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Fidlar - Almost Free (2019) Published: January 25/19 Released: January 25/19 albumAlternative13 Tracks • 41 Minutes
TRACKWAVE SCORE
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78%
    SELECTED LINE: Creatively, ‘Almost Free’ is basically an algorithmic word generator of one night stands and substance abuse. -Loud And Quiet
    Almost Free is the third studio album by Fidlar, released by FIDLAR on January 25, 2019.
    Preview
    1. Get Off My Rock3:17FIDLAR
    2. Can’t You See2:58FIDLAR
    3. By Myself3:34FIDLAR
    4. Flake3:47FIDLAR
    5. Alcohol3:16FIDLAR
    6. Almost Free2:15FIDLAR
    7. Scam Likely3:04FIDLAR
    8. Called You Twice (feat. K.Flay)4:23FIDLAR
    9. Nuke0:38FIDLAR
    10. Too Real4:05FIDLAR
    11. Kick3:11FIDLAR
    12. Thought. Mouth.3:37FIDLAR
    13. Good Times Are Over3:39FIDLAR
℗ 2019 Mom+Pop Under Exclusive License from FIDLAR, a California Partnership
Critic Reviews (32)

They’ve made a record that captures the tumult of feeling displaced, without abandoning the hyped-up spirit that made them such a spectacle during their party-animal days.

65% 2 weeks ago


Almost Free stands head and shoulders above everything they’ve ever done in terms of sheer entertainment value.

80% 2 weeks ago

The Soundboard The Soundboard

At times cutting loose with only guitars, as in the sublime Alcohol, Fidlar have retained their clever punk pop feel and yet have also taken brave risks.

90% 2 weeks ago

NARC Magazine NARC Magazine

Every time a band tries to innovate, the guesswork is how it will turn out, but FIDLAR does it successfully.

70% 2 weeks ago

Dansende Beren Dansende Beren

Even with the band’s steps in the right direction, Almost Free only gets almost there as an overall good record.

60% 2 weeks ago

Earbuddy Earbuddy

The record clings on for dear life as the band are tossed this way and that.

2 weeks ago

Upset (UK) Upset (UK)

A record that sees them take a gamble and emerge more solid than ever.

90% 2 weeks ago

MYSTIC SONS MYSTIC SONS

They may not be as stripped down as in their previous records, but Almost Free shows that FIDLAR are still loud, evocative and ready to party.

75% 2 weeks ago

PureGrainAudio.com PureGrainAudio.com

While FIDLAR benefit from cleaned-up production, the hit-or-miss, albeit courageous, tracklist is indicative of a band that’s still workshopping their sound.

71% 2 weeks ago

Paste Magazine Paste Magazine

What helps make "Almost Free" from being more than just a basic pivot to the beaten path of blues rock are the other displays of the band expanding their sonic repertoire, utilizing more instruments and experimenting with genre fusions.

70% 3 weeks ago

Ultimate Guitar Ultimate Guitar

This record is some of Max’s most enjoyable, immediate stuff yet, and we’re lucky to be getting songs like these after all he’s been through — especially since it may be the very last time we hear from Say Anything.

3 weeks ago

BrooklynVegan BrooklynVegan

Almost Free is a FIDLAR album - brash, unhinged, wild, a tad nonsensical, but most of all, a testament to their nature.

75% 3 weeks ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit

The band has managed to remain true to their reckless anthemic roots while expanding into tongue-in-cheek social criticism and experimental instrumentation.

80% 3 weeks ago

The Spill Magazine (CA) The Spill Magazine (CA)

The beauty of Almost Free is the underlying honesty that exudes from each riff and lyric.

3 weeks ago

Glide Magazine Glide Magazine

Almost Free does have its loud moments, but the majority of songs are actually very tame.

3 weeks ago

SLUGMag SLUGMag

The result is a scattershot collection that just doesn't hang together very well.

50% 3 weeks ago

AllMusic AllMusic

There are moments where gusto, melody and thunderous guitar riffs meet to powerful effect but there are some tired moments to wade through to get there. [Feb 2019, p.27]

60% 3 weeks ago

Uncut Uncut

Stuffed with fizzing hooks and brilliantly frank lyrics, ‘Almost Free’ could be FIDLAR’s best record yet.

80% 3 weeks ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

Like nothing you’ve ever heard, but somehow comfortably familiar, ‘Almost Free’ is a piece of art to be admired.

90% 3 weeks ago

Already Heard Already Heard

It’s vulgar, provocative, and carefree, but still stays true to their core, which is why this record tops all previous releases.

90% 3 weeks ago

New Noise Magazine New Noise Magazine

It’s the enthusiasm and boundless energy that FIDLAR present these genre-bending behemoths that makes them work, and work wonderfully.

100% 3 weeks ago

DIY Magazine DIY Magazine

Making a starkly different-sounding record is a creative gamble, but FIDLAR rolled their dice and made off well.

75% 3 weeks ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

Simply put, Almost Free is their most complete record yet and is an honest raucous journey into the peaking lifestyle that the band leads and the heavy troughs that they can find themselves in.

76% 3 weeks ago

Far Out Magazine (UK) Far Out Magazine (UK)

'Almost Free' is a mixed bag, but when FIDLAR are good, they are still very good indeed.

80% 3 weeks ago

Dork Dork

Almost Free finds FIDLAR, the SoCal corporate-punks that at one point made endearing and charming pop-punk, ripping off Beastie Boys' worst tendencies and creative scapegoats.

30% 3 weeks ago

Under The Radar Under The Radar

You really won’t hear another record quite like this in 2019.

100% 3 weeks ago


Almost Free is FIDLAR’s most interesting album to date, marrying Kuehn and Carper’s myriad influences—from psych rock to the Beastie Boys—and covering some heavy topics, including gentrification, relationships, sobriety, and politics.

3 weeks ago

FLOOD Magazine FLOOD Magazine

These tongue and cheek collection of songs definitely have some catchy guitar rhythms but that’s about all the album really offers.

70% 3 weeks ago

Hysteria Mag Hysteria Mag

Through the 13 tracks they explore their most creative urges, blending the incredibly modern production techniques with a respect for their roots that serves as a beautifully self aware homage to their idols.

90% 3 weeks ago

GIGWISE (UK) GIGWISE (UK)

FIDLAR excel at keeping listeners on their toes and it’s this skill that will keep us coming back for more.

3 weeks ago

STACK STACK

FIDLAR may have tagged their third LP as ‘Almost Free’ but based on the hit and miss sonics and lyrics, I’d say ‘Not Quite There’ would be more apt.

65% 3 weeks ago

Northern Transmissions Northern Transmissions

Creatively, ‘Almost Free’ is basically an algorithmic word generator of one night stands and substance abuse.

10% 3 weeks ago

Loud And Quiet Loud And Quiet
User Reviews (5)

Deeeke1 month ago
Haven't heard enough to rate I just wanted to point out that Eugene Orr's review is premature, short sighted, and he is a tool.

Zasbuddah1 month ago
Can’t Wait

Yuh It’s good I guess

Eugene Orr1 month ago
Mellowing down and it is not good, too poppy, bands tend to lose their edge as they age and this record is a perfect example, take more risks or disband!

SROYL3 weeks ago
If you love Fidlar, give em a chance! First - These guys have put out two great albums, and at least two great EPs... let's wait for the whole album to come out tomorrow. Second - Some of the songs released so far are a bit more melodic that past albums --- that doesn't make them bad. Sometimes a bit less screeching vocals can help. Third - Do you really want bands to essentially pump out the same album over again? Let em grow
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