Refused   Freedom
2.9
good
Release Date: 06/2015
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3.0 goodComatorium. | June 22nd 15

Before the shit storm of ridiculous low ratings begin flowing in because this isnt the The Shape of Punk rthat Came, I feel the need rto give my two cents. Album is an absolute blast from start to finish and is definitely one of the most fun rand outright weird albums to grace my rspeakers this summer. Experimentation is present in abundance and more often than not the groups age rand expertise lead to rsuccessful songs that toy with a lot of genres and ideas. The album is gonna get ripped to shreds critically, rbut then again so did rTSOPTC when it came out. Im just gonna be over here jamming the shit out of Freedom and enjoying the rfact that a new Refused ralbum exists in 2015.

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1.5 very poorHep Kat | April 27th 15

moar liek refused are fucking poo

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3.5 greatJared Floryan | April 27th 15

To say that everyone and their rebellious grandma were anticipating the newest Refused album is an understatement. This influential punk band hailing all the way from Sweden built themselves a grand legacy with The Shape of Punk to Come, a record that had a craving for some mature eclecticism with a side order of angry, but also unyielding craftsmanship; need I say more about it? To no one's surprise, the rest of what made up the new noises' discography couldn't quite match up to the offering in terms of both musical quality and especially the oh so tempting recognition. After well over a decade, Refused have now made a comeback of sorts. Enter Freedom, which is - to say the least - certainly the band's most polarizing effort thus far. Hype backlash as well as a violent disagreement between two parties aside, it's actually an overall solid recording worthy of bearing that grower status. Barring the unnecessary "Francafrique", just about every track here is fine and (in certain cases) intriguing enough to grab one's feeble little mind and shake it a bit. The album could've turned out a lot worse and I'm kinda relieved that Freedom didn't.

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3.5 greatStrizzMatik | April 27th 15

After almost twenty years of inactivity, what should
we have expected from Refused in 2015? If anything
Freedom is completely left-field and
shamelessly weird, catchy, dissonant and
experimental, throwing genres together with little
regard to the rulebook, and somehow it works just
fine while standing on it's own feet as a singular
listening experience. It's no Shape, in fact
it goes out of its way to not be, as much as
possible - and really stands out as it's own beast.
Many old fans are going to absolutely hate this,
guaranteed - those who can look past the jarring
musical shift in gears will have a deliciously weird
and high quality Refused album in 2015. Welcome
back boys.


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0.0 johnnydeking29 | April 27th 15

Let's have some bold statements for what promises to be the most alright album of 2015. Imminent
3.


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0.0 Necrotica | June 13th 15

"Refused Are Fuckin' Dead"

Judging by the singles, that's a self-fulfilling prophecy


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3.0 goodFreddieDelaney31 | April 27th 15

Amongst claims of creative stagnation and boring songwriting as a result of Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl and crew throw quite the curveball, opting to record a hardcore punk album. This being the Foo's first attempt at the genre, it surely isn't the shape of punk to come, with mostly painfully obvious and trite lyricism and a muddled understanding of what will and won't work within the confines of a punk album. However, that's to be expected of newcomers to the punk genre and it's not quite the disaster most were expecting! 3.3/5

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0.0 jagride | April 27th 15

play the new song over your youtube mma training montage it'll be sick

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0.0 mazalthan | April 27th 15

How the hell is this actually happening?... Expectations indescribable.

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0.0 zxlkho | April 27th 15

REFUSED AREN'T FUCKIN DEAD

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2.0 poorCygnatti | June 23rd 15

refused becomes decent alt metal/hard rock band with shitty lyrics. why did this happen?

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2.5 averageArtuma | June 12th 15

hook, line and stinker.

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0.0 Brendan Schroer | June 23rd 15

I'd rather fuck the Wicked Witch of the West than listen to this album again. Refused really are fuckin' dead

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2.5 averageSonofSnow | June 22nd 15

Album re-titled to "Hopefully (Not) The Shape of Punk to Come"

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2.0 poorBMDrummer | August 16th 15

"great words won't cover up the actions."

