Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Akon Freedom review

A review of Akon - Freedom

In the later years Akon has gotten to be a household name for most of the upcoming generation. He has gotten to be where he is by writing, producing, performing music. In addition to his own music, Akon has cooperated with numerous other artists on their music. With his newest release, Akon - Freedom, he is up to three personal album releases. Freedom was originally planned to be entitled Aquitted, but his label, Universal Music, decided for some reason to change the title to Freedom. Anyway, the new title seems to fit Akon well. He has, as you all probably know, done some time for an auto theft, and had some other incidents that didn't exactly put him in a good light.

First things first. Freedom has one big disappointment. The album does not feature the rumored duet with Michael Jackson. A duet that would undoubtedly have been one of the big highlights of the year. What makes the matter even more frustrating is the fact that Akon and MJ actually recorded the duet, but the Universal decided that the track should be put on the final release. I guess the reason will remain a mystery, but the fact that they have worked together gives hope that will do it again some time in the future. Akon has publicly stated that one of his big goals in music is to work with Michael Jackson.

Ok, so let's get on with what actually is on Akon - Freedom. After a few changes in the track list during the past months, here is what was actually released:

1. Right Now (Na Na Na)
2. Beautiful (featuring Colby O'Donis & Kardinal Offishall)
3. Keep You Much Longer
4. Troublemaker (featuring Sweet Rush)
5. We Don't Care
6. I'm So Paid (featuring Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne)
7. Holla Holla (featuring T-Pain)
8. Against The Grain (featuring Ray Lavender)
9. Be With You
10. Sunny Day (featuring Wyclef Jean)
11. Birthmark
12. Over The Edge
13. Freedom

In true Akon fashion, Freedom features several tracks that have guests from his enormous network of artist friends. As you can see on the track list, it includes Ray Lavender, Lil Wayne, Colby O'Donis, Kardinal Offishall, T-Pain and most notably Wyclef Jean.

The thing that hit me hardest when I first listened to Freedom may not be a big surprise; Akon has a great voice. In today's music industry with the focus being more on beats and rhythm, Akon is a breath of fresh air with his pure and clear voice. He is also very good at making that strength count. Freedom is packed with tracks that give him a chance to show of his singing ability. And let that be said, he does a tremendous job.
While his voice and rhythm is fantastic, Akon could use some guiding in the lyrics department. The lyrics never seem to get away from your basic rap/hip-hop theme. It's all about women who he wants to be with, gangsters, money and other standard stuff. To be fair, the Freedom lyrics aren't the worst I have heard, but it certainly left me with sort of an empty feeling.

If you are looking for an album that will hit the club scene hard, look no further. Akon Freedom delivers everything it promised. Akon has earlier said that he would try to direct Freedom more against the "Euro Club" scene. It really does succeed in its mission. There are tons of beats that will make DJ's around the world go crazy. I'm sure you have already heard the pre released singles "Right Now", "I'm So Paid" and "Troublemaker". These tracks are currently being played non stop on both the radio stations and in the clubs. Freedom delivers more of the same top notch hip-hop/pop tunes.

Akon played a key role in the production of Freedom. He is one of those artists who don't like to leave his faith in others hands. In addition to giving the album a personal touch, Akon gets a lot more respect among his fans. It shows that he knows what he is doing, and that he really cares about what is released in his name. When he in addition to taking part in the production himself hires a top notch producer in Giorgio Tuinfort, who has produced for Enrique Iglesias among others, Freedom gets the credibility it needs.

One more thing that really struck me when listening to Freedom is Akon's ability to choose the best fit collaborators for his tracks. They all seem to fit perfectly into the album. As you all know, these are all top of the line artists, and they really deliver in great fashion. The real beauty is that the tracks have been produced/written in a way that gives both the guest artists and Akon himself a chance to shine. The best example would be Wyclef Jeans contribution to the track "Sunny Day". The track itself is somewhat slow, but Wyclef gives it just the little spice that brings both him and Akon into a much better light. It is also refreshing that most of the tracks on Freedom features only Akon. While I love to hear him with a partner, I think an album by Akon should be mostly Akon. It gives the listener a chance to know what he himself is all about.

On this album, I have actually found only two things I don't like. While most of the tracks on Akon - Freedom is good, no album is perfect. The track "Holla Holla" makes me wonder if they had a blackout during production. It is the song that T-Pain contributes on, and consists mostly of weird sounds and a strange beat. To me, it makes no sense for this track to even be on the album. That's the first thing I don't like. The second is that Freedom is a bit too slow paced for my taste. It certainly shows on the track "Over The Edge" which is, if I am nice, boring.

I would have to say that it is probably the best album to date by Akon. Mostly great tracks, refreshing beats, good collaborators and of course Akon himself in top form brings Freedom up to the standard that we expect it to have.

Score: 7 out of 10 for "Akon - Freedom"

Akon Freedom - Out now!

Akon - Freedom is released

You heard right, yesterday Akon released his third album Freedom! And what am album it is.
Some fans claim it is his best album to date, and I have to say i'm not a stranger to that idea. I think that Akon - Freedom might be one of my favorites when i give it some time.

