Be Set Free - Langhorne Slim
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  • Summary: The latest album for the singer-songwriter was produced by the Decemberists' Chris Funk.
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. On Be Set Free, Langhorne Slim perfectly captures the lyrical simplicity of bygone times with straightforward lines like, “I don’t want to break your heart, but I probably will.”
  2. 80
    Lyricwise everything is simple, ready for sing-along consumption and sometimes you can almost visualise that bouncing ball heading a long the bottom of some YouTube screen. [Feb 2010, p. 95]
  3. In its lack of cleverness, the album has a certain wide-eyed innocence, and even the songs about hangovers show a generous perspective on life, of which music critics could do well to take note.
  4. 60
    Slim aims for the gut but usually ends up hitting the hips; either way, his relentlessly cloying lyrics ensure that Be Set Free is more suitable for soundtracks and square dances than headphones.
  5. 60
    An uneven listening experience, to put it mildly. [Feb 2010, p.90]
  6. While his fourth album shows he has learnt his way around a reasonable tune - opener Back To The Wild has a distinctive grace - his lyrics can descend into trite cliche or inane observation ("Time it goes on/Life it goes by", "you'd love to pretend you were right/But you're wrong") [Feb 2010, p. 108]
  7. With a bevy of rhymes and metaphors straight out of Poetry 101, Slim leaves no romantic cliche unsung. [Fall 2009, p.72]

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  1. EricS.
    Jan 25, 2010
    My friend told me about this album, and he knows his stuff like no other. Listened to it and love it. Not quite as talented as the Avett brothers, but being 2nd to them is not bad. Good album. Liked his last one better. Expand