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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the Boston band was recorded in Nashville with Dan Knobler.
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  • Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Genre(s): R&B, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Retro-Soul
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  1. May 7, 2018
    80
    Maximizing that powerful female energy is Tennessee-raised lead singer Rachael Price, whose dusky, highly resonant vocals, reminiscent of Dusty Springfield, ground the album with a warm virtuosity. It also doesn't hurt that Kearney, guitarist Mike Olson, drummer Mike Calabrese, and touring keyboardist Akie Bermiss frame her in earthy, organic arrangements with a tactile, live-in-the-studio feel.
  2. May 7, 2018
    70
    The sound and the playing are crisp and lean, with sharp lines drawn between the guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums in a way that keeps them distinct. It also sometimes keeps them frustratingly distanced from one another, as the otherwise pleasantly groovy “Red Light Kisses” and “Baby Don’t Leave Me Alone With My Thoughts” echo the coolly dispassionate jazz-funk lite of the ’70s and ’80s.
  3. May 7, 2018
    60
    It's expertly-crafted and likable, but rarely as gripping as its models.
  4. 60
    While the playing remains somewhat generic and you can’t imagine the group without Price fronting it, Free Yourself Up refines and defines Lake Street Dive’s accessible, retro-leaning, radio-friendly pop aesthetic.
  5. Mojo
    May 7, 2018
    60
    The group's double-messages coalesce most finely on the few occasions they pause for ballads, like th aching I Can Change. But the nostalgic melodicism, and relentless pep, of the rest will thrill even those who miss what lies below. [Jun 2018, p.91]
  6. Uncut
    May 11, 2018
    60
    Magpies, for sure--but rather brilliant ones. [Jun 2018, p.30]
  7. May 14, 2018
    50
    At times it feels like an album with no real purpose other than to be heard and then forgotten. Few tracks jump out as being memorable. A more driven focus upon one element of their sound could have led to a far greater album, or could have at least tested the waters in terms of what they might achieve further down the line.
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