All I can say is Akon DID IT AGAIN. The album is on fire!!! Freedom is Akon's third album and he's getting better from one album to another. Whether you are a fan or not, you will like Freedom and most of the songs from this album are gonna be played in clubs all over the world.
Some wikipedia time before we get on with the review. For those of you who are not updated with Akon's bio, his real name is Aliaune Thia, don't really get how that translated into Akon, originally from Senegal, his daddy is a jazz musician and he's 35 years old and moved to New Jersey when he was 7. Speaking of name, Snoop Dogg's real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus. LOL. Okay, I know. It's unrelated. Hahaha.
On with the CD, just like Lady Gaga's The Fame, the lyrical contents of the album is nothing to be proud of, he's not really the sharpest lyricist but who cares?? All that matter is they have great tunes that with high sale value. But, I'm NOT saying that it's THAT bad, there's just nothing special to it and predictable. It's the usual "I don't care what other people think, we are perfect for each other, screw them, let's fuck" kind of lyrics. Get it? Unlike Ne-Yo's, Year of The Gentlemen who writes about a lot of things that affects our everyday life.
There are lot of guest appreances in this album and it's perfect. Names like Colby O'donis, Kardinal Offishall, Wyclef Jean, T-Pain and Lil' Wayne are featured in Freedom but still with big names like Lil' Wayne and Wyclef Jean, Akon was not overshadowed by them. In this album, Akon starts to sing more (normally he just sing a few verse and then jazzed up by some other artist) which is good since he has a unique and cool voice. Don't even know if other people will be able to perform Akon's song besides him.
It's been a while since I've been in a club so I have no idea what they are playing in the club but I can say that the song Right Now (na na na) is flooding almost all the radio stations. And, believe it or not, in Freedom, Akon has a slow song!!!! And I love it so much!!!
Overall, I think this album is on the right direction and the guest appreances adds more spices to it and it's DEFINITELY a must have album. Regardless you like Akon or not. I think Pussycat Dolls should work with Akon.
I strongly suggest you to check out:
1. Beautiful (Feat. Colby O'donis and Kardinal Offishall)
2. We Don't Care
3. Keep You Much Longer
5. Troublemaker (Feat. Sweet Rush)
6. Freedom (Good Lyric, this one :D)
7. Sunny Day (Feat. Wyclef Jean)
8. I'm So Paid
9. Be With You
LOL. That's almost ALL songs in Freedom. Enjoy the album
LOL. Akon's mugshot.