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Amen Dunes


Fifth album, and third on Sacred Bones, from the NYC indie rock band led by Damon McMahon

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  1. 10.0 |   NME

    A grand, pop-rock masterpiece
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  2. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    McMahon examines masculinity, vulnerability and how cultural consumption converges with personal demons, and it has resulted in an album of immense integrity, defiance and beauty
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Each song reads like old scriptures invigorated with elements of '80s rock and pop sensibilities, written and produced with the impact of every story top-of-mind
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  4. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Damon McMahon isn’t young or angry any more, he’s become the guiding light that the angry young man of his early work always needed
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  5. 8.6 |   Pitchfork

    His euphoric breakthrough. Everything feels silvery and romantic, like a hallucination of the classic-rock songbook
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  6. 8.2 |   Paste Magazine

    Even when he was obscured by the hiss and echo of his lo-fi beginnings, McMahon had the look of a fascinating songwriter. Freedom bears that out
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  7. 8.0 |   All Music

    McMahon's richest album yet, as well as his most accessible -- as the sound and scope of his music grows, so does its humanity
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  8. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Upbeat, urbanised alt. folk and groovy pastoral soul. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Blue Rose dresses Greenwich Village rock in Fleetwood Mac silk. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Q

    McMahon has found new ways to expand his wild-eyed sound. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Affectionally chronicles the human condition with candor and open-hearted curiosity
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  12. 8.0 |   Clash

    An enormous leap forward, ‘Freedom’ finds Amen Dunes grappling with his abilities, with the passing of the time; a superb record, it’s one that deserves the widest possible audience
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  13. 7.5 |   The 405

    Uncovering Freedom’s details is a process that most albums reject in favor of brevity. In contrast, McMahon’s record here is a more challenging listen than most, but you won’t know it at first
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  14. 7.4 |   Gig Soup

    Amen Dunes' latest effort won't appeal to everyone but its hypnotic arrangements are irresistible. Admittedly, one yearns for a modicum of direction after wandering aimlessly through the album, but McMahon seems to trust listeners enough to let them roam freely and discover whatever they may find
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  15. 7.3 |   Earbuddy

    Serious, thoughtful, and challenging
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  16. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Cosmic tilts and baggy beats
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  17. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Freedom is not a “challenging” listen, but choruses or hummable melodies are few; rather, the album progresses at a loping, steady pace, as if somehow delivered by natural rhythm
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