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Khalid - Free Spirit (2019) Published: April 5/19 Released: April 5/19 albumR&B/Soul17 Tracks • 57 Minutes
TRACKWAVE SCORE
The percentage of professional music reviewers who liked this. Above 75% is gold. ?
38%
    SELECTED LINE: A contrived sense sentimentality glues up ‘Free Spirit’. -New Musical Express (NME)
    Free Spirit is the second studio album by Khalid, released by RCA Records from Sony Music Entertainment on April 5, 2019.
    Preview
    1. Intro3:32
    2. Bad Luck3:51
    3. My Bad2:43
    4. Better3:49
    5. Talk3:17
    6. Right Back3:35
    7. Don't Pretend (feat. Safe)2:45
    8. Paradise2:54
    9. Hundred4:37
    10. Outta My Head (with John Mayer)2:57
    11. Free Spirit3:02
    12. Twenty One3:04
    13. Bluffin'3:19
    14. Self3:49
    15. Alive2:57
    16. Heaven3:33
    17. Saturday Nights3:29
℗ 2019 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Critic Reviews (40)

Over the course of the album’s 17 tracks, Khalid waters down his influences into an ambiguously tepid concoction.

60% 9 months ago


Free Spirit offers what you’ve come to expect of the young artist.

80% 9 months ago

Beat Magazine Beat Magazine

Overall, every single song on this album is a masterpiece, and Khalid has proven himself to be an amazing songwriter.

9 months ago

Soundigest Soundigest

Free Spirit is everything we hoped for and more!

9 months ago

Her Campus Her Campus

It’s an understatement to call this disappointing.

40% 9 months ago

SpectrumCulture SpectrumCulture

Khalid’s attempts to reconcile talent and melancholy on this LP are compelling and emotional.

80% 9 months ago

Stereoboard (UK) Stereoboard (UK)

Khalid's sophomore album will get you in the mood for warm Summer nights and cross-country road trips.

9 months ago

POPSUGAR POPSUGAR

Free Spirit demonstrates that the silky, polished pop-R&B currently occupying charts and playlists has developed qualities in common with ‘70s L.A. soft-rock.

9 months ago

City Pages City Pages

The majority of the album sits within this dreamy and moody synth realm that is the perfect soundtrack to your late afternoon road trips or your early morning sunrises.

9 months ago

Thomas Bleach Thomas Bleach

An album that actually does not contain any outright misguides, but unfortunately too little that surprises or delights.

50% 9 months ago

humo (BE) humo (BE)

Just like waking up at dawn, you might find yourself wishing for more sleep, and nodding off.

40% 9 months ago

The Young Folks The Young Folks

No matter how diverse Free Spirit is in sound and guests, the output is always the same harmless, generic Khalid.

47% 9 months ago


Each aspect works together to give you a summer feel, regardless of the weather.

9 months ago

VULTUREHOUND MAG VULTUREHOUND MAG

The album feels more like an American Eagle ad than a documentation of an authentic transformational experience.

60% 9 months ago

Slant Magazine Slant Magazine

There’s a uniform quality to the way the textures blend into each other.

9 months ago

ABC Australia ABC Australia

Easy to forget, working far better as something interwoven through various playlists rather than as an appealing body of work in its own right.

50% 9 months ago

Highsnobiety Highsnobiety

Has Khalid Robinson already peaked?

60% 9 months ago

Exclaim Exclaim

Free Spirit is the perfect music for moody young adults crying in the club.

9 months ago

UPROXX UPROXX

On Free Spirit, Khalid sounds caught between wanting to play a superstar and wanting to be himself, with the result that he sounds like neither.

58% 9 months ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

Free Spirit is a patchy album.

60% 9 months ago

musicOMH.com musicOMH.com

Free Spirit makes for an engaging listen.

60% 9 months ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

It builds on what came before it and opens up new avenues for the artist to pursue in the future.

9 months ago

Vulture Vulture

He seems to be weighed down by something heavier.

60% 9 months ago

Evening Standard Evening Standard

Free Spirit showcases an impressive talent, but its songs need more grounding.

40% 9 months ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

A lot of the album sounds like something you’ve heard before.

9 months ago

British GQ British GQ

No longer surrounded by the fellow “young, dumb, and broke” high school pals of “American Teen,” Khalid must wade the machinations of his new world all on his own.

9 months ago


Over 17 echoey songs, Khalid approaches melodies with a moaning, slurring approach that doesn’t demonstrate any particular emotional state beyond a lack of commitment.

9 months ago


Growing up is hard to do. Free Spirit reminds us just how weird it can be.

60% 9 months ago


Free Spirit glides by soothingly without challenging its creator or his audience.

9 months ago


Free Spirit isn't some giant, groundbreaking leap forwards from his debut album.

9 months ago

hmv hmv

Seventeen tracks prove far too many.

40% 9 months ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

Neither last year’s Suncity EP nor this follow-up have anything as quotable as the debut, though, or much at all.

60% 9 months ago

Philly.com Philly.com

Little on Free Spirit stands out due to its wallpaper-esque sonic congruence.

58% 9 months ago

Entertainment Weekly Entertainment Weekly (TOP)

It might be time to hang up on Khalid.

9 months ago

Stereogum Stereogum

How do you remain #relatable when you live a life your fans can’t hope to #relate to?

40% 9 months ago


“Free Spirit” is a fuller, layered 17-track album of unrushed, somber pop from an artist extending his wings and proving why he’s one of the most exciting voices in music today.

9 months ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

A very credible record with no real mistakes – but no real personality, either.

60% 9 months ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

He doesn’t pretend to be a hero or an antihero — just a young man alone, trying to get through life with some honest grace.

9 months ago

The New York Times The New York Times (TOP)

Khalid establishes himself as one of music’s best new artists.

88% 9 months ago

Newsday Newsday

A contrived sense sentimentality glues up ‘Free Spirit’.

40% 9 months ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)
User Reviews (5)

Harmonytesta10 months ago
Khalid is truly amazing. He can sing. He is not talentless. He is amazing

SethJThomas9310 months ago
Can’t wait! Absolutely love this guy! I stay listening to Khalid and 6LACK

Lmsunshine60110 months ago
Khalid the amazing 🤩🤩🤩 I love him this album is about to Make summer incredible ❤️

reader31510 months ago
Amazing 5 star

So excited!!!! I can't wait to hear the full album. I already know I'm going to love it!!❤️❤️😭😭😭
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