Free Time

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  • Band members: Ritsuko
  • Summary: The Japanese trio releases its latest album of punk rock music.
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  1. Jul 19, 2011
    80
    Free Time improves when the band tones down the simpers and demonstrate the lessons of 30-odd years of playing as a touring punk band.
  2. Jul 19, 2011
    71
    Shonen Knife can do a lot of things, but country music apparently isn't one of them. Where some may revel in how they don't fuck with the formula that's persisted over their extensive career, others will reach for fan favorite Let's Knife (1992) or save their money; that economic crisis Yamano maybe sings about is still happening, you know.
  3. 70
    As ever, the all-female pop-punk trio finds its inspiration in the seemingly mundane.
  4. Jul 19, 2011
    70
    Free Time is not unlike Mondo Bizarro or Animal Boy; not exactly a late-career triumph, but evidence that the band can go through the paces with skill and commitment, and if this isn't likely to make anyone a convert, longtime fans won't walk away disappointed.
  5. Uncut
    Jul 28, 2011
    60
    The pleasant surprise on their 15th album is how proficient they've become, without surrendering their innocence along the way. [Aug 2011, p.98]
  6. Mojo
    Aug 26, 2011
    60
    Reliably familiar punk pop by enduring Japanese trio. [Sept. 2011, p. 96]
  7. Q Magazine
    Aug 8, 2011
    60
    Osaka pop-punk veterans release their 17th record. [Aug. 2011, p. 126]

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  1. Jun 27, 2012
    7
    Good album by always-dependable Shonen Knife. Quirky songwriting and solid J-Pop/punk beats as only these ladies can provide. Not theirGood album by always-dependable Shonen Knife. Quirky songwriting and solid J-Pop/punk beats as only these ladies can provide. Not their strongest album, but not weak by any means (Shonen Knife has no weak albums). Expand