Free-for-All (Michael Penn album)

Free-for-All was singer-songwriter Michael Penn's second full-length record, released in 1992 on RCA. There were no big hit singles of the strength of his only top 40 hit, 1989's "No Myth", but the album did feature two songs that reached the Top 20 on the Modern Rock Charts: "Long Way Down (Look What the Cat Drug In)" peaked at number 14, while the second single, "Seen the Doctor", reached nine spots higher, for a number 5 placing. The album led to a bitter battle between Penn and his record company, leading him to forgo releasing a follow-up until 1997.

Studio album by
Released15 September 1992
GenreRock, Alternative rock, Folk rock
ProducerTony Berg, Michael Penn
Michael Penn chronology


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]

In his review for AllMusic, reviewer Stewart Mason gave the recording four and a half stars (out of a possible five), saying that it was the record which proved to critics that Penn was no one-hit wonder, calling "Long Way Down" a "dark and pained opening to an album that was hardly pop-star material."

Track listingEdit

All tracks composed by Michael Penn.

  1. "Long Way Down (Look What the Cat Drug In)" 3:52
  2. "Free Time" 4:12
  3. "Coal" 3:33
  4. "Seen the Doctor" 3:12
  5. "By the Book" 3:46
  6. "Drained" 3:59
  7. "Slipping My Mind" 2:36
  8. "Strange Season" 3:51
  9. "Bunker Hill" 4:39
  10. "Now We're Even" 4:55



  • Arranged by Michael Penn
  • Produced by Michael Penn & Tony Berg
  • Engineered by Greg Goldman (also assistant engineer), Chris Lord-Alge & Susan Rogers, with assistance by Paul Dieter & Ken Jordan
  • Mixed by Bob Clearmountain
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig


  1. ^ Mason, Stewart (1992-09-15). "Free-for-All - Michael Penn". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-16.