13 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the start, Jon Spencer blew through the ranks of indie rock kicking and screaming—a rocker who demanded center stage. He craved excitement and couldn’t see what, say, R.E.M. had to do with Little Richard or The Rolling Stones. Freedom Tower is light years from 1994’s classic Orange, and it's far funkier and sonically advanced than James Chance–styled No Wave. Modern tastes and the trio’s artistic trajectory finally converge, and the sounds guiding “Funeral,” “Do the Get Down,” and “The Ballad of Joe Buck” no longer alienate but reassure audiences equally appalled by the suburbanization of lower Manhattan and the perceived blandness of Americana.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the start, Jon Spencer blew through the ranks of indie rock kicking and screaming—a rocker who demanded center stage. He craved excitement and couldn’t see what, say, R.E.M. had to do with Little Richard or The Rolling Stones. Freedom Tower is light years from 1994’s classic Orange, and it's far funkier and sonically advanced than James Chance–styled No Wave. Modern tastes and the trio’s artistic trajectory finally converge, and the sounds guiding “Funeral,” “Do the Get Down,” and “The Ballad of Joe Buck” no longer alienate but reassure audiences equally appalled by the suburbanization of lower Manhattan and the perceived blandness of Americana.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings
12 Ratings
breastman ,

JSBX excellence

Always been a fan, and have seen them many times in the 90”s. To me, they can never do wrong, but when they’re hot, they’re hot. And other times, better than most, but not their best. This was the best album, in my opinion, since Orange, and definitely Plastic Fang (which I love). Freedom Tower is very solid. The songs hook and beat you till’ you want more, and there’s plenty to sink into. Interestingly, they actually made an album in which all the songs are a perfect modest length, still with crazy diversions and layers, but also allowed for more songs and no filler.

Moclarko ,

Meat & Bone and More

breastman's review is very spot on. The white boy rap is pretty execelent IMO. Family freindly funky fun y'all. One of the few bands I buy the whole LP outright with no regrets.

unpoppy ,

Best sound playing

These guys have the best sound available for an instrument playing band. The energy, sonics and humor is there. My only hangup with this album is the rapping. I like the songs here but the rapping is just corny compared to what theyre known for doing.

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