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  • Summary: The debut full-length album for the Philadelphia band produced by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy shows influences of 1970's rock music.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
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  1. For a debut album oozing with influences, Stuck on Nothing is doubly impressive in the way that it not only makes a definitive mission statement for a truly exciting new band but also manages to keep such a strong sense of itself in spite of itself.
  2. Everything pops, but the gloss never makes the songs here feel processed or too glossy. It simply fits them well. And the songs are strong, too.
  3. This is a fun summer record, and just as bitter and conflicted as any fun summer record could be. There is still an art to misanthropy, and Free Energy has it down to a science.
  4. Stuck on Nothing opens strong, closes strong, and the intermediate tracks are interesting enough to maintain interest. Free Energy haven’t created anything cataclysmically new, but they have created an entirely likable pop album.
  5. The Philly quintet futz with Seventies rock like gearheads restoring an old El Camino.
  6. Stuck on Nothing works well as a no-nonsense party album, but Free Energy shows tremendous promise on this debut.
  7. The rest of the album, which was produced by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, never quite lives up to that early peak.

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  1. Sep 30, 2010
    10
    One of the best albums of the year, hands down. Glad to hear bands coming out like this that can play their instruments, and form creative,One of the best albums of the year, hands down. Glad to hear bands coming out like this that can play their instruments, and form creative, listenable material. Collapse