Freetown Sound

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Freetown Sound
Freetown Sound Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released28 June 2016 (2016-06-28)
Recorded2014–16
Genre
Length58:40
LabelDomino
Producer
Blood Orange chronology
Cupid Deluxe
(2013)
Freetown Sound
(2016)
Negro Swan
(2018)
Singles from Freetown Sound
  1. "Hadron Collider"
    Released: 11 January 2016[1]

Freetown Sound is the third album by Dev Hynes recording as Blood Orange.[2] It was released on 28 June 2016, three days before its originally announced release date of 1 July 2016.[3] The album contains guest appearances by Empress Of, Debbie Harry, Nelly Furtado, and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Production[edit]

Freetown Sound takes its name from Freetown, Sierra Leone, where Hynes' father was born. The album features Carly Rae Jepsen, Zuri Marley, Debbie Harry, Nelly Furtado, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, slam poet Ashlee Haze, and others.[3][4] When he first announced the album's release on Instagram, Hynes wrote that the album was intended for those who had been told they were "not black enough, too black, too queer, not queer the right way."[4]

Promotion[edit]

The track "Hadron Collider", featuring Nelly Furtado, was released only as a cassette tape on 12 December 2015, and sold exclusively at his shows at the Apollo Theater in New York City. A music video for "Augustine" was released on 28 June 2016, accompanying the release of the album. A video for "I Know" was released on 28 October 2016, followed by a video for "Better Than Me", featuring Carly Rae Jepsen, on 16 December 2016. On 24 March 2017, a music video/short film for the tracks "With Him", "Best To You", and "Better Numb" was released exclusively on the music streaming service TIDAL. The video also features Empress Of, appearing on behalf of her vocals on "Best To You".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic82/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[6]
The A.V. ClubA[7]
The Guardian3/5 stars[8]
The Independent3/5 stars[9]
NME4/5[10]
Pitchfork8.8/10[11]
Q4/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[13]
Spin8/10[2]
Vice (Expert Witness)A−[14]

The album was released to high critical acclaim and positive reviews. Writing for Exclaim!, Stephen Carlick praised the album, calling it "Hynes at his best, mixing his best songwriting and production yet to powerful, purposeful effect."[15]

The album was shortlisted by IMPALA (The Independent Music Companies Association) for the Album of the Year Award 2016, which rewards on a yearly basis the best album released on an independent European label.[16]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
Consequence of Sound Top 50 Albums of 2016 2016
14
The Guardian The Best Albums of 2016 2016
23
Paste The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
18
The Quietus Albums of the Year 2016 2016
31
The Skinny Top 50 Albums of 2016 2016
16
Noisey The Best 100 Albums of 2016 2016
16
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
14

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."By Ourselves"2:12
2."Augustine"Hynes3:51
3."Chance"Hynes2:49
4."Best to You"3:46
5."With Him"
  • Hynes
  • Beatriz De Rijke
1:25
6."E.V.P."5:44
7."Love Ya"Eddy Grant2:48
8."But You"Hynes3:01
9."Desirée"3:01
10."Hands Up"Hynes4:09
11."Hadron Collider"3:44
12."Squash Squash"
  • Hynes
  • De Rijke
3:37
13."Juicy 1-4"Hynes4:36
14."Better Than Me"Hynes3:17
15."Thank You"
3:04
16."I Know"Hynes4:35
17."Better Numb"Hynes3:01

Sample credits

  • "By Ourselves" contains samples from "Myself When I Am Real" written by Charles Mingus and the poem "For Colored Women" by Ashlee Haze.
  • "E.V.P" contains samples from "Chief Inspector" written by Wally Badarou from his "Echoes" album.
  • "Love Ya" contains samples from an interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  • "Desirée" contains samples from the 1990 documentary film Paris Is Burning.
  • "Hands Up" contains samples from an interview with Vince Staples.
  • "Thank You" contains samples from "Stakes is High" by De La Soul.

Personnel[edit]

  • Devonte Hynesvocals (tracks 1-14, 16, 17), keyboards (tracks 1, 4-10), piano (tracks 7, 8, 11-16), bass (tracks 2-4, 6, 8-16), drums (tracks 2, 4, 6-8, 10-16), synths (tracks 2, 3, 11-14, 16), drum machine (tracks 2, 4, 11-14, 16), guitar (tracks 2, 6, 8, 10, 14, 16), cello (tracks 1, 4, 6, 11, 12), drum programming (tracks 3, 6, 8), scratching (3, 6, 12), percussion (track 9), vox (track 15), EWI (track 15), Juno (track 17); arrangement (track 7), vocal arrangements (track 11); production, engineering (tracks 1-8, 10-17), mixing (track 9); booklet photos
  • Jason Acre – saxophone (tracks 1, 3, 5-7, 15); saxophone arrangements (tracks 1, 7)
  • Adam Bainbridge – drums, sampling (track 15) production (track 15); end arrangement (track 1)
  • BEA1991 – vocals (tracks 5, 6, 12)
  • Mikaelin 'Blue' Bluespruce – additional vocal engineering (tracks 1-4, 8, 10, 14), mixing (tracks 1-8, 10-17)
  • Dave Cooley – additional live engineering (tracks 6, 13)
  • Matthew Cooper – design
  • Bryndon Cook – vocals (tracks 8, 10, 14)
  • Christopher Egan – drums (tracks 6, 13)
  • David Ginyard – bass (tracks 6, 13)
  • Debbie Harry – vocals (track 6)
  • Nick Harwood – booklet photo
  • Nelly Furtado – vocals (track 11); vocal arrangements (track 11)
  • Ian Isiah – vocals (tracks 1, 2)
  • Joseph of Mercury – vocal arrangements (track 11)
  • John Kirby – keyboards (tracks 6, 13)
  • Caleb Laven – additional engineering (tracks 4, 6, 16)
  • Kelsey Lu – vocals (track 3); organisation of tracks idea (track 17)
  • Aaron Maine – third chord suggestion in hook (track 2); acoustic guitar (track 17)
  • Benjamin Morsberger – guitar (track 6)
  • Zuri Marley – vocals (track 7)
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – vocals (track 14)
  • Ava Raiin – vocals (tracks 1, 2, 13, 15)
  • Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – engineering (track 9)
  • Lorely Rodriguez – vocals (track 4)
  • Paul J Street – design
  • Patrick Wimberly – drums, percussion, bass (track 9); production (track 9)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[25] 78
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[26] 125
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[27] 81
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[28] 10
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[29] 23
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 88
UK Albums (OCC)[31] 154
US Billboard 200[32] 159
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[33] 10

References[edit]

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