13 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Quality takes time. Free Nationals, introduced to the world as Anderson .Paak’s backing band, had been telling media outlets they were putting the “finishing touches” on their debut album as far back as February 2018. Nearly two years later, the band delivers this self-titled debut, featuring songs as sharp and soulful as anything in .Paak’s catalog, plus a diverse array of guest voices. .Paak is, of course, present, supporting the gang on “Gidget,” but so are trap-music veteran turned outspoken social activist T.I. (“Cut Me a Break”), moody R&B antihero Syd (“Shibuya”), dancehall star Chronixx (“Eternal Light”), and Buffalo, New York-orginating Gambino rap traditionalists Westside Gunn and Conway (“The Rivington”), among plenty of others. The tie that binds is the funky and freewheeling Free Nationals sound, full of arrangements able to float the kinds of voices that have themselves impacted so many worlds. Hear it in full on the instrumental track “Lester Diamond,” a chance for the album to emphasize exactly who the Free Nationals are—some cats who can really play.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Quality takes time. Free Nationals, introduced to the world as Anderson .Paak’s backing band, had been telling media outlets they were putting the “finishing touches” on their debut album as far back as February 2018. Nearly two years later, the band delivers this self-titled debut, featuring songs as sharp and soulful as anything in .Paak’s catalog, plus a diverse array of guest voices. .Paak is, of course, present, supporting the gang on “Gidget,” but so are trap-music veteran turned outspoken social activist T.I. (“Cut Me a Break”), moody R&B antihero Syd (“Shibuya”), dancehall star Chronixx (“Eternal Light”), and Buffalo, New York-orginating Gambino rap traditionalists Westside Gunn and Conway (“The Rivington”), among plenty of others. The tie that binds is the funky and freewheeling Free Nationals sound, full of arrangements able to float the kinds of voices that have themselves impacted so many worlds. Hear it in full on the instrumental track “Lester Diamond,” a chance for the album to emphasize exactly who the Free Nationals are—some cats who can really play.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

da_beast_12 ,

🔥

every single song released so for has been nothing but heat. bout to be a classic album

Alexxxxx Prestonnnn ,

Yess

This hits great, thank you

EDCKMHBNERV/LKMRGV ,

BEST BAND AROUND!!

This ALBUM iS ALBUM OF THE YEAR! BEST MUSICIANS AROUND!GENIUS.....THEY PLAY IT ALL!!! UNBEILEVABLE RECORD TOP TO BOTTOM!

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