Freeman (Freeman album)

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Freeman album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 22, 2014[1]
GenreAlternative rock, Indie rock, Pop rock
LabelPartisan Records
ProducerChris Shaw

Freeman is the eponymous debut studio album by American rock band Freeman.


Aaron Freeman left Ween in May 2012. He played shows both solo and accompanied by Joe Young from 2012-2014. After moving to Woodstock, New York and teaching at Paul Green's School of Rock, Freeman began working on material for a new album. He assembled musicians from the Brooklyn, New York area as well as North Carolina to record the album for Partisan Records. The new band, "Freeman" hit the road in July 2014 in support of the album. The live version of Freeman featured Joe Young on bass and Zach Tenorio-Miller on keyboards, along with Chris Boerner and Kyle Keegan, who played on the album. Freeman was produced by Chris Shaw who had previously produced Ween's White Pepper album.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars link
Consequence of SoundB[2]
Mojo4/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media6.5/10[5]

Freeman received generally favorable reviews from critics. AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote, "If anything, Freeman is a tighter record than McCartney -- it's not homemade, it's all complete songs -- but there's no denying it shares the same spirit; that it is the sound of breaking dawn of a new day."[7]

Track listing[edit]

1."Covert Discretion"4:54
2."The English and Western Stallion"3:18
3."(For a While) I Couldn't Play My Guitar Like a Man"4:45
4."El Shaddai"4:23
5."Black Bush"2:52
6."Gimme One More"4:54
7."More Than the World"3:02
8."All the Way to China"3:57
9."Golden Monkey"5:12
10."Delicate Green"4:24
11."There is a Form"3:09
12."I Know a Girl"2:08


Aaron Freeman - composer, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, synthesizer, primary artist
Dave Godowsky - co-composer (tracks 2 & 3), acoustic guitar, organ, piano, vocals
Chris Boerner - electric guitar
Brad Cook - bass
Kyle Keegan - percussion
Chris Shaw - producer, engineer
Marco Benevento - organ, piano, Wurlitzer
Tracy Bonham - vocals, violin
The Black Bush Boys - percussion
Greg Calbi - mastering
Paul Q. Kolderie - mixing
Nick LaVecchia - cover photo
Zeynep Sankaynagi - drawing


  1. ^ "Freeman - Partisan Records". Partisan Records. Retrieved 2015-01-08.
  2. ^ Comaratta, Len. "Freeman - Freeman". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
  3. ^ Sylvester, Daniel. "FREEMAN FREEMAN". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
  4. ^ "Reviews for Freeman by Freeman". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-01-08.
  5. ^ Harvey, Eric. "FREEMAN FREEMAN". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
  6. ^ Gehr, Richard. "On 'Freeman,' the Former Gene Ween Recovers More than Just His Name". Spin Magazine. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
  7. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Freeman". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-01-08.