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Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Mojo
    Jul 24, 2014
    80
    It's an intriguing new incarnation for Bauer: Om and pop. [Jul 2014, p.88]
  2. Jul 9, 2014
    80
    Mantras build and collapse on themselves, choruses rise and fall, and enveloping you with a rich seam of guitar pop.
  3. Q Magazine
    Jul 2, 2014
    80
    Stylish yet raw and angry yet enchanted, Bauer creates a smouldering album with a kooky heart. [Aug 2014, p.86]
  4. Uncut
    Jun 26, 2014
    80
    A cult classic in waiting. [Jul 2014, p.69]
  5. Giddily debunking sacred falsehoods with good, honest scepticism, Bauer’s raucous rebirth offers the best of both worlds: intrigue and instant reward for Walkmen doubters and acolytes alike.
  6. Jun 24, 2014
    75
    There’s a drifting, wandering quality to its 11 tracks. Liberation! is intrigued by various corners of belief, but keeps it at a smirking arm’s length.
  7. Jul 2, 2014
    74
    A dash of otherworldly sounds give the otherwise good album that extra oomph on tracks like “Istanbul Field” and “Philadelphia Raga,” but the album bleeds more indie-punk blood than anything else.
  8. Jun 25, 2014
    72
    Liberation! gives Bauer a voice, and the mystery of where he goes next is just as exciting for us as it is for him.
  9. Jun 25, 2014
    70
    Liberation! may not achieve its loftiest goals, but Bauer does manage to launch his solo career with talent and class.
  10. 70
    Bauer has been sitting on these feelings for over a decade, but he chose a great way to share them.
  11. Jun 23, 2014
    70
    Liberation! remains highly listenable and likeable, keeping its potentially edgy sentiments hidden just far enough behind Bauer's knack for penning memorable, evocative rock tunes.
  12. 70
    Delve into the lyrics a little deeper, particularly the title track, and it becomes even clearer that Bauer sees his old band's split as the first step towards spiritual enlightenment and finding certainty amid the chaos.
  13. 65
    The uneven narrative is often jarring, but as an attempt to put a modern spin on old-time rock and roll, Liberation! hits more than it misses.

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