Free Nationals

Free Nationals - Free Nationals
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2019 Ratings: #568 / 771
User Score
Based on 176 ratings
2019 Ratings: #493
Liked by 4 people
December 13, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
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Free Nationals' debut is a silky-smooth underground R&B record that features some amazing, groovy production with incredible collaborators. There are those one or two instrumentals that end up being slightly awkward but I enjoyed this overall.

Fav Tracks: Time, Beauty & Essex, Gidget, On Sight, Oslo, Eternal, Shibuya, RENE

Least Fav Track: Obituaries

nice to know that anderson .paak’s backing band really rips. actually, i shouldn’t be surprised since i saw paak and them put on a great show around this time two years ago. yeah, really nice soul and R&B type stuff, great for the summer. only complaint is that it gets sorta spotty in the back half.

Favorites: Beauty & Essex, Gidget, The Rivington, On Sight, Lester Diamond
Least Favorites: Oslo, Cut Me a Break, Time (kinda wish i liked this one more :/)
Didn't even know this was Anderson .Paak's live band until the day this album released lmao. I had heard of the Free Nationals before though. And here they are with their debut record...

It's really not bad. I didn't really know what to expect from it tbh. I hadn't listened to anything from them previously, so I didn't know if they were good or trash. They definitely aren't trash. This didn't blow me away or anything, but it was a solid little hip-hop record with some pretty nice features here ... read more
Really great instrumentation all around, and most of the features are fantastic. But there seems to be a lack of identity coming off of this project. Feels more like a compilation than a holistic album experience.
Another user said it best - succeeds as background music and not much more. Time is great though, that one is *the one.*
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Track List

  1. Obituaries (feat. Shafiq Husayn)
  2. Beauty & Essex (feat. Daniel Caesar & Unknown Mortal Orchestra)
  3. On Sight
  4. Shibuya (feat. Syd)
  5. Apartment (feat. Benny Sings)
  6. Gidget (feat. Anderson .Paak & T.Nava)
  7. Rene (feat. Callum Connor)
  8. Time
  9. Cut Me a Break (feat. T.I.)
  10. Eternal Light
  11. Oslo (feat. Callum Connor & T.Nava)
  12. Lester Diamond
  13. The Rivington (feat. Conway, Westside Gunn & Joyce Wrice)
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Added on: November 8, 2019