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  • Summary: The latest release for the Canadian singer-songwriter was recorded on four-track Tascam cassette recorder.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
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  1. Dec 10, 2018
    80
    Romano has always been a tough artist to pigeonhole, but there's a feeling here of having shed a few more layers and dug a little deeper into his psyche, and the results are frequently exhilarating.
  2. Dec 10, 2018
    70
    Throughout the record, Romano truly embraces mysticism in his lyrics, and throws the idea of form and structure out to sea. It can be overwrought at times, as Romano stretches the seams of certain songs with oft impenetrable lyrics and perhaps a surplus of instrumentation.
  3. 70
    While Finally Free has a handful of songs that are excellent and some that are simply okay, the vexing dilemma points back to Romano himself. It’s as though he isn’t quite sure the direction to take and that hesitance alone is off putting.
  4. Uncut
    Jan 2, 2019
    60
    A strange, untethered creation. ... But when Romano Keeps it simple, he's terrific. [Feb 2019, p.32]
  5. Dec 10, 2018
    59
    Sometimes Romano manages to pull off an unexpected success: a repeating thinly strummed acoustic guitar chord and quavering vocals at the start of “Empty Husk” eventually build to a catharsis of overdriven electric guitars and a vibrant melody. More often, though, these tunes just idle.
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  1. Dec 12, 2018
    8
    I've gotta say something about the first two songs, but what? Some kind of magical - faerie? - flow that hits me in several relevantI've gotta say something about the first two songs, but what? Some kind of magical - faerie? - flow that hits me in several relevant now-spots! the balance of the album I need more time with, but Empty Husks and All the Reaching Trims are high rotation in my mind and heart Expand