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4.0 out of 5 stars Free your mind and your funky ass will, more or less, follow, 10 Nov 2013
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Colin Mccartney (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Free Your Mind (Audio CD)
For their fourth LP, Cut/Copy appear to have trawled their record collections for late 80s/early 90s Balearic sounds. Amongst others, the likes of Hypnotone, A Man Called Adam, New Order (Technique era), Sueno Latino, Happy Mondays (Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches) and "Screamadelica" vintage Primal Scream. Not to mention K-Klass, part of whose "Let Me Show You" features on the very similarly titled track "Let Me Show You Love".

"Free Your Mind" is a more retro experience overall than, say, recent releases from Cut/Copy's chillwave contemporaries who, though referencing the past also expand and redefine 80s music - something that C/C themselves don't really do on this release. No matter, as "Free Your Mind" is an entertaining and uplifting record. The end result sounds like some sort of obscure/under-marketed early 90s Creation Records cult dance music release...so? No bad thing. I don't think this CD's as well produced as In Ghost Colours and there's maybe nothing on here to match "Out There on the Ice", though "In Memory Capsule" and "Meet Me in a House of Love" both come close.

I think overall it's a more consistent and focussed album than anything they've done previously. Yet more music for the Hollister generation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same.. why change a winning formula?, 12 Nov 2013
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Paul Allaer (Cincinnati) - See all my reviews
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Australia's Cut Copy has made a slow but steady ascend to the very near top of the Electronic Dance Music scene. While 2008's Ghost Colours still sported a darker context, 2011's Zonoscope album shed most of that and made it clear that the band's goal is to make you want to dance and have a good time. Now almost 3 years later comes Cut Copy's 4th studio album.

"Free Your Mind" (14 tracks; 51 min.) brings really 10 tracks and 4 short intros or intermezzos. After one of those to kick off the album, we get the title track (1st single) and immediately we are immersed into a jungle-sounding environment, with bongos and lots of other rhythm instruments. And with that we're off to the races! One fun track follows after another: check out "We Are Explorers", how in the world could one not like this? Same with songs like the hypnotic "Let Me Show You Love", the Pet Shop Boys-reminding "Footsteps", and the boisterous "In Memory Capsule", which caps the first half of the record. After another short intermezzo, we crash into the second half with a so-so "Dark Corners & Mountain Tops", but things immediately pick up again with "Meet Me In the House of Love". the last true highlight of the album. The album falters a bit towards the end, but it doesn't take away from the many killer tracks that are frontloaded.

In all, this is a very pleasant return from Cut Copy. They're not covering new ground, simply doing what they do best, which is to bring music that you just can't help but to sing-along and dance-along. I've seen these guys in concert a couple of times, most recently 2 years ago here in Cincinnati when they headlined the MidPoint Music Festival, and their set brought down the house, just fantastic. Can't wait for another opportunity to see them live. Meanwhile, "Free Your Mind" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cut Copy meet 808's and 909's and Madchester late 80's early 90's UK, 20 Dec 2013
This review is from: Free Your Mind (Audio CD)
Cut Copy 4th album! The best yet. Why are they not massive? If this album came out early 90s they would have been on TOTP with the Mondays, KLF, 808 State and Primal Scream.
It's a party album from start to finish. Each track a classic, no fillers! The album starts from the Mondays 90s, next stop KLF, side lining PSP and New Order stopping at Primal Scream!
Absolute classic album, probably for the best release of 2013.
Standout tracks: We are Explorers, Let me show you love, Footsteps.
Just buy it you will not be disappointed!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!, 6 Nov 2013
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Cut Copy's latest album is brillant! Their previous album Zonoscope was very good, but not quite as sublime as "In Ghost Colours". This album with the inspiring title, is amazing. If you love 80's and 90's dance music buy it. A great Aussie dance album.
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