Freedom
Amen Dunes - Freedom
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #50 / 296
User Score
Based on 183 ratings
2018 Ratings: #21
Your Review

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.

Mar 23, 2018
lemuriams
NR
Hi i come from the future - pitchfork give him 8.3 bnm
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
Mar 30, 2018
Muhammad231299
87
His 3 singles are Perfect and this album makes me sad and happy in the same time, it have some of the most beautiful tunes in 2018 so far

Thanks for pitchfork for giving BNM (8.6)

Hope you release more album in the future
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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.


Added on: January 17, 2018