Free Dimensional - Diamond Rings
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Dec 4, 2012
    80
    He sparkles on his own. [No. 93, p.53]
  2. It's shiny but fluffy, and sure to be a disappointment to those hoping that O'Regan could build on the promise of Special Affectations.
  3. Nov 15, 2012
    60
    The production is much bigger, and his songwriting more assertive and hook-heavy. Unfortunately, the awkward charm and intimacy of his early efforts are missed.
  4. Nov 9, 2012
    62
    White-hot electro-effects romp through New Order–meets–G-funk dance beats while Diamond Rings' seductive baritone harmonizes scandals of unrequited love and ambivalent liaisons
  5. Nov 7, 2012
    80
    It's the fact that the album emerges from these lacunae, between mainstream electro-pop and DIY indie, between declaration and uncertainty, between contemporary knowingness and a complete lack of irony, that imparts its own imperfect je ne sais quoi--and, paradoxically, the hooks don't hurt.
  6. Oct 30, 2012
    50
    It's both hip-hop fashionable and cheesy banal packed into one vibrant and romantic spree.
  7. Oct 30, 2012
    60
    These songs feel more accessible and much less significant. There are a few tracks here that reanimate that sense of excitement which permeated his previous record but they are few and far between.
  8. Oct 30, 2012
    80
    Free Dimensional lives up to its name by serving up lots of sparkling pop with depth as well as heart and brains.
  9. Oct 29, 2012
    58
    Free Dimensional feels like a sequel [to debut album, Special Affections], more professional, calculated, and occasionally satisfying, ultimately lacking the anything-goes magic that called for a sequel in the first place.
  10. Oct 24, 2012
    35
    If this somehow still manages to be the kind of thing that'll get you out on the dance floor, you still have to survive instrumentals that plod rather than thrill, songs that meander rather than aim, and a slew of lazy sing-speech.
  11. Oct 23, 2012
    80
    Free Dimensional is infectiously positive, building off of similar foundations as his previous tracks while boasting a fuller, more dynamic sound.
  12. Oct 23, 2012
    63
    Everything about Free Dimensional is cheesy--from the mousey bedroom beats to the predictable synth lines to O'Regan's (hard) Soft Cell vocal delivery to the awkward, bumbling raps. Regardless, several songs are stunning.
  13. Oct 23, 2012
    69
    The general focus and fulfillment of personal goals on the album is admirable, and the pop landscape is now a little stronger because of it.
  14. 50
    An un-ironic effort rooted in genuine curiosity of another era, but one that ultimately offers little that a dusty Madonna or Duran Duran compilation CD doesn't.
  15. Oct 23, 2012
    70
    Although the record could almost certainly be cut in half in order to make for one killer EP, the flashes of brilliance here are truly exceptional.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Nov 17, 2012
    8
    Yes, Free Dimensional is a whole lot more polished and well produced than Special Affections. It is still very fun and at some points, even introspective. Diamond Rings may at times, sing with less vulnerability and emotions but the tunes are hook-laden and produced with an eighties touch. Lyrically, the album is not as deep as Special Affections and at times, quite comical - one two, love you, three four five love you more... While I was not too sure about his rapping on two songs, it was nonetheless brave attempts. Enjoy this and not get so serious. Full Review »
  2. Oct 31, 2012
    9
    fantastic indie-pop follow up to his debut album. love so many different tracks, always hard to pick a favorite but Runaway Love and Day & Night stand out lately. Full Review »