One fan stated "
Hallelujah! "Freedom" is the first Akon album that doesn't need an edited version to be sold at Wal-Mart! Although in terms of lyrics it's not totally free of that sex-and-violence insinuating language, it shows that it is possible to release a great hip-hop/R&B recording without resorting to extreme obscenity almost in every song."
And thats a pretty good point. Why would he need to make the language on "Freedom" so foul that everything has to be edited so that the general public can listen to it. Akon finally understand that his biggest market is teens.

Akon - Freedom is now available trough various online and offline stores. On amazon you can choose to either buy the album as a regular CD, buy it as mp3s or even buy only the mp3s you want. I have ordered two CDs, one for myself and one as a Christmas present. Currently amazon offers guaranteed delivery before Christmas, so hurry up! I have no doubt that one of the best albums this year will be "Akon Freedom".

Monday, November 24, 2008

Akon Freedom - Coming soon

Akon Freedom soon in stores

It is now just over a week to the big release of Akon Freedom. The third album from the artist that the lovers adore, and the haters say they can't get rid of will certainly be noticed. If Akon Freedom has what the two singles already released promise, we are in for a real treat. The two singles, "Right Now" and "I'm so paid", are at the moment making a huge impact on the charts around the world.

The rumored cooperation with Michael Jackson on Akon Freedom seems to be a thrown-away project according to the released Akon Freedom Tracklist. I personally think it is unwise of the studio not to release the track that could have given Akon Freedom the publicity it needed to go straight into the top spot on the charts. Recently the speculations has started on the internet that the MJ track will actually be a part of the album after all. People argue that denying that it is a part of the album is an even better publicity stunt for "Freedom". I guess only time will tell...

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This Christmas I bet that a lot of copies of Akon Freedom will be wrapped in paper and put under a tree all over the world. And why not? For the Akon fans, this may be the perfect present.
"Freedom" is currently available for pre ordering through Amazon. Get it today.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New style on Akon Freedom?

Akon Freedom - The sound changes

Following his two first albums, "Trouble" and "Konvict", Akon may be going for a musical makeover on his new album Freedom. Freedom was, as you probably know, going to be released on November 25. Not long ago however, Akon himself announced that the date had been set to December 2. Akon's Freedom may, according to himself, be going in a slightly different musical direction.

We all know Akon best from the style and sound he has been broadcasting on his top selling album Konvict. Now, he may be changing gears to maintain at the top of the lists. In an interview with Billboard he said "Everyone has adapted to the Konvict' sound already, so we had to switch it up. Now we're bringing the whole Euro-club sound. That's where we're headed with it." It will be interesting to hear what it is he actually means, and if the Akon Freedom sound will be that different from his earlier productions.

Akon has actually given us a little pre-taste from his album with the two singles already released. While his first single from Freedom, "Right now", is in some way typical of Akon, it also shows that he has adapted some new style and techniques. The sound of "Right now" is more synth driven than has been his style on the former albums. It has a more techno/dance-feel to it, so the comparision to the Euro-club scene is certainly understandable. "Right now" from Akon Freedom, is already a hit on the charts, and is of course available for purchase.

For the full track list see Akon Freedom tracklist

The big question now is how his fans will welcome the new sound. Right now he is one of the biggest rap/hip-hop characters out there, with a huge number of followers. With the new style, Akon's Freedom stands to be the album that can make or break Akon as on of the real stars of the rap-circus. If he is successful, he has shown that he is able to renew himself to adapt to the market. Akon Freedom will certainly be an exciting album.

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Akon's Freedom is available for pre ordering through this site now.

Update: Akon's two first albums, Trouble and Konvict, is also avaliable through this site.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Akon Freedom

Freedom by Akon to be released.

Akon has announced that he is to release his new album "Freedom" on December 2, 2008. Akon's Freedom will be a 15 track album, and it will feature collaborators such as Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, T-Pain and Wyclef Jean. The album was originally planned to be called "Acquitted", but it has later been confirmed that it is going to be named Freedom by Akon's label, Universal Music.

The tracklist from Akon Freedom contains these 15 tracks:

2. BEAUTIFUL (feat. Colby O'Donis)
4. TROUBLEMAKER (feat. Sweet Rush)
6. I'M SO PAID (feat. Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy)
7. HOLLA HOLLA (feat. T -Pain)
8. AGAINST THE GRAIN (feat. Ray Lavender)
10. SUNNY DAY (feat. Wyclef)

Some months ago, when I heard the news that Akon was going to do a song that featured the one and only Michael Jackson, my expectations for Freedom was enormous. The duo has actually recorded a song called "Hold my hand", but the latest news from Universal Music states that the track will not be included in the Freedom release.

Akon's Freedom will have its work cut out if it is aiming to be as popular as Akon's previous albums. His debut album "Trouble" was released in 2004. The album was a huge success, creating a world wide hit single with the track "Lonely". "Trouble" has sold more than 1.6 million copies. His second album "Konvicted", released in 2007, was an even bigger success. It has sold close to 5 million copies, and was the second most selling album in 2008. Konvicted debuted in second place on the Billboard top 200 album chart.

Two singles have already been released from Freedom. The two are "Right now" and "I'm so paid". Judging from these two singles, Akon Freedom will make a killing on the charts. They are both songs that follow in the great Akon style. If you want to listen to a taste of these songs, you find a player on right hand side of the site. Both can be bought as mp3's on Amazon.

Pre-ordering of the album is now available through various music stores. I advise you to order your copy today, because i have a feeling this will be an album everyone wants to have.