Freedom of Speech - Speech Debelle
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  • Summary: This is the follow-up to her 2009 Mercury Music Prize-winning self-titled debut album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    From the get-go Freedom Of Speech takes no prisoners. [Mar 2012, p.93]
  2. Feb 13, 2012
    80
    Debelle is not always easy company and can veer into self-absorption, but the album is refreshingly outspoken and, with help from producer Kwes, musically daring.
  3. Feb 13, 2012
    80
    Her debut promised much; Freedom Of Speech sees Speech Debelle delivering on that promise.
  4. Smart, thoughtful lyrics about everything from iPods to the Arab Spring.
  5. Feb 21, 2012
    60
    [She] sticks to the formula of soft-spoken polemical raps and gritty lo-fi beats. [Mar 2012, p. 97]
  6. Feb 13, 2012
    60
    A pleasantly surprising, if patchy, return.
  7. Feb 23, 2012
    30
    Caught up in the importance of her themes, she loses sight of her music's ability to convey them.

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