Free Time

Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
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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. 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.
  4. Jul 19, 2011
    70
    It is at times a little too simplistic, and you have to be in the right mood to accept songs about cakes, capybara and economic meltdown. However, when the world starts to look too serious, spending your free time in the day-glo world of Shonen Knife can only lift the spirits.
  5. 70
    As ever, the all-female pop-punk trio finds its inspiration in the seemingly mundane.
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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). Full Review »