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Freedom
     

Freedom

4.5 6
by Akon
 

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Akon spun off two number one pop hits and one number two from Konvicted, so he couldn't be blamed for working the same tricks on his third album, yet Freedom is a major change of pace -- the kind of drastic switch-up that normally happens after reaching a creative and commercial dead-end. Hip-hop and

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Akon spun off two number one pop hits and one number two from Konvicted, so he couldn't be blamed for working the same tricks on his third album, yet Freedom is a major change of pace -- the kind of drastic switch-up that normally happens after reaching a creative and commercial dead-end. Hip-hop and R&B are all but scrapped entirely. The set instead is rooted in the gleaming synthesizers and spring-loaded dance beats of Euro-pop. (That slamming jail-cell door trademark, deployed as much as ever, doesn't quite have the same alarming effect.) Akon sounds more comfortable than expected, and he reduces the lechery in favor of longing ("I wanna make up right now") and awe ("When I see you, I run out of words to say"). At times, the tensionless backdrops don't inspire Akon to do much with his pen; the chorus of "Beautiful" is basically "You're so beautiful, so damn beautiful," while falling for a stripper in "Against the Grain" is conveyed with "The way she drop down won't allow me to close my drawers." Even so, there's much more charm here than expected.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Jody Rosen
Beneath the digital production and R2D2 vocals, Akon is secretly an old-fashioned romantic, and his third album is his most heart-on-sleeve.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/2008
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602517901414
catalogNumber:
001233402
Rank:
26168

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Akon   Primary Artist,Keyboards
Francesco Romano   Guitar
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam   Keyboards
Claude Kelly   Background Vocals
Giorgio Tuinfort   Keyboards
David Bal4   Keyboards
Kevin Hissink   Guitar
Detail   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Hakim Abdulsamad   Composer
J. Wesley   Composer
Francesco Romano   Composer
Akon   Programming,Audio Production
Joe Spix   Art Direction
Nico Solis   Engineer
Javier Valverde   Engineer
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam   Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer
T-Pain   Composer,Programming,Audio Production
Shanti Das   Marketing
Jason "Chyld" Kpana   Marketing
Claude Kelly   Arranger,Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer
Giorgio Tuinfort   Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Ray Lavender   Composer
RedOne   Composer,Audio Production
David Bal4   Composer
Mark Goodchild   Composer
Timothy Walls   Composer,Audio Production
Jaylien 2010   Audio Production
J. Harrow   Composer
Hakim   Audio Production
C. Colon   Composer
N. Fisher   Composer
Detail   Audio Production

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Freedom 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the beats all sound the same, Every song is different and really good. Highly recommended. Very relaxing. Awesome album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are so many future hits on this CD that its insane! Against the Grain, Im so Paid, Beautiful, Right Na Na Na, Troublemaker, and track 9 are so good that i know all the words! Seriously buy this cd and listen to it and all your problems will seem like they disappear!
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