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. Oct 22, 2010
    Yikes! Akon was always good, but this album is pretty awesome even for him. Almost every song is well writen and runs to a catchy tune. Keep it up, Kon! Expand
  2. Mar 7, 2013
    It has nice soundsbut Akon misses the point in the creation of most of these songs.
  3. Apr 27, 2014
    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 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

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