Free Somehow - Widespread Panic
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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. It's certainly their most adventuresome, but overdone production touches from Terry Manning (ZZ Top, Al Green), who brings horns and an orchestra into the mix, blur some material.
  4. Stylistically and harmonically, Free Somehow is a departure from Widespread Panic’s recognizable sanguine Southern rock.
  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. Free Somehow has its moments, but as ever, there's something missing. [May 2008, p.141]
  7. Free Somehow sounds like what happens when ­wizened road warriors hit the studio begrudgingly.

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