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Fragments of Freedom [Import]

Morcheeba Audio CD
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars What the . . . . ?!?!? May 29 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ok, the first two albums were great. Infact, they were better than great, they were greater-er (uh, yeah). Then came this album. Since then, I am afraid to waste my hard earned money on following releases. This album basically sucks (minus the short track featuring good ol' biz). It's like going to a disco on prozac and speed. They were doing great, and then the artistic momentum that they had created all of a sudden stopped. Don't take my word for it, look at the average # of stars it got compaired to previous albums. Simply put, this album bombed.
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Morceeba I knew... March 18 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This should not be taken as an in-depth review of the album, and perhaps I am being unfairly biased. However, I purchased this album expecting the signature trip-hop down-tempo Morceeba sound that they have been crafting for the past few years, and this album deviates quite a bit from that. Just a warning to those wanting a first glimpse of Morceeba or an extension of what they used to sound like -- this album is not representative of their other work. And personally, I much prefer Morceeba's older offerings, such as Big Calm.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Less spice, more sugar, still good Jan. 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
Yes, it's not "Big Calm," which was flawless, but you can hardly expect artists to repeat themselves blindly. Anyway, I expect that sort of a move would have drawn even more critical fire. "Fragments of Freedom" is a well-done album, perhaps less soulful than "Big Calm" but still thoughtful and fluid, less jazz and more pop -- different, but not necessarily bad. It sounds as if everyone had a good time working on this album. "Rome" is my favorite; it sounds like Skye sang it with a smile. Fans of Morcheeba would enjoy "Fragments" as long as they doesn't expect a rigid repeat of what came before. Remember: if you support them, that means they'll have the opportunity to make the next thing even better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good CD Jan. 7 2003
Format:Audio 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. Skye's voice is strong and soulful as she sings the lyrics to the song, "Good Girl Down". Then again she has a strong and soulful voice. This is worth my money and an added collection of Morcheeba CDs.
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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 This album is excellent! June 24 2002
Format:Audio CD
It is really hard to understand why this album is getting some negative reviews when everybody seems to love "Big Calm". I just bought both CDs - "Big Calm" and "Fragments of Freedom" and listened to them back to back. "Fragments of Freedom" is absolutely perfect and logical continuation of the "Big Calm". The difference is only in the mood! Yes, "Framgents of Freedom" is light, playful, and fun - but why shouldn't it be? Are you in the same mood all the time? It's really weird that people get frustrated when the group does something (slightly!) different instead of repeating itself... This album is excellent - I loved every single song!!
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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"
5.0 out of 5 stars You are all crazy.
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2002 by CoryRay
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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