Daniel Caesar - Freudian
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2017 Ratings: #262 / 831
User Score
Based on 355 ratings
2017 Ratings: #142
Liked by 6 people
August 25, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Golden Child / Label
R&B / Genres
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It's a carefully created album rooted in classic gospel and R&B, and a revelation in a world of sludgy alt-R&B, an outlier among overtly soulless genre takes hailed as the next thing because no one knows any better.

NOW Magazine

It’s not an album of sweeping gestures, but rather an ambling, pleasant account of a 20-something falling in and out of love. It’s full of small moments, nuance and detail.


While he’s surely not the only contemporary R&B singer who grew up in the church, he doesn’t shy away from bringing the full range of his influences to his music. Caesar’s willingness to use all of the tools at his disposal—to explore his own id and superego right alongside love’s heaven and hell—elevates his craft.

The Needle Drop

Toronto R&B artist Daniel Caesar shows much songwriting potential on his debut album.


Caesar's sound still prompts a mix of comparisons and distinctions: Frank Ocean with concision, Miguel without sleaze, a less extroverted BJ the Chicago Kid, a sanctified (if still occasionally expletive) Internet. Factor all of that in, and there's still a uniqueness to Freudian.

can't relate since I'm single and have no sex life, the music is nice tho
Daniel Caesar, aka Ashton Simmonds, is a guy who grew up without a crime or gang story, he was singing gospel, he was going to church and he was falling in love. From these affective relationships was born "Freudian". A sweet, warm, sensitive, deep and heavenly debut album. A pretty evangelist voice, powerful chords, neo-soul arrangements, a rhythmic R&B: everything is there to describe Daniel's Freudian daily life. Because it is about his life, which is described in this album. ... read more
The first time I heard this album it was Black Friday, I was in a Five Below.

(If anyone here has never had the pleasure of visiting a Five Below, it's like if corporate twitter tried to design a store around what they thought millennials liked. The stores walls are painted in phrases such as "YAAAAAAS" and "OMG SO COOL #SLAY!")

Now usually I would be miserable being in a crowded, fancied up dollar store. But, I decided to listen to this music to pass the time.

I don't ... read more
Keep an eye on him because I feel he will release something much stronger in the future.
pop-soul / R&B at a very high level. This genre is sometimes overcrowded with music that doesn't sound like it's there to stay but he may be an exception and I'll keep an eye on him.
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Track List

  1. Get You (feat. Kali Uchis)
  2. Best Part (feat. H.E.R.)
  3. Hold Me Down
  4. Neu Roses (Transgressor's Song)
  5. Loose
  6. We Find Love
  7. Blessed
  8. Take Me Away (feat. Syd)
  9. Transform (feat. Charlotte Day Wilson)
  10. Freudian
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Added on: August 21, 2017