Free Nationals

Free Nationals - Free Nationals
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #488 / 625
User Score
Based on 110 ratings
2019 Ratings: #385
December 13, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
OBE, EMPIRE / Label
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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

Score:
8.4
Great
LZGray
70
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.
HoodieBraden
69
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
Ruck1Fuss
78
Very smooth, but lacks a certain element I can’t put my finger on. Most of the features like Daniel Ceaser, Syd, T.I., Kali Uchis, Mac Miller, and obviously Anderson.Paak land amazingly. But some of them, J.I.D, Conway, and Westide Gunn are just kind of awkward over these instrumentals. Very promising first album though.
Top 3:
Gidget
Time
Beauty & Essex
EiDouVarg
64
While the debut Free Nationals LP has its highlights, they are few and far between, which unfortunately makes very few moments standout amongst the rest. At best, this album is enjoyable background music.
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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