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  • Summary: The latest release from the Jamaican dub reggae artist features production from by Groovematist, IAmPhloboi, Spacewave and Subatomic Sound System.
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  1. Sep 23, 2016
    70
    Not an essential Scratch album, but it still has plenty of inspired moments.
  2. Sep 23, 2016
    60
    While there's room to reflect on things like dynamics and vocal mixing (Perry's ancient cackle sometimes gets blurred, patios aside), and while Perry is one of the best mixologists in history, Must Be Free is not his best.
  3. Uncut
    Sep 23, 2016
    60
    No-one would argue this is the equal of his '70s production heyday, but he remains indefatigable in his energies. [Nov 2016, p.35]
  4. Mojo
    Sep 27, 2016
    60
    The pleasantly chaotic backdrop is heavy on analogue synths and vintage space echo, and though far from the reggae idiom, Perry is at home warbling his curses and magic spells in multi-tracked triplicate. [Nov 2016, p.93]
  5. Nov 9, 2016
    60
    While the visual presentation is a bit workaday and some of the chosen musical styles already outmoded (dubstep already being ancient history), the tracks work just fine, bristling with multi-layered mystical gibbering.
  6. Sep 23, 2016
    40
    One for the fanatical only.