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Everybody loves surprises, that feeling of not knowing what might be around the next corner -- and that’s exactly the vibe that Widespread Panic gives off every time they unleash a new album. Sometimes that means taking listeners on a nice, smooth ride, and sometimes it means making ‘em hold on tight, but either way, it means the trip is gonna be worth it.

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  • Audio CD (February 12, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Widespread Records
  • ASIN: B0010DJ2FK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With the release of their 10th studio album, Widespread Panic continues their 22 year tradition of creating music that stays true to its foundation while relentlessly evolving with each album, song and note played on the stage. While this is 17th release in the Widespread Panic catalogue, it still manages to offer fans a number of firsts. Unlike previous albums where tracks were 'road-tested' on stage before being laid down in the studio, Free Somehow offers a majority of songs that have yet to make their live debut. This is also the band's first recording with legendary guitarist Jimmy Herring. Widespread Panic recorded Free Some How with producer Terry Manning (Led Zeppelin, Lenny Kravitz, ZZ Top, Al Green) at his renowned Compass Point Studios. Dave Schools hears a bit of Zep in what the band has laid down, commenting, 'Some of the songs really strike me as something you might have heard on Physical Graffiti. They're complex, beautiful, deep, and it rocks. And its got some melancholy and a lot of color.'

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Kronoveter on February 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD
While still adjusting to Terry Manning's level of production (John Keane, the old producer was more stripped down), I really like the direction the band is heading. While I'm not a huge fan of the Boom Boom Boom chorus, I see the song being a hit live...a setting in which Panic is amazing. Walk on the Flood is a powerful, driven tune and is followed up by a jazz infused Steely Dan flavored track called Angels on High. Three Candles is a song that seems to carry on the tradition of late guitarist and founding member Michael Houser. Tickle the Truth and Free Somehow show JB at his finest, one of the best yet relatively unkown Rock n Roll frontmen in the business. Flicker is another rocker that showcases Jimmy Herring's guitar prowess. Dark Day Program might be my favorite tune on the album as it is haunting and emotional. Her Dance Needs No Body is another great track, heavily layered, full of energy, and likely to become a fan favorite. Already Fried makes me want to eat Fried Chicken and listen to Tom Waits. Don't ask me why. Up all Night finishes of the album, with Al Green's backup singers and a solid horn section providing the backdrop for an easy going, more radio friendly song. The final chapter in a tremendous overall effort. I wish half the acts that walked away with Grammys last week were as talented and down to earth as these guys.....
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JD on February 19, 2008
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The album gains appeal when you listen in terms of each song's 'live' possibilities, but on it's own comes across as uneven. 'Boom Boom Boom' has an excellent groove drowned out by a banal, insipid chorus. 'Walk on the Flood' is powerful musically but fails to connect from a songwriting standpoint. The band hits disappointing lows with 'Tickle the Truth'--a lyrically and musically cumbersome wreck--and 'Already Fried', another of lead singer John Bell's 30's-era lounge numbers that feels like nothing more than filler. On the bright side, 'Flicker' is a polished rock tour de force, and the title track shines with elegance from JB and Jimmy Herring. The best of the bunch is "Angels on High", a neo-soul shimmy that has JB channeling his inner Al Green. Sounds great on the record and should be a real crowd pleaser in the live setting as well...

Free Somehow, like their last effort Earth to America, suffers from overwrought production, particularly the use of horns that sound canned and midi-produced at best and like misplaced Kenny G solos at worst. Memo to Panic and E2A/Free Somehow producer Terry Manning: If longtime collaborators the Dirty Dozen Brass Band are not available, do your listeners a favor and ditch the horns.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Farris on February 14, 2008
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After the last couple of releases featuring George McConnell on lead guitar I felt that while still worth listening to, Widespread Panic's best days were way over with the passing of Houser. Free Somehow has me rethinking that notion. I didn't really expect much from Free Somehow, but I am pleasantly surprised. This album/cd is full of the original trademark WP sound. Jimmy Herring starts his tenure with WP where Micheal Houser left off and the band seems rejuvenated. It seemed at times on Earth To America that they were just going through the motions. There are many high points and surprises with few low points. I do ,however think that Boom, Boom, Boom is one of my least favorite WP songs ever, which is why the four-star rating. I have listened to this cd non-stop since Tuesday and keep thinking about how great it will be to hear these songs worked live this summer. A must for anyone even slightly interested in serious music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wishus on February 25, 2008
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Incredible album from Widespread Panic. I've been a fan for over 10 years, and this may be their best album ever. It is the first CD I've bought in a long time that has compelled me to sit down in front of the stereo and listen to it from start to finish. You haven't heard this band before - the music is fresh, interesting, and masterfully recorded.

This is a guitar record, a return to form after "Earth To America" left us scratching our heads. Jimmy Herring brings a new dynamic to the band, part Allman Brothers, part Robben Ford. His tasteful playing will blow your mind.

JB delivers some of his best, and most personal lyrics in years. The rest of the band is also at the top of their game, exploring unusual time signatures and interesting chord progressions. The music is full of energy and there is not a dull moment on the entire record.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Swartz on February 19, 2008
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being a huge fan of this band, I feel on the last release, and on this album WSP delivers a little less enthusiasm. And what's up with John Bell and the hardly audible vocals? This album has to be played extremely loud to make up for the poor mix.The new sound comes from the very talented guitarist, Jimmy Herring, making the band sound a little heavier than any of it's previous recordings. Not the same WSP we have grown to love!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Andrews on January 25, 2010
Format: Vinyl
While there is no doubt that WSP has made their career as 'road-warriors' with their trademarked 3 hour live shows, I feel like they've been severely underrated in some of their studio efforts.

'Ball', the bands first album sans Mike Houser, has been a record that has grown mightily on me over the years, despite then-new guitarist George McConnell's struggles to really get a solid grip on much of the Panic catalogue. While I'm super excited to have Jimmy Herring on board, George deserves a lot of credit for the work he did on 'Ball'.

'Earth to America', Panic's followup to 'Ball', was indeed one of the most head-scratch inducing albums I've ever listened to, and really made me yearn for John Keane's smooth-but-simple production style. There were some really neat moments on that record (Second Skin, Time Zones, Crazy, May Your Glass Be Filled), but as a whole, I could take it or leave it. Terry Manning's production was certainly jarring, but for me, it was a deficit of interesting material that sank it.

Needless to say, I was a tad bit pessimistic about Free Somehow, but the album, for the most part, delivers some excellent material. I will say that the album really kicks into gear w/ Angels on High. BBB and Walk on the Flood to me sound a bit generic - dialed-in Panic - which initially worried me a bit. Angels on High changes things up quite a bit and gives Jimmy Herring a little space to dig in and make his presence felt. Three Candles, however, is Panic's crown jewel here. As another reviewer noted, this is vintage Houser/Bell guitar interplay. What a fantastic song, and again, Herring shines with a brilliant, yet decidedly restrained solo in the middle.

Tickle the Truth sends Herring into Garcia mode, highlighting another twist in sonic style shift.
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