- Audio CD (Oct. 12 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD, Audiobook
- Label: Redeye / Wood and Bone
- ASIN: B003ZZAXZO
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Flags CD, Audiobook
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2010 release from the New Zealand born Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter. Flags was produced by Brooke and recorded in Los Angeles. Working with a group of local U.S. musicians, including guitarists Michael Chaves and David Levita, on Flags, Brooke has created an album that sets her powerful stories to exquisitely textured backdrops of acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, piano, strings, horns and wild percussion.
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I don't like all of the tracks on the album (thankfully Coachella and Jack Kerouac are back to back so I can skip both in one fell swoop). The lyrics aren't vacuum sealed and she has a sound that reminds me of Sara Barielles and a few others while not feeling "too" familiar. Not my favorite album from last year, but I enjoy the majority of it and Orphans, Kingdoms is, in my opinion, an inspired masterpiece, one of the very few 5 star rated songs in my itunes. Flags, particularly the acoustic version, is another solid track off this album, making this MP3 exclusive version worthwhile. Brooke has a beautiful voice; I'd love to hear her sing live someday.
Every single track is catchy or gorgeous or clever or any combination of the three. Stylistically, it never really leaves the pop realm but contains many variations of pop. "Something in the Water" is sort of folk-pop, "Jack Kerouac" is reggae-pop, etc. "Who Are We Fooling?" is a beautiful male/female duet with amazing piano and strings accompaniment. "Ice on Her Lashes" is a low-key song carried along by Fraser's angelic vocals as well as a somber bass-line. "Crows + Locusts" is (musically and lyrically) an epic piece of work. "Here's to You" is a cheery song with a simple melody. All this to say that despite being confined to one genre, Fraser stretches herself to many different aspects of that genre.
Lyrically, it's all mostly light-hearted fun. "Ice on Her Lashes," which talks about dealing with grief and death of a loved one; "Crows + Locusts," an amazingly deep song (probably my favorite on the album) which seems to tell the story of a farmer going through difficult times, using a lot of spiritual imagery; and "Flags," which ponders why bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people, are probably the three most serious tracks.
Standout tracks for me would probably be "Something in the Water" for its infectious catchiness and lovable lyrics, "Betty" also for its near perfect combination of catchy tune and lyrics, "Ice on Her Lashes" for its beautifully chilling sad and at the same time uplifting message coupled with somber music, and "Crows + Locusts" for its masterfully epic storytelling aspects and musical arrangement. But, really, there isn't a song on here I don't like.
I would recommend this album to those who enjoy mostly easy-listening, high-quality pop songs with hints of seriousness sprinkled throughout.
You know an album is good when you don't ever skip past any song while listening to it! :)