November 29, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

”If you wanna be free/With plenty money/Put your hands up,” Akon sings on Freedom, his third CD. But before you hoist those mitts, you might want to listen to the rest of the disc: Akon’s philosophy of liberty also includes the freedom to reuse nearly identical hooks for 13 songs straight. That approach may bring him plenty money, but it yields only a few legitimately fun tracks, buried beneath a pile of boring retreads. C?

Download This: Listen to the song ”Right Now (Na Na Na)” on imeem.com

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