Actual Life (April 14 – December 17 2020)

Fred Again.. - Actual Life (April 14 – December 17 2020)
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
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Based on 39 ratings
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April 16, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
again.. / Label
UK Bass / Genres
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Fred Again… - Actual Life (April 14 - December 17 2020)

Genre: Electro Pop
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 63% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 122th / 343

Highlight: Marea (We’ve Lost Dancing)

Made me think of:
The 1975
Mura Masa
While I do like the fact that Fred Again uses samples from day to day life and makes them music, the music itself is generic and boring.
The premise of this debut LP from the UK Bass producer, Fred Again is quite endearing. Fred wanted to create a diary-like journey through his cotidian as he crafts heart-felt melodies using vocals & samples from colleagues like Dermot Kennedy, The Blessed Madonna and Julia Michaels. I sincerely admire the very heartwarming optimism which radiates through this distinctly "quarantine" album. I just wish the music was as memorable and impactful...

Even if you don't know Fred Again, ... read more
Well this was disappointing, Fred again… has dropped several bangers in the run-up to this album and I really hoped that he would be able to string that together into a cohesive, emotive and riveting album. Instead, this comes off as an indirect, messy project where the impacts of each individual track are neutered by an unevolving palette and the album’s style as a whole. The entire project is taken from random samples of people singing on social media, sampling them, and turning ... read more
Generic soulless warm dance inspired music. I’m not going to deny that the grooves are catchy and enjoyable, or that the artist is talented, but the vague repeated vocal samples in the first half feel so unimportant to the artist. And makes for a pretty cringy combination that is ‘justified’ by tiny slightly more personal interludes. It did get better in the 2nd half where there were more introspective songs. You can tell that this project was made in lockdown, it has that ... read more
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Track List

  1. April 14th 2020
  2. Kyle (I Found You)
  3. Dermot (See Yourself In My Eyes)
  4. Yasminah (See Your Face Again)
  5. Hackney (Interlude)
  6. Julia (Deep Diving)
  7. Adam (Interlude)
  8. Me (Heavy)
  9. Big Hen (Steal My Joy)
  10. Marnie (Wish I Had U)
  11. Sabrina (I Am A Party)
  12. Lydia (Please Make It Better)
  13. Carlos (Make It Thru)
  14. Angie (Interlude)
  15. Angie (I’ve Been Lost)
  16. December 17th 2020
  17. Marea (We’ve Lost Dancing)

Added on: April 12, 2021