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Fragments of Freedom [Import]

Morcheeba Audio CD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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1. World Looking In
2. Rome Wasn't Built in a Day
3. Love is Rare
4. Let it Go
5. A Well Deserved Break
6. Love Sweet Love (feat Mr. Complex)
7. In the Hands of the Godz (feat. Biz Markie)
8. Shallow End
9. Be Yourself
10. Coming Down Gently
11. Good Girl Down (feat. Bahamadia)
12. Fragments of Freedom

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Morcheeba were once the dreamiest bass-heavy, slow funk-oriented group in all of trip-hopdom, as anyone who's spent time with their 1998 sophomore album, Big Calm, will attest. Fragments of Freedom begins interestingly enough, with the languorous, slide guitar-enhanced track "World Looking In." But things go awry from there; the lyrics are so daft and pale, and the R&B-lite arrangements so limp, that the listener keeps waiting for the group to bust out laughing, then introduce the real music. "Let It Go," with its faux-inspirational chorus and tepid keyboard runs, sounds like the Euro-club music they might play at Epcot Center. By the time Biz Markie shows up with a short, sweet track of old-school boasting halfway through, it's far too late to save this CD. Freedom sounds like a misdirected attempt to reach a larger audience; the result is as appealing as cotton candy that's been dipped in maple syrup, covered with vanilla frosting, and then dropped in the sand. Recommended only as a clear example of how not to make interesting dance-pop with wide appeal. --Mike McGonigal

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Morcheeba ~ Fragments Of Freedom

