Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Apr 16, 2013
    84
    The multiple guest stars on each and every one of these 14 tracks have been upgraded from the regional heroes found on 2009 Lazer debut Guns Don’t Kill People Lazers Do to bona fide industry studs on Free the Universe. Some might view this third-world talent invasion as a form of dancehall imperialism, but there is depth here, respect, knowledge and oodles of heart... and enough freaky fun to dagger 52 weekends away.
  2. Apr 16, 2013
    80
    Free the Universe is, after all, a party album, and by using an energetic mix of faces both famous and obscure, Diplo keeps his grungy dancehall rave running on all cylinders.
  3. Apr 15, 2013
    80
    Those who blew their minds and/or speakers pumping the project's 2009 debut will find it familiar ground, but how Free the Universe arguably tops Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do is with the meatier, more subdued cuts.
  4. Apr 11, 2013
    80
    Fronted by the blond, blue-eyed Diplo, the whiff of the ersatz may remain with Major Lazer, especially on a couple of overwhelmingly screamy EDM tracks, but it's the same man's ability to craft memorable modern pop that has kept this project interesting.
  5. May 3, 2013
    70
    This is wall-shaking club music for screaming crowds and vast towers of sub-bass. It’s hard to imagine listening to the whole thing end to end unless you were also working a case of beer at the same pace.
  6. Apr 25, 2013
    70
    It's all enjoyably preposterous. [Jun 2013, p.75]
  7. Apr 18, 2013
    70
    Recorded at Jamaica's Tuff Gong studios, the record's strongest asset is making things that shouldn't work together sound natural.
  8. Apr 16, 2013
    70
    It's less strictly Jamaican than Major Lazer's debut, connecting reggae's often-insular tradition to a wider world.
  9. 70
    It's eclectic, but the linking thread is insistent dancehall beats and a sense of dumb, colourful fun.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 18, 2013
    8
    Dancehall, reggae fusion, reggae, hip hop, electro house, daggering, Moombahton, Dutch house, it's all there in spirited zeal, continuingDancehall, reggae fusion, reggae, hip hop, electro house, daggering, Moombahton, Dutch house, it's all there in spirited zeal, continuing DJ/producer Diplo's brassy musical project in style. Full Review »