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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Los Angeles-based punk band features a guest appearance from K. Flay and was produced by Ricky Reed.
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  • Record Label: Mom + Pop Music
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Punk, Lo-Fi, Garage Rock Revival
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Jan 25, 2019
    100
    Highlight ‘By Myself’ sings of relapsing after getting sober, but is set over a simply joyous ska-tinged musical romp - musical and lyrical contradictions are all over Almost Free, but it gains its power from dancing through the hard times with a massive grin on your face. The musical experimentation of the record continues throughout.
  2. Jan 24, 2019
    100
    Freewheeling spirit and casual non-sequiturs are all over Almost Free, with a cornucopia of ‘anything goes’ creativity on offer, comprising flashes of hip-hop, glam rock, fuzzed-out funk, punk and everything in between. Yet not once does it sound contrived or anything but an album very much of the here and now. ... An absolute joy to behold. It’s a trip to listen to, and an instant modern classic.
  3. Q Magazine
    Feb 4, 2019
    80
    This enjoyably jumbled set could be their London Calling. [Mar 2019, p.115]
  4. Jan 28, 2019
    71
    While FIDLAR benefit from cleaned-up production, the hit-or-miss, albeit courageous, tracklist is indicative of a band that’s still workshopping their sound.
  5. Feb 1, 2019
    70
    FIDLAR have expanded their sonic palette on a record that seems destined to be appreciated more with time.
  6. Jan 31, 2019
    65
    They’ve made a record that captures the tumult of feeling displaced, without abandoning the hyped-up spirit that made them such a spectacle during their party-animal days.
  7. Jan 24, 2019
    30
    This bland, wishy-washy concoction of pop-rock FIDLAR half-assedly barfs up reflects the quartet of 30-something's own addictive tendencies; each watered-down attempt at a "genre-revival"-punk, in this case--falls victim to insipid rip-offs of their "punk" influences.

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  1. Feb 16, 2019
    5
    An enjoyable, yet forgettable album. The song writing, in my opinion, is the downfall for this album. It takes to many influences and copiesAn enjoyable, yet forgettable album. The song writing, in my opinion, is the downfall for this album. It takes to many influences and copies them to the tee. Still enjoyable, but sounds like everything I have ever heard before. Expand