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Free Spirit

Khalid

Free Spirit

Second full-length release from the Texas R&B artist with guest appearances from John Mayer and SAFE

ADM rating[?]

5.2

Label
Columbia
UK Release date
05/04/2019
US Release date
05/04/2019
  1. 6.0 |   The Independent

    US singer’s new album follows the same formula as his debut, and pitches his voice at the sweet spot between pleasure and pain
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  2. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    An R&B innovator wonders what it all means on the follow-up to his great debut
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  3. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    His weary tones help to create a late-night atmosphere across his own material. Songs blur into one another. Little leaps out. As mood-setting background music it works, but he can offer something more captivating than this
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  4. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    Free Spirit is Khalid's coming-of-age story: it's well-constructed, but already feels too predictable at this point
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  5. 6.0 |   music OMH

    Free Spirit is a patchy album from an artist who is perfectly capable of delivering nifty falsetto lines and smooth come-ons, but who is also far too predisposed to sloppy downtempo numbers
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  6. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album feels more like an American Eagle ad than a documentation of an authentic transformational experience
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  7. 6.0 |   The Observer

    At 17 tracks, the album feels long, but at its best, Free Spirit finds Khalid soaring closer to becoming pop’s next big star
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  8. 5.8 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The crooner stumbles as he tries to balance playing superstar and just being himself
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  9. 4.7 |   Pitchfork

    The second album from the historically inoffensive singer is another genreless collection of safe choices for a pop star in the making
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  10. 4.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Free Spirit indicates that the music industry has sucked the life out of Khalid
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  11. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    Free Spirit looks bound to be a hit – there’s currently too much momentum behind Khalid’s career for any other outcome – but it’s hard to escape the feeling that something of his originality has been lost en route
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  12. 4.0 |   NME

    The R&B star's second album is glued up with a contrived sense of seriousness. He might be a more mature songwriter now, but that doesn't mean he's a whole lot of fun
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  13. 4.0 |   The FT

    Free Spirit showcases an impressive talent, but its songs need more grounding
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