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Free Spirit is Khalid's second studio album that was released on April 5, 2019 by RCA Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Intro 3:33
  2. Bad Luck 3:51
  3. My Bad 2:43
  4. Better 3:49
  5. Talk 3:17
  6. Right Back 3:35
  7. Don't Pretend 2:45
  8. Paradise 2:54
  9. Hundred 4:37
  10. Outta My Head (featuring John Mayer) 2:57
  11. Free Spirit 3:02
  12. Twenty One 3:04
  13. Bluffin' 3:19
  14. Self 3:49
  15. Alive 2:57
  16. Heaven 3:33

Bonus Track

  1. Saturday Nights 3:31

Album BackgroundEdit

Khalid announced the album title on social media on February 28, 2019. He had previously shown the van pictured on the cover in various posts.

A short film accompanying the album was released on Khalid's YouTube channel on the same day of the album's release.

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Free Spirit" debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 202,000 album-equivalent units (including 85,000 pure album sales) in its first week, making it Khalid's first US number-one album.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Free Spirit" was met with mixed reviews. At Metacritic, the album has an average score of 58, based on 13 reviews.

Reviewing for The Guardian, Alexis Petridis found the album less original than Khalid's previous work, with the singer having little new to add to the theme of anxiety explored in other "fretfully self-examining R&B", instead showing "a tendency to fall back on cliche".

With regards to its musical aspect, the critic complained of a lengthy, "somnambulant pace", but observed some "great pop songs", like "Alive" and "My Bad".

More positive was Robert Christgau, who wrote in his column for Vice that while Khalid's new "privileges and woes" may be foreign to most listeners, he "retains the gift of expressing his feelings in songs that cut star-time inevitabilities down to human scale", observing truisms in lyrics such as "Couldn't have known it would ever be this hard", "I didn't text you because I was workin'", and "If the love feels good it'll work out".

Christgau also pointed out that "because Khalid now enjoys access to pricier musical materials than when he was in high school, the hooks pack more texture than tune, making this the rare album that comes fully into its own when you up the volume."

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