Freedom of Speech

  • Record Label: Big Dada
  • Release Date: Feb 21, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Q Magazine
    Feb 21, 2012
    [She] sticks to the formula of soft-spoken polemical raps and gritty lo-fi beats. [Mar 2012, p. 97]
  2. Uncut
    Feb 13, 2012
    The odd gauche moment remains, but her plaudits are not undeserved. [Mar 2012, p.98]
  3. Feb 13, 2012
    A pleasantly surprising, if patchy, return.
  4. 60
    There are moments when her A-Level Debating Club earnestness gets the better of her, but there's still three quarters of a great album here.
  5. Smart, thoughtful lyrics about everything from iPods to the Arab Spring.
  6. Under The Radar
    Mar 22, 2012
    Debelle's sound loses a level of what made it so unique [in her debut] by moving from the jazzy, instrumental accompaniment to rapping over more digital beats. [Mar 2012, p.88]
  7. Feb 13, 2012
    Freedom of Speech shows that one of Britain's most intriguing hopes still has some serious thinking to do.
  8. 40
    Speech Debelle shows some welcome signs of maturity on this follow-up.

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