Free Your Mind - Cut Copy
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  • Summary: Inspired by the Summer of Loves (1967 in San Francisco and 1988-89 in the UK), the fourth full-length release for the Australian dance-rock quartet was mixed in New York by Dave Fridmann.
  • Record Label: Modular Recordings
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Alternative Dance
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Nov 1, 2013
    90
    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 1, 2013
    80
    Nearly every track is a highlight; these are accentuated by brief detours into psychedelic space.
  3. 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.
  4. Nov 6, 2013
    67
    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.
  5. Nov 4, 2013
    64
    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.
  6. Nov 8, 2013
    60
    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?
  7. Oct 31, 2013
    40
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Nov 7, 2013
    10
    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 Guetta..you 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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  2. Nov 12, 2013
    7
    has a Screamadelica vibe, has a Passion Pit vibe and has a corny pop vibe but I actually really enjoyed what resulted from the record, it's a record geared up for house parties Expand
  3. Nov 5, 2013
    5
    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................................................................................................. Collapse
  4. Nov 13, 2013
    4
    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. Expand
  5. Nov 5, 2013
    0
    What the hell man this is NOT good. From the crappy album art to the embarrassingly stupid lyrics this album is just a joke. Cannot believe what happened here. Two thumbs way down. Expand