Free Humans

Hen Ogledd - Free Humans
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #409 / 692
User Score
Based on 22 ratings
September 25, 2020 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Loud and Quiet

Simply put, if Free Humans was a film, then it’d be The Goonies directed by Werner Herzog. It’s a surreal, heartwarming adventure through the hedges and hedgerows of Britain’s musical fringes – an absolute masterpiece.

80
Uncut
Flitting from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the personal to the universal, and from a time before people to a time long after them, it's a mess, but a glorious one all the same.
80
AllMusic
The ambitious double album finds Hen Ogledd further refining their take on pop sounds, presenting neatly produced tunes that offer straightforward hooks, anthemic choruses, and a generally less cluttered rendering of the band's maximal aesthetic.
75
Beats Per Minute

Free Humans rewards the time investment, even if it does take a few unnecessary detours. It possesses so much pop ingenuity and sonic diversity that it has the potential to appeal to all sorts of people previously unfamiliar with the band, and it would be a shame if some of the filler material were to put off casual listeners.

61
Spectrum Culture
This is a lot of trebly, upbeat music to stomach in one sitting, but Hen Ogledd has evolved into an ambitious and interesting pop project.
60
Mojo

In smaller chunks, however, Free Humans is exhilarating and unpredictably so.

MusicN
92
I've just started uni again and as all of the content is online taught for the foreseeable future (and I have to do most of the coursework on a screen) I can't envisage writing proper reviews for while. "When did he ever post proper reviews" you think, smartarsedly. I will still rate stuff, but probably only work that really piques my interest.
This is a shame as I've been working on a mammoth A Quiet Farwell review since march! Through a mixture of putting it off, me brain being a ... read more
dearsongs
85
I LOVE the first half. The first 4 songs are especially perfect. Weird ass songs written within pop constructs, with heavy doses of psychedelic sounds thrown in. The second half is more challenging but still has enjoyable tunes. Think Abba, Kraftwerk, C86, and so many more things. Obv Richard Dawson involved projects aren't for everyone, but man do I like this. Danceable, weird, emotional, beautiful, & fun. If this album was just the first 8 songs I think I'd score it even higher. Either ... read more
EL
83
When i first heard this I really didn't think it was as good as the album before this, but it has really grown on me.

Weird because when I first heard trouble I had my doubts, but now its one of my favourite tracks on the album.

Anything with Richard Dawson grows on me like a tumor anyways. =)
SIGH
60
To me, the album is peppered with inspired and fun moments that seriously left an impression. Unfortunately, however, those great moments are overpowered by the frequent stretches of "decent, but not incredible" absurdist pop.
100
Definitely not for everyone's tastes and the dictionary definition of "all over the place". But I personally love its ambition, madness, genius, dumbness, heart and soul. It drives me to tears. Every inch of it fills me with joy. Only 2020 album that has done that for me.
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Track List

  1. Farewell
  2. Trouble
  3. Earworm
  4. Crimson Star
  5. Kebran Gospel Gossip
  6. Remains
  7. Paul is 9ft Tall (Marsh Gas)
  8. Space Golf
  9. Time Party
  10. The Loch Ness Monster's Song
  11. Flickering Lights
  12. Bwganod
  13. Feral
  14. Skinny Dippers
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Added on: July 31, 2020