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  • Audio CD (24 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Extra tracks, Special Edition
  • Label: INSIDE OUT
  • ASIN: B000F0UZZK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,080 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sure You Will
2. Free
3. Go (Subliminal Mix)
4. All Gone Now
5. Home Was Good
6. Bigger Wave
7. Kicking
8. Better
9. Simple Life
10. Once
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Osidea 9
2. Set It On Fire
3. Communicant
4. When You're Ready (Demo)
5. Remain Calm
6. Old War

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O.S.I. Free (Special Edition) 2CD

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE on 26 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the second release from this recording project of Jim Matheos from Fates Warning and Kevin Moore from Chroma Key. Whereas the first self-titled album was more varied in tone and texture, "Free" is more defined in its sound and has more of a band feel to it. The reaction to this album has been far more negative than the first was greeted with. I think the reason for this is the more direct approach of the music and the increased presence of Kevin Moore's vocals. Some find Moore's vocals very flat and monotone, but I think it fits perfectly with the very atmospheric music on show. The music itself is prog metal in essence, but there are lots of electronics and synths going on to give it a very edgy, modern sheen Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy is not so much in evidence here compared to the debut album, but his contributions are very welcome indeed, neatly set against the more programmed sounds set around him. With projects like this and on Neal Morse's albums he has shown himself to be a very adaptable and capable drummer.

The juxtaposition of Matheos's heavy guitars and Moore's synth work is the key to the success of this project and to its individuality and distinctiveness. Moore's bubbling synth work on "Kicking" is particularly gratifying. There is some good riffing from Matheos on the title track. But throughout this album the quality of the writing and playing is fairly consistent throughout.

This is not such an immediate listen as OSI's first outing, but repeated listens bring out the character of the album very well indeed. The extra disc with the Special Edition contains more experimentally based tracks, but these would have been worth including on the main album such is their quality. So a fine album indeed and one which sits quite nicely along with the likes of Porcupine Tree, Tool and Riverside. A more than worthy follow-up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alwyncooper on 6 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Firstly, If you have not heard OSI or Kevin Moore's solo work, Don't expect it to sound like Dream Theater - It doesn't.

Dream Theater uses complex rhythms and notation, but fairly uniform sounds which give the signature DT sound.
OSI is quite simple in actual content but very complex in layering of effects and use of types of differing types of sound (Timbre).

If you like Nine Inch Nails, Porcupine Tree, mid-period Peter Gabriel, Underworld, then you may well love this album.

I love this album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By silent man on 21 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This music is fresh, original and exciting. I have the special edition with six more tracks and I want to say that I'm very impressed. The sound is well balanced and the quality is really exeptional especially if you have a good Hi-Fi system to listen it. This is one of the best sounded albums for years in my opinion and a good answer to the banal and cheap trends of industrial popular music. Thank you guys.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Madden on 14 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
An astounding album of prog metal, rock and more pop-like music influenced heavily by Moore's synths and fx and Matheos' pounding guitar. Makes great use of sound fx and heavy metal guitar, sometimes the drums seem a bit techno loopy but this all adds to one hell of a good album.

Get the special edition version for an extra 6 tracks of even more experimental songs.

I rate this as one of the best albums of 2006.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Kevin and Jim in Fine Form! 6 Jun. 2006
By Robert R. Kolinsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I intentionally waited for O.S.I.'s Free (Special Edition) album to be released befor purchasing, or even listening for that matter. Based upon their first album, I felt this follow up album is right on par with their sonic excellence! If you read the reviews posted on O.S.I. Free US release, you will see that I am not alone in this critique. I have to agree, however, that this release tends to be more oriented towards Kevin Moore's work. I guess you could sum it up as sounding like a supercharged Chroma Key, but I hate to attach a label to something in this way. Instead, I will say that O.S.I. are in fine form in this latest offering.
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Strong 2nd Effort! 12 Sept. 2007
By Kort - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I finally broke down and purchased the second outing from the supergroup OSI.
Am I ever glad I did.

I love the first album and listen to it quite often even after owning it for a few years. The mixed reviews of the 2nd album made me hesitate but I see I had no need to worry. True, the previous album is overall more of a classic, but here we have OSI gaining a focus and making some darn fine modern prog rock.

I miss Steve Wilson's contribution, but am a happy camper after a few spins of the disc. Oh, and be sure to get this bonus disc version -- you'll be glad you sprung for the extra tracks.
Not As Good As Their 1st, But Still Better Than Most!! 9 July 2009
By Throbbin' Hood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I played OSI's first album almost to death, and it's still a great album! I then heard about another album coming out, though Portnoy wouldn't have the same influence he had on the first one. Still, 3 years later I picked up the 2-disc version of the album. It's a bit different from their first, not nearly the same. But then again had it been I may have been disappointed. Bands (and I assume prog bands more than anyone else) should evolve over time. And this being a side project for most of the members you should expect a 2nd album to be different from the first. This one certainly is.

It sounds more electronic than their first one, and that's not a bad aspect at all. You can still hear Portnoy playing on various tracks, and his contribution is more than welcome. Otherwise the album would probably be completely different. There seems to be more vocals on this album as well, so fans of Moore's style of "singing" will be quite pleased.

As with their other album, it's well worth the extra dollars for the extra tracks. The bonus disc has no videos at all, which makes room for more songs. Nothing really different from the formula listeners will become accustomed to from the first disc, which is good. You can treat the 2nd disc as Part 2 of disc one, almost making this a double-album release. Here are the tracks for the 2nd disc:

1. OSIdea 9
2. Set It On Fire
3. Communicant
4. When You're Ready (demo)
5. Remain Calm
6. Old War

Overall a great album. Not as powerful as their first, but still exceeding many of the bands that are out today. I'm anxious to hear what their 3rd album has and look forward to getting my hands on it soon.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Please release this 2 disc version in the USA inside Out!! 11 May 2006
By K. Orrson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love your entire catalog of prog artists and try to get all those special 2 CD editions.

Yes the 1 disc version is supper as was the original version of their first

Office of Strategic Influence which also had a German 2 disc version.

Only the Japanese edition is available on Amazon. But look for used copies if available.

and if you can't afford the 2 disc version...just go for the one CD...but you'll want more I think!

I love Kevin Moore's work with other side project Chroma Key,

and Mike Portnoy....need I say more???
More of the same - not really 4 Jan. 2007
By J. Hatch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album has its similiarities to the previous OSI release (it's the same two guys, same band), but has some very interesting divergences from the first. I bought the double cd American version, and found that the second cd is well worth the extra $$. The first cd of Free sticks closer to Office of Strategic Influence, with the exception of Our Town. The second cd content may be a little too experimental for some people, but listen to it on headphones, and the full effect of some of the songs becomes evident. Remain Calm is a real trip.

I don't know how much effort these guys are putting into these OSI projects, but it's working.
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