Freedom CD (2008)

Artist: Akon

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 209891749
UPC 602517901414
UPC 14 00602517901414
Format CD
Release Date 12/2/2008
Author Akon
Associated Artist/Work DeLuna, Kat
Associated Artist/Work Drama (DJ Drama)
Associated Artist/Work Guetta, David
Associated Artist/Work Jean, Wyclef
Associated Artist/Work Muzik, Konvict
Associated Artist/Work O'Donis, Colby
Associated Artist/Work Plies
Associated Artist/Work Rida, Flo
Associated Artist/Work T-Pain
Technical Info
Engineer Javier Valverde; Mark "Exit" Goodchild; Nico Solis
Producer Giorgio Tuinfort; Aliaune Thiam
CatalogID 001233402
Lable Name Universal Distribution
Released 12/02/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 57m : 49s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602517901414
Musical Guests
Lil Wayne
Young Jeezy
Colby O'Donis
Kardinal Offishall
Sweet Rush
Ray Lavender
Wyclef Jean
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Francesco Romano (guitar); Giorgio Tuinfort, Aliaune "Akon" Thiam (keyboards, programming); Claude Kelly (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Mark "Exit" Goodchild; Leslie Brathwaite.
Recording information: Chevy Shack Studios, Atlanta, GA; Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Cruise Control Studios, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Doppler Studios, Atlanta, GA; Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Icon Studios, Atlanta, GA; Konkast Studio, Atlanta, GA; Metropolis Studio, London, England; Record Plant, Hollywood, CA; Solitaire Studios, Atlanta, GA.
Photographer: Anthony Mandler.
The Senegal-born vocalist (and reigning king of cameo appearances) takes a sensitive turn on his third LP, FREEDOM. From the outset, Akon seems to have spurned his earlier hip-hop tendencies in favor of an electric Euro-pop production. The bouncy, synth-driven opening cut, "Right Now (Na Na Na)," produced by Giorgio Tuinfort, seems aimed at European dance floors while the soft techno beat of "Beautiful" sounds like an interpolation of Alice Deejay's hit "Better Off Alone." Similarly, the oversexed subject matter of past hits like "Smack That" and "I Wanna Love You" takes a back seat to apologetic lost-love yearning and reverent pleas for reconciliation on tracks like "Keep You Much Longer," in which Akon declares "Wish I could stop by and maybe say hi/Wish I could stop by and lay by your side." Still, there's room for pseudo-gangster posturing and good-life boasting as Akon croons "Gorillas want war but they ain't got money" beside Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne on "I'm so Paid."
Professional Reviews
Billboard (p.41) - "[W]hile 'Troublemaker' and 'Holla Holla' each sound a lot like prior Akon songs, ultimately they're highlights for that very reason."
Disc 1
1 Right Now (Na Na Na)
2 Beautiful - (featuring Kardinal Offishall)
3 Keep You Much Longer
4 Troublemaker - (featuring Sweet Rush)
5 We Don't Care
6 I'm So Paid - (featuring Lil Wayne/Young Jeezy)
7 Holla Holla
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
Product Attributes
Artist Akon
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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