• Record Label: Omnivore
  • Release Date: Jan 10, 2012
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. May 31, 2012
    90
    These cuts are glorious on their own merits. [Jun 2012, p.92]
  2. Apr 6, 2012
    90
    Free Again: The 1970 Sessions shows Chilton working in top form in a wide variety of genres; it's as good as anything Chilton recorded-including his Big Star albums.
  3. Mar 28, 2012
    90
    Sure, it's messy, but Alex Chilton always was--it's also some of his richest and best music, and it's never sounded better than it does on Free Again: The 1970 Sessions.
  4. 80
    These sessions are a timely reminder of the musician and the man Chilton wanted to become: the musician who would provide us a sense of magic through a lifetime of perseverance.
  5. Mar 28, 2012
    78
    it's more like an endpoint for devoted fans looking to connect the dots. As such, it provides a fascinating coming-of-age story of an artist who came into his own playing styles he knew he loved and others he only thought he hated.
  6. Mar 28, 2012
    70
    Despite it's somewhat all-over-the-place vibe, Free Again is a terrific document of Chilton, free again after The Box Tops and on the road to bigger and better.
  7. Mar 28, 2012
    70
    Free Again finds Chilton, not yet 20, in fast bloom.
  8. Mar 28, 2012
    63
    The tracks are re-released here, along with some extras, and mostly betray a songwriter still finding his own voice.
  9. Mar 28, 2012
    60
    Big Star was more than the sum of its parts, and as evidenced here, Chilton was only just beginning to mine his.

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