Freedom of Speech

  • Record Label: Big Dada
  • Release Date: Feb 21, 2012
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Mojo
    Feb 27, 2012
    80
    From the get-go Freedom Of Speech takes no prisoners. [Mar 2012, p.93]
  2. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    Her flow is rock-solid but nimble and complex and apparently effortless despite the weird and shifting beats.
  3. Feb 13, 2012
    80
    Her debut promised much; Freedom Of Speech sees Speech Debelle delivering on that promise.
  4. Feb 13, 2012
    80
    Social commentary ('Blaze Up A Fire'), emotional nudity ('Elephant') and confessional bravery ('Angel Wings') illuminate a warm, honest album.
  5. 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.
  6. Feb 15, 2012
    70
    Armed with rich, booming backdrops, live analogue beats and rising string flourishes, she works the ever-awkward business of injecting nods to the sensitive and self-referential expertly, her words coming across more contemplative than indulgently pious... A solid return.
  7. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    Freedom of Speech is clearly political, standing up to hardships of the modern world, tackling issues in a very mature way with intelligent and insightful lyrics.
  8. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    As a work of art, it's sometimes sketchy, always pleasant and gentle, often uplifting, skilled and technically confident. As a statement, it's a bold one.

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