Freedom - Akon
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  • Summary: The third album for the Grammy-winning singer/producer features guest appearances by Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Young Jeezy, and Wyclef Jean.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. This tuneful, seemingly effortless set of sun-kissed pop reminds you why he's in so much demand.
  2. Akon's undeniable gift for hooks makes this an easy listen, and the ex-con posturing isn't missed.
  3. While 'Troublemaker' and 'Holla Holla' each sound a lot like prior Akon songs (the former like Kardinal Offishall's 'Dangerous,' the latter like '07's Akon/T-Pain pairing 'Bartender'), ultimately they're highlights for that very reason.
  4. Despite his hip-hop roots and the presence of guest rappers such as Lil Wayne, it's Akon's buoyant pop sensibility that prevails.
  5. 50
    On album three, he tests out heartbreak, and his emotional wiring doesn’t cooperate.
  6. Freedom is mostly lame club tunes with mega-auto-tuned vocals about wishing "I could just stop by and lay by your side."
  7. Unfortunately, all this really means is an extra emphasis on weirdly pitched keyboard riffs and slightly dated sounding beats.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Tyrone
    Dec 2, 2008
    10
    His best album ever. The critics are haters.
  2. seanw.
    Dec 12, 2008
    10
    Absolutely amazing album his best yet.
  3. JeyC
    Dec 22, 2008
    10
    This record entails some of the best work akon has ever done. Mixture of melodious tones, catchy words and phrases, explains why the man is This record entails some of the best work akon has ever done. Mixture of melodious tones, catchy words and phrases, explains why the man is in demand. Expand
  4. RobbieD
    Dec 3, 2008
    8
    I honestly rate this a 7.5 good album but I dont see any club hits on here. Where's the party music that we know akon for (other then I honestly rate this a 7.5 good album but I dont see any club hits on here. Where's the party music that we know akon for (other then right na na na). Expand
  5. Apr 27, 2014
    5
    I have always been a fan of Akon. I think "Konvicted" was one of the best albums of 2006. "Freedom" however took a couple of steps back forI have always been a fan of Akon. I think "Konvicted" was one of the best albums of 2006. "Freedom" however took a couple of steps back for me. There are some decent songs on here like "I'm So Paid" and "Right Now" but for every decent song there's a crappy one like "Holla Holla" and "Over the Edge". Okay album but could have been alot better. Expand
  6. Mar 7, 2013
    5
    It has nice soundsbut Akon misses the point in the creation of most of these songs.
  7. Anth
    Jan 6, 2009
    0
    I'm betting that every vote that put this album in a positive light came from American. I apologize for stereotyping but please, 8.8 out I'm betting that every vote that put this album in a positive light came from American. I apologize for stereotyping but please, 8.8 out 10 average rating?? every track on this album is horrendous! the lyrics are almost childlike, and I'm sick to death of hearing this auto-tune effect done to disguise talentless artists' poor vocals rather than as a creative tool..! "i never wanna see you cry, cry, cry/ and I'll never ever tell a lie, lie, lie." ...sickening. Expand

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