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as some people might think Jan. 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was perusing my enormous cd collection over the holiday weekend and came across Morcheeba's "Fragments of Freedom" cd. I haven't listened to it in a couple of years. "Fragments of Freedom" is the only Morcheeba cd that I own so I can't compare it to the group's other albums. I honestly didn't think that "Fragments of Freedom" is as bad as a lot of people say that it is. I'm not a big fan of funk music but surprisingly enough I found myself enjoying the group's more funk-laden tracks like "Love is Rare" and "Let It Go". "Fragments of Freedom" is by far not perfect because the way that the songs flow together which is a bit on the choppy side. I mean the first two tracks are gorgeous your traditional icy trip hop songs and then the next two are '70s funk-laden tracks. The fifth track is a dancehall/reggae-influenced track. I thought the various sounds made the album. Overall the sound on the album was uneven. Nevertheless I did like all of the songs despite the fact that they made the album sound very uneven.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let me think... Sept. 26 2002
Format:Audio CD
Hmmm...maybe nobody else thought of this, but don't you think that maybe Morcheeba is PURPOSELY TRYING to be corny? I mean, you can't write a song like "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day" and not smirk to yourself. No, I have never heard their music before, but I really liked "Rome..." on an internet radio station and I found the album (plus a bonus disc) at a used CD store. So, I figured, why not? Well, songs like "World Looking In" and "A Well Deserved Break" are refreshing as well as the hip hop tracks "Love Sweet Love" and "In the Hands of the Gods". A lot of the material also sounds like something Macy Gray would sing. I also believe that the truly awesome "Shallow End" is a tune Jamiroquai would kill to get their hands on. True, I probably picked a CD that sounds nothing like their other work, but, hey, at least I'm interested in hearing more of their stuff. "Charango", here I come.
(The bonus disc almost completely makes up for any low points "Fragments..." might have. The first track is an excellent remix of "In the Hands of the Gods", the next being the Frogmarched mix of the title track, but they've saved the best for last: Morcheeba's own twist on the oldies fav "Crystal Blue Persuasion"! If you're able to find "Fragments..." with this bonus disc, get it!!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars You are all crazy. Jan. 12 2002
By CoryRay
Format:Audio CD
I can't stand reading all these negative reviews of this album! First of all, I just got into Morcheeba within the last couple months. I have no idea why it took me so long, but I am SO glad I finally did. I started with Big Calm because everyone said that was the best. I loved it instantly. Every song was catchy. BUT - everyone had said it was an ultra-chillout album, in sort've a trip-hop vein. That's ridiculous. It's a catchy, mostly upbeat album. Which is great - I was just mislead by reviews. So, loving Big Calm, I thought I'd check out Fragments of Freedom, even though it got such horrible reviews. My expectations were low, but upon first listen, I fell absolutely in love with it. I don't know what is wrong with you guys! It's one of the catchiest and most fun albums I've ever heard. EVERY song on it is great (except for the 1 1/2 minute-long Biz Markie song). Many people have said that Fragments is such a huge departure for Morcheeba. Let me just say that they're nuts. After Fragments I bought Who Can You Trust?, and the change in styles was a hundred times more drastic between that (their first) and Big Calm (their second). Take the more upbeat songs from Big Calm, and that's what Fragments is like. They did NOT sell out. They did what they do best. Each Morcheeba album gets better and better. I cannot wait til the next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars LIGHTEN UP!!!!! Nov. 2 2001
By Warren
Format:Audio CD
To everyone who's been giving this cd a bad review, all I have to say is LIGHTEN UP!! and quit being so stuffy. Sure, it's not "who can you trust" or "big calm", but the band was ready to experiment and try something different. My guess is that they were tired of doing another slow, moody trip hop album again. Seriously, would you guys REALLY have wanted "Big Calm 2"? For proof that the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" attitude doesn't work, take a look at the Cranberries. Anyway, back to this abum. Sure, the lyrics are cliched and silly.. but that's INTENTIONAL!!! The band was having a GOOD TIME when they recorded this album, and you can tell! As for them selling out.. the music on this album may be catchy but it's not really commercial. The only song I could ever picture being a North American radio hit would be "Be Yourself". My advice is to stop being so ignorant and don't judge this album before you listen to it. Forget about Morcheeba's old records for a minute and listen to this. Music doesn't always have to be serious, dull and artsy in order to be good. Just enjoy it for what it is.. while "Who Can You Trust" and "Big Calm" were the kind of albums that were meant for the listener to sit down with headphones to listen to, "Fragments" is an all-out, good time, party album. People are always complaining about other bands doing the same thing over and over, yet when Morcheeba makes a departure from their normal stuff, they get shot down. Just enjoy the music!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars What the . . . . ?!?!?
Ok, the first two albums were great. Infact, they were better than great, they were greater-er (uh, yeah). Then came this album. Read more
Published on May 29 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Morceeba I knew...
This should not be taken as an in-depth review of the album, and perhaps I am being unfairly biased. Read more
Published on March 18 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Less spice, more sugar, still good
Yes, it's not "Big Calm," which was flawless, but you can hardly expect artists to repeat themselves blindly. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2003 by sundaygirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good CD
The elements in this Morcheeba CD are funk oriented. The hits remind one of a 1970s roller disco where the girls wear the shorts, t-shirts and knee-high socks roller skating. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2003 by Diaspora Chic
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is excellent!
It is really hard to understand why this album is getting some negative reviews when everybody seems to love "Big Calm". Read more
Published on June 24 2002 by "zhopa3"
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, so long as you avoid comparing it to other albums...
Overall, a decent album, in my opinion...quite a descent from the profound and fluid sounds they've produced in Big Calm, and certainly far from anything memorable... Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2002 by "aether8m"
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, so long as you avoid comparing it to other albums...
Overall, a decent album, in my opinion...quite a descent from the profound and fluid sounds they've produced in Big Calm, and certainly far from anything memorable... Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2002 by "aether8m"
2.0 out of 5 stars Bye Morcheeba
I do not really intend this to be a comprehensive review. One sentence can sum it all up: bye, Morcheeba. Huge disappointment. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2002 by De Charlus
1.0 out of 5 stars DO yourelf a favor..dotn buy this one.
Who Can you trust ..a classic..Big Calm...a classic..Morcheeba are a great band..what happened...this album sounds like the bcakstreetboys havin a bad day! Totally bland.. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2001 by shardul shah
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a great Album
When I read all these reviews of disappointed people stating how great "Who Can You Trust" and "Big Calm" were, one thing came to my mind: if you love Morcheeba... Read more
Published on Dec 8 2001 by babarr
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