Freeclouds

Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Nov 17, 2011
    83
    Tanton's strengths are his ear for hooks and his brassy vocals, which lift the choruses on Freeclouds to billowy levels of '70s radio-pop splendor.
  2. 80
    Even with such varied ideas, Tanton maintains a careful balance, resulting in a fully realized album.
  3. Dec 2, 2011
    80
    Freeclouds seems to be a culmination of many different ideas and styles all brought together in one album, and this diversity of sound is exactly what makes the album work so well.
  4. Nov 16, 2011
    80
    Freeclouds balances strummy, acoustic campfire sensitivity with sweeping, anthemic rock a la sometime tour mates in the War on Drugs, tipping both styles into wild, mildly psychotropic territories.
  5. Nov 16, 2011
    78
    Freeclouds channels a seesawing mix of Americana and psychedelic electronics.
  6. Under The Radar
    Dec 13, 2011
    70
    Freeclouds is a moody and earthen gem. [Oct 2011, p.108]
  7. Dec 8, 2011
    70
    All these twists and turns threaten to render Freeclouds a somewhat scattershot affair, but somehow Tanton manages to make it all cohere.
  8. Dec 5, 2011
    70
    Freeclouds is an impressive set start to finish, and one of the most satisfying pop records you're likely to hear this fall.
  9. Nov 16, 2011
    70
    Freeclouds has a little more up its sleeve than either a clear break from Tanton's past or a simple extension of it.
  10. Nov 16, 2011
    66
    Even with a few missteps, Tanton's put together a collection showing that he's capable of memorable work, and likely to produce more of it.
  11. Nov 18, 2011
    57
    It's not clear what Tanton wanted this album to be... It's a loose collection of whims and desires, unrolled over vast expanses of terrain that Tanton could survey for a while to see how they fit.
  12. Nov 16, 2011
    50
    Carter Tanton -- of the now-defunct Tulsa and still-thriving Lower Dens -- style-jumps so restlessly that his second solo disc sometimes feels like a multi-artist playlist rather than a one-man show.

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