Free Your Mind - Cut Copy

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Nov 1, 2013
    Free Your Mind won't surpass Screamadelica on any lists--it's far too much indebted to both that record and era--but you'll have a difficult time finding an album in 2013 that's as utterly energizing and sublime as this.
  2. Nov 5, 2013
    Remarkably devoid of pretensions, Free Your Mind is a dance record boiled down to its most essential, body-shaking elements, and the purest distillation of Cut Copy’s music and their ethos yet.
  3. Nov 8, 2013
    It’s good to have them back.
  4. 80
    Though the tracklist looks like a normal-length album, in the end there are only nine real songs to take in, and they are easily unified by the musical choices Cut Copy has made.
  5. Nov 7, 2013
    Free Your Mind is ego-free party music that will fit comfortably onto a variety of dance floors.
  6. Nov 4, 2013
    Cut Copy may have left behind the monochromatic brilliance of their early work, but the explosion of colors they've added like Jackson Pollock on a bender has only made their growth more interesting and enriching.
  7. Nov 1, 2013
    Nearly every track is a highlight; these are accentuated by brief detours into psychedelic space.
  8. 75
    The only issue is that some tracks are slightly overlong, and the trio of short interludes feel unnecessary--threatening to pull you out of the moment and stifle the gradually escalating sense of euphoria. This is a small complaint, however, given the consistently infectious hooks and melodies, and the manner in which it brilliantly and wistfully evokes rose-tinted memories of the lost Golden Age of dance.
  9. Nov 20, 2013
    Perhaps less instantly gratifying than the shimmering ‘Zonoscope’, Free Your Mind is nevertheless a great time that provides additional rewards for those willing to disentangle its layered arrangements.
  10. Nov 4, 2013
    A few too many tone-shifting interludes slow down momentum, but “Free Your Mind,” “We Are Explorers,” and “In Memory Capsule” in particular are a welcoming embrace into a sea of moving bodies and blinking lights that extends as far as the eye can see.
  11. Oct 31, 2013
    Free Your Mind, looks to the two summers of love--psychedelia in 1967 and rave in '89--for inspiration and is mixed by Tame Impala's guru Dave Fridmann, yet its tasteful blend of chugging acid and euphoric choruses means it resembles an elaborate Screamadelica pastiche. [Dec 2013, p.66]
  12. 70
    It’s nothing new, but it is fun.
  13. Oct 31, 2013
    Cut Copy may not hit the same cloud-bursting heights as a masterpiece like Primal Scream's Screamadelica did, but their attempt still provides devilish delights. [Dec 2013, p.94]
  14. Nov 6, 2013
    Penultimate track “Walking In The Sky” would have been a satisfying closer, but the hazy “Mantra” makes the record land with a thud instead of a bang. Nixing these tracks would have made Free Your Mind a taut, focused effort instead of the distracted, occasionally brilliant record that it is.
  15. 65
    Ultimately, it’s a hypnotic and intermittently enjoyable experience, which whilst a little overextended and at times as shallow as the music it pastiches, marks a convincing enough return for Cut Copy.
  16. Nov 8, 2013
    Groundbreaking, this ain’t. But then again, are you trying to raze a barn or get your groove on? Album-specific flourishes don’t surprise.
  17. Nov 4, 2013
    Free Your Mind manages to be Cut Copy's most homogenous and it's most "message-based" record yet, and in doing little other than turning on, tuning in and dropping out, there’s precious little separating it from the vapid electro-pop to which Cut Copy used to be an alternative.
  18. Nov 22, 2013
    It's time for Cut Copy to free its own mind too. [Dec 2013, p.89]
  19. Nov 18, 2013
    The result is that you're having fun--on tracks like the stellar title-track and the popping candy overload of 'Let Me Show You Love' you can't help it--but increasingly it feels hollow... almost kitsch, and deep down you know that you, and the band, can really do better.
  20. Nov 8, 2013
    Like most earnest attempts to reimagine the past, it’s an entertaining indulgence. One that exists to stave off the nagging question: what comes next?
  21. Nov 1, 2013
    It's a 'take it or leave it' kind of record, but invest in Cut Copy's deranged aims and it'll feel like being part of a free-spirited cult.
  22. Nov 11, 2013
    While their venture into psychedelia was a failed experiment, everything about Free Your Mind, from its title to its monotonous songs, is undeniably lazy.
  23. Nov 4, 2013
    Considering their rather straightforward musical blueprint, every Cut Copy album is a bit of a recycle job, but Free Your Mind seems excessively so, almost to the point of motorized lifelessness.
  24. Nov 6, 2013
    The major misstep on Free Your Mind is eschewing those decent lyrical impulses in favor of rather limp and unaccomplished (and repeated!) inanities such as “free your mind” and “shine on,” phrases that should be confined, respectively, to the lexicons of aging hippies and Roger Waters.
  25. Nov 5, 2013
    The record is so one-note it makes its predecessor sound like an entire season at the London Philharmonic.
  26. Oct 31, 2013
    Without the trippy grit you're left in a happy hippy wonderland, conscious that the melodies are thin, the lyrics trite ("You've got to live your life today, tomorrow is a world away") and the composite elements dully familiar.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Nov 5, 2013
    It's all just a bit bizarre. 90s cheese-rave. Somewhere between Ace Of Base and James Blake. Doesn't sound like the band we know and love. Just odd................................................................................................. Full Review »
  2. Nov 7, 2013
    This album is filled to the brim with Madchester-style goodness. Imagine if someone invited New Order, The Orb, KLF, Happy Mondays, and Primal Scream to their house and threw one hell of a party. The 808 State birds I especially enjoyed. This is the sort of music I remember from when I first fell in love with electronic music, before EDM was reduced to vapid electro four on the floor goo for the masses. [I'm looking at you Calvin Harris and David ruined music!]

    Meet Me In A House Of Love is the BEST song on the album and possibly the greatest song they have written to date. Corner of the Sky and So Haunted being tied for second.
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  3. Nov 13, 2013
    The album is clearly influenced by 90s dance music. While that can generally be considered a good thing, it's not in Cut Copy's case. Aside from very few good tracks, the album isn't what i expected after their brilliant 2011 outing, Zonoscope. Full Review »