Freedom

Amen Dunes - Freedom
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #99 / 546
User Score
Based on 252 ratings
2018 Ratings: #52
March 30, 2018 / Release Date
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Sacred Bones / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

The enigmatic Brooklyn songwriter finally opens up on a grand, pop-rock masterpiece.

90
Exclaim!
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.
90
The Line of Best Fit

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

86
Pitchfork
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.
82
Paste

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.

80
AllMusic

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.

80
No Ripcord

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

80
Clash
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.
75
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.
75
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.

74
GIGsoup

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

60
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.

60
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.

Jul 27, 2018*
MarkCooper
85
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
Jun 19, 2018
itsyahboinoah
82
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.
Mar 30, 2018*
chunderz
84
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
May 7, 2018
bjork
76
uma exposição intrínseca. em partes, escuro, com todo seu existencialismo. na sua maioria, maduro, leve.
Apr 5, 2018
78
This is by far Damon McMahon's most complete album yet. For years he's tried on everything from Experimental Rock to Psychedelic Folk. And for the most part it's been all solid. But for the first time, Damon sounds comfortable in his own sound and really lets loose. This album is ripe with emotional performances and meditative instrumentals, which combined makes for a flooring listen. But there are still a handful of tunes here that I wasn't too crazy about, and some instrumentals could ... read more
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Added on: January 17, 2018