Daniel Caesar - Freudian
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2017 Ratings: #233 / 725
Year End Rank: #50
User Score
Based on 261 ratings
2017 Ratings: #135
August 25, 2017 / Release Date
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Golden Child / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

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.

80
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.

73
Pitchfork

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.

70
The Needle Drop

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

70
AllMusic

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.

WhatTheFunk
77
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
MySoftBulletin
76
can't relate since I'm single and have no sex life, the music is nice tho
Toasterqueen12
93
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
TreyLikesBands
72
Good

Daniel Caesar sings of emotional hardships and lost love on his strong-willed debut 'Freudian'. The album has an all-encompassing vibe that could only be perceived in a chill, beach-side tiki bar (?what am I saying?uknowwhatimsayin).

Color: Orange
FAV TRACKS: We Find Love, Get You, Neu Roses (Transgressor's Song), Take Me Away
LEAST FAV: Hold Me Down
lemuriams
82
Keep an eye on him because I feel he will release something much stronger in the future.
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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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