I Will Set You Free

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Mar 6, 2012
    90
    Tunes that are both brainy and catchy, full of life.
  2. Apr 6, 2012
    80
    Barry Adamson, formerly of Magazine and The Bad Seeds, has released his most commercial-friendly album to date.
  3. Uncut
    Feb 14, 2012
    80
    The songwriting is always of a high quality. [Mar 2012, p.79]
  4. 80
    The arrangements on Barry Adamson's latest album seem more restrained than usual, his jazz-noir ambitions trimmed to a blues-funk palette of bass and drum grooves carrying Hammond organ or piano parts, with just the occasional solo horn part.
  5. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    I Will Set You Free is the sound of Adamson's liberation as a songwriter, producer, and arranger.
  6. Feb 23, 2012
    70
    By letting a few slivers of sunlight in and slightly loosening his tie, Adamson has effortlessly moved his songs into a different area while still keeping proceedings going at the slickest of clips.
  7. Mojo
    Feb 27, 2012
    60
    There's more down the line, heart-on-the-sleeve songcraft secreted, near-guiltily, in the album's latter half. [Mar 2012, p.99]
  8. Feb 23, 2012
    60
    There's much substance with the employment of piano, organ, synthesiser, guitar and horn solos, but the actual song structures and vocal performances don't share this same level of achievement.
  9. Q Magazine
    Feb 15, 2012
    60
    All over the place, he takes you along for an engaging ride. [Feb 2012, p.97]
  10. Feb 15, 2012
    60
    While the lyrics at times retain the smarts and wicked humor that we've come to both revel in and expect, the romantic ballads more than flirt with cliché.
  11. Feb 14, 2012
    60
    Not all of it works, but enough of that which is tried comes off to make it an interesting addition to a substantial career.
  12. 50
    Barry Adamson's I Will Set You Free is a mixed bag if there ever was one.
  13. Mar 21, 2012
    40
    It'd make great music for a trendy lounge bar hoping to give off an edgy vibe.

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