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Free Nationals

Free Nationals

Free Nationals

Debut album from the LA prog-soul quartet who are also Anderson .Paak’s live band

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  1. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    There’s an unhurried feel without their regular bandleader at the helm
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  2. 8.0 |   The Music

    The music rules the roost here - no egos, no over-complicated arrangements - so just shut up and groove
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Free Nationals says less about the band's identity than it does their taste, skill and curatorial clout. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    The 13-song tracklist reads and sounds like a contemporary music fan's wet dream: names like Chronixx, Syd (of the Internet), Kali Uchis, Daniel Caesar and the late Mac Miller bless the cuts
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  5. 7.3 |   Paste Magazine

    The rapper’s backing band flexes their versatile talents and fluid style on their first solo outing
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  6. 7.0 |   All Music

    Free Nationals sound most comfortable when they're either on their own or behind Paak on "Gidget," a sailing (not surfing) jam that drops anchor between Hiroshi Sato's "Say Goodbye" and Stevie Wonder's "Love Light in Flight"
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  7. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Through their brand of R&B, funk and soul, they nod to legends like Stevie Wonder, Parliament-Funkadelic, and others, while putting their own infectious, modern twist on it
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  8. 6.4 |   Pitchfork

    The funky retro-soul band aims to set itself apart from leader Anderson .Paak on a solo debut packed with guests, including Syd, Kali Uchi, and the late Mac Miller
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  9. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Everything here goes down so smoothly, it works as a mood piece, but you long for a sweaty workout
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  10. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The slinky, funky debut album by Anderson .Paak’s live band evokes gas-guzzling 70s cars with shag pile carpets
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