Free Somehow

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  • Summary: The 10th album for the Georgia jam band is the first featuring new guitarist Jimmy Herring.
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  1. While its upbeat rockers add a welcome sense of urgency, Free Somehow is most interesting when it is slow, pensive and bleak.
  2. Although Free Somehow doesn't reach the energy level of Widespread Panic's best live performances, with Herring in place, the band has certainly rediscovered its musical roots.
  3. Herring's fluid performances are as tight as an extra-small Phish T-shirt on a fat roadie, even if some tracks make for better six-string showcases than others. [15 Feb 2007, p.67]
  4. Free Somehow has its moments, but as ever, there's something missing. [May 2008, p.141]
  5. So while Free Somehow can't quite rival the energy of a Widespread show, it still offers something that those concerts cannot, making the album a worthwhile purchase for most dedicated fans.
  6. Stylistically and harmonically, Free Somehow is a departure from Widespread Panic’s recognizable sanguine Southern rock.
  7. Free Somehow sounds like what happens when ­wizened road warriors hit the studio begrudgingly.

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  1. JeffM.
    Feb 16, 2008
    9
    Dark Day Program is beautiful. A different song than I have ever heard from Panic. The CD is a roller coaster ride.