Free the Universe

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. May 20, 2013
    60
    A relentlessly effervescent electro/dancehall mash-up. [Jun 2013, p.89]
  2. May 13, 2013
    60
    It's when Pentz dials it down that it gets interesting. [Jun 2013, p.101]
  3. Apr 25, 2013
    40
    Too bad the missteps and poorly executed collaborations stink badly enough to make the borderline stupid/genius party rockers get tainted by proximity.
  4. 60
    The inclusion of larger singles-moving, profit-generating artists leads to mixed results on Free The Universe.
  5. Apr 16, 2013
    57
    A no-brainer, easy-to-enjoy production slate gets knocked around by its flaws just enough that even the minor, acquired-taste touches seem like just another bad decision.
  6. Apr 15, 2013
    60
    Album number two ramps up the risibility factor even further and will make most sense at one of the group's barnstorming live shows.
  7. Apr 12, 2013
    60
    There’s enough inventive, Jamaican-inspired music on Free The Universe to make it worth hearing--but here’s hoping Diplo keeps things Kingston-centric again next time around.
  8. Apr 11, 2013
    60
    Major Lazer stands for firing on an all cylinders but doesn’t warn against the oomph taking leave of absence, though it does play off the shoulder of the first LP just lovely.
  9. Apr 11, 2013
    50
    There are the seeds of two worthwhile projects here, but no chance of them ever uniting under the Major Lazer banner.
  10. Apr 10, 2013
    60
    Free The Universe reeks of chasing the success of Baauer’s 'Harlem Shake'--shich, incidentally, came out on Diplo’s Mad Decent label--like a rabid dog. As such, it’s just another notch on macho rave’s bedpost.
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 »