks that work perfectly with the heavy themes that its songs often explore.

Favourite tracks: Blue Rose, Calling Paul the Suffering, Believe, Freedom
This album is really good, easily looking like his most consistent. Def a grower...

update: amazing what a pfork BNM will do for you, cause this thing leaked a while ago and no one was talking about it at all.
I can see myself coming back to this for many years.
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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Blue Rose
  3. Time
  4. Skipping School
  5. Calling Paul the Suffering
  6. Miki Dora
  7. Satudarah
  8. Believe
  9. Dracula
  10. Freedom
  11. L.A.
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Added on: January 17, 2018