Freudian (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 25, 2017 (2017-08-25)
LabelGolden Child
Daniel Caesar chronology
Pilgrim's Paradise
Case Study 01
Singles from Freudian
  1. "Get You"
    Released: October 20, 2016
  2. "We Find Love" / "Blessed"
    Released: June 9, 2017
  3. "Best Part"
    Released: 2017

Freudian is the debut studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter Daniel Caesar. It was released independently on August 25, 2017 by Golden Child Recordings,[1] with distribution from TuneCore.[2] It includes guest appearances from Kali Uchis, H.E.R., Syd, Charlotte Day Wilson and Sean Leon. Production derives from Caesar, Matthew Burnett, Jordan Evans, BadBadNotGood, Alex Ernewein, Riley Bell and Jordon Manswell.[3][4] The album succeeds the 2015 EP Pilgrim's Paradise. The album was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B Album Category, alongside a nomination for Best R&B Performance with "Get You" at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, with "Best Part" with H.E.R. winning Best R&B Performance at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.[5]

The album was supported by the singles "Get You" featuring Kali Uchis and the double single "We Find Love" / "Blessed".[6][7]


The lead single "Get You" featuring Kali Uchis was released on October 20, 2016 for streaming and digital download.[6] The second single, "We Find Love" / "Blessed" was released on June 9, 2017.[7]


The album artwork features photography by creative directors Keavan Yazdani and Sean Brown. The photograph is Caesar climbing an incline on the Monument to 1300 Years of Bulgaria, Shumen.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[8]

Freudian received widespread acclaim from critics upon release. In a positive review, Briana Younger of Pitchfork complimented the gospel elements of the album, stating: "There’s much here that blends well into this 1990s-obsessed era, but Caesar’s gospel background is his not-so-secret weapon. While he’s surely not the only contemporary R&B singer who grew up in the church, he doesn’t shy away from bringing the full range of his influences to his music. Caesar’s willingness to use all of the tools at his disposal—to explore his own id and superego right alongside love’s heaven and hell—elevates his craft."[11]

Kevin Ritchie of Now commented that Freudian is "not an album of sweeping gestures, but rather an ambling, pleasant account of a 20-something falling in and out of love. It’s full of small moments, nuance and detail."[10] Ryan Patrick of Exclaim! praised the production and originality: "Freudian isn't about whatever's passing for the genre on streaming playlists, radio or video; it isn't even a throwback. It's a carefully created album rooted in classic gospel and R&B, and a revelation in a world of sludgy alt-R&B, an outlier among overtly soulless genre takes hailed as the next thing because no one knows any better."

Exclaim! ranked the album at number 5 on their "Top 10 Soul and R&B Albums of 2017".

The album was a shortlisted finalist for the 2018 Polaris Music Prize.[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

On September 1, 2017, Freudian entered the UK R&B Chart at number 15, while entering the UK Independent Chart at number 40.[13][14]

Track listing[edit]

1."Get You" (featuring Kali Uchis)
2."Best Part" (featuring H.E.R.)
  • Burnett
  • Evans
3."Hold Me Down"Caesar
  • Burnett
  • Evans
  • Alex Ernewein[a]
  • Riley Bell[a]
4."Neu Roses (Transgressor's Song)"Caesar
  • Burnett
  • Evans
6."We Find Love"Caesar
  • Burnett
  • Evans
  • Jordon Manswell[b]
  • Burnett
  • Evans
8."Take Me Away" (featuring Syd)
  • Burnett
  • Evans
  • Bell[a]
9."Transform" (featuring Charlotte Day Wilson)
  • Caesar
  • Charlotte Wilson
  • Burnett
  • Evans
  • Bell[a]
  • Ernewein[b]
  • Burnett
  • Evans
  • Bell[a]
Total length:44:47


  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.
  • ^[b] signifies a co-producer.
  • "Hold Me Down" features additional vocals by Cadaro Tribe.
  • "Neu Roses (Transgressor's Song)" and "Loose" feature additional vocals by Nevon Sinclair.
  • "Freudian" features additional vocals by Sean Leon.

Sample credits

  • "Hold Me Down" contains an interpolation of "Hold Me Now", written and performed by Kirk Franklin.
  • "We Find Love" contains an interpolation of "We Fall Down", written by Kyle David Matthews and performed by Donnie McClurkin.


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Freudian[4] and Daniel Caesar's Instagram.[15]

  • Alex Ernewein – producer
  • Angelika Heim – legal
  • Anthony Osei – publicity
  • BadBadNotGood – additional music
  • C.J. Mairs – additional music
  • Cadaro Tribe – additional vocals
  • Calvin Hartwick – engineer
  • Charlotte Day Wilson – featured artist, engineer
  • Eric Lachance – packaging design
  • Eric Stenman – engineer
  • Ethan Ashby – engineer
  • H.E.R. – featured artist
  • Jeremy Nichols – engineer
  • John Ingram – legal
  • Jordan Evans – producer, executive producer, engineer, A&R, management
  • Jordon Manswell – producer
  • Kali Uchis – featured artist
  • Keavan Yazdani – artwork
  • Ian Culley – additional music
  • Matthew Burnett – producer, executive producer, A&R, management
  • Nevon Sinclair – additional vocals
  • Riley Bell – producer, engineer
  • Sean Barrow – additional music
  • Sean Leon – additional vocals
  • Steve Henry – additional music
  • Sean Brown – artwork
  • Syd – featured artist, engineer
  • Wesley Allen – additional music



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[22] Gold 40,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[23] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


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  3. ^ "Daniel Caesar – Freudian". HotNewHipHop. August 25, 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Freudian (Media notes). Daniel Caesar. Golden Child Recordings. 2017.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ "Daniel Caesar | Artist |". Grammy Awards. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Get You (feat. Kali Uchis) – Single by Daniel Caesar on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "We Find Love – Single by Daniel Caesar on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  8. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Freudian – Daniel Caesar". AllMusic. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  9. ^ Patrick, Ryan (August 26, 2017). "Daniel Caesar: Freudian". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Ritchie, Kevin (August 16, 2017). "Daniel Caesar's Freudian is a case study in strength-in-vulnerability". Now. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Younger, Briana (August 26, 2017). "Daniel Caesar: Freudian". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  12. ^ "Polaris Music Prize Reveals 2018 Short List". Exclaim!, July 17, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  15. ^ "Daniel Caesar (@danielcaesar) · Instagram photos and videos". Instagram. August 25, 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  16. ^ " – Daniel Caesar – Freudian" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  17. ^ "Daniel Caesar Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  18. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 4, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  19. ^ "Daniel Caesar Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  20. ^ "Daniel Caesar Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  21. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  22. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Daniel Caesar – Freudian". Music Canada.
  23. ^ "American album certifications – Daniel Caesar – Freudian". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.