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2.0 poorAndy H. B. | June 25th 15

i never liked this band that much, i don't like them even more now

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4.5 superbMattGandee | June 24th 15

While I realise that many people loved The Shape of Punk to Come for its relentless ferocity, it seems quite a few people are forgetting just how experimental that album actually was. Things like the jazzier musical elements, the use of samples, etc. were all unprecedented within the genre at the time of its release. I can't say Refused fail recapture the aggression that had previously defined them, because they're not even trying to do so. They're doing something completely different here - combining elements of their older material with a wide variety of other genres and influences, creating something that is not quite like anything I've ever heard before. And, in my opinion, that's a great thing. It's thrilling to me when a band experiments and tries something different, and the genre-hopping present in most of the songs here consistently surprised me and kept me on my toes. I suppose backlash was inevitable with a band of such stature putting out their first new album in 17 years - had they not changed their sound at all, you'd likely have people calling the album derivative and criticising the band for playing it safe. But Refused were a band well ahead of their time, and I dare say they remain as such. Will this album ever be able to claim the same legacy of The Shape of Punk to Come? No, of course not. That album is a landmark for the genre and then some. But I wouldn't be surprised if this new sound comes with a wave of imitators in the next 5-10 years. In the meantime, I've got a new Refused album to spin, and I couldn't be happier about it.

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1.0 awfulWhatsgood | June 23rd 15

Possibly the most disappointing album I've ever heard. Refused's attempts at experimentalism and restraint
come out sounding clumsy and overdrawn and yet even worse are their bouts of impotent rage. With the loss of
Jon Brannstrom, Refused has lost the dynamic guitar riffs and sample manipulation that made them special, and
traded them in for studio polish and inept blues riffs. (It sucks.)


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2.5 averagedimsim3478 | June 23rd 15

hey the guys from reel big fish are totally on this album

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2.0 poorhogan900 CONTRIBUTOR | June 2nd 15

Ouch.

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3.5 greatI II II L | May 26th 15

FREEDUMB

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2.5 averageG0atC0re | July 31st 15

Very confusing. Refused should have stayed dead. Way to almost ruin a legacy...

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3.0 goodthestop5 | July 16th 15

6.5/10

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1.0 awfulJazzHands333 | June 26th 15

Only "experimental" in the sense that it sounds different than their other stuff, in that it sounds bad. Overproduced to a pop punk sheen, missing the presence of Brannstrom, and full of awful middle-school-level lyrical politicking, Freedom is what happens when a massively influential and creative band returns and just ends up aping their legions of imitators. Worth listening for the laughs, though. "I've got a Dawkins cock for a god-shaped hole." or "Murder murder murder murder murder murder KILL KILL KILL" or "I'm all out of appeaaaaaaaaaaaaals" are my personal favorite gems.

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3.5 greatporcupinetheater | June 25th 15

It's a fun album. Not much more and nothing less. But seriously, Refused, shouting "God is dead!" stopped being edgy around 1882.

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2.5 averageLotusFlower | June 24th 15

It's not because Freedom isn't The Shape of Punk that Came, it's because it's pretty boring aside from a few fun stand outs.

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4.0 excellentDatsNotDaMetulz | June 24th 15

Fantastic album, pretty eclectic and just the band doing what they wanted. The strong presence of funk and blues music may be a bit jarring on first listen but it's a fun and enjoyable listen. These songs will translate well live.

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2.5 averageStallionMang | June 23rd 15

well at least they tried something new with this one. even if it only worked like 20% of the time.

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3.0 goodMomemik | June 16th 15

Let's be real for a second and not a whiney pussy who is crying about refused selling out or something... If you had seen them live lately you'd know that this is not the case and that they still got what it takes to be one of the finest bands out there! This is not going to be as Groundbreaking as 'the shape of punk to come' but if the Album is Anywhere near the fist single 'Elektra' it will kick some serious bud! So stoked!!!

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0.0 Feather | June 2nd 15

Refused should have stayed fucking dead

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4.0 excellentDeadwing42 | May 30th 15

Neither single overly impressive thus far. Bracing for a 3

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