Be Set Free - Langhorne Slim

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  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. Be Set Free isn't a game-changing album so much as it confirms that Langhorne Slim's talent can work within a wider framework than he's used in the past and still honor his gifts, and it's an impressive, pleasurable work.
  5. Be Set Free is the musical equivalent of a green bean casserole. It’s not going be anyone’s favorite dish at the table, but everyone, young and old, will want a second helping.
  6. 60
    An uneven listening experience, to put it mildly. [Feb 2010, p.90]
  7. 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.
  8. With a bevy of rhymes and metaphors straight out of Poetry 101, Slim leaves no romantic cliche unsung. [Fall 2009, p.72]
  9. These are mediocre, and sometimes painfully inept, approximations of classic lovelorn folk tunes. At a short 38 minutes, the times aren’t changin’ fast enough.
  10. 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]
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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. Full Review »