Top critical review
on August 2, 2000
So Im at the store, the CD in my hot little hand ready to go to check out when in the corner of my eye I see a listening booth where i could have a listen to Fragments - so I think, what the hell. This decision saved me the cost of a brand new cd because what I heard next almost put me into tears. As the Amazon.com reviewer mentioned, listenting track by track to the shallow, disco'ish, Boney M'ish Fragments of Freedom I was really hoping (praying), waiting, that the band would finally let out a great big laugh and say that it was all a big joke and start playing some of the music which this band is brilliantly capable of. This never eventuated. I never bought the CD. Its fair to say I was in mild shock after the final track. Morcheeba knows what they are good at. Their first album 'Who Can You Trust' is an absolute masterpiece and ranks in my top five ALL TIME favourites. So tri-hop might not be fashionalbe but who cares. There are still people that will eat this style up if its done well - and Morcheeba are the kings at this. 'Big Calm' was a move away, with a more commercial approach but they got away with it because the songs were strong, and they still maintained the 'essence' of the band. Listeners knew it was Morcheeba but on Fragmenta they have moved away so far that it really is a different band. Sky's beautiful vocals lose the spotlight, the range of instruments now fight for a voice, when once they all bounced off each other so delicately. The biggest lesson here. A band needs to know what it is that made the fans like them in the first place. If they really, really know this, then they can have the freedom to experiment and develop their music, but they must understand that the elements which represent the 'essence' of the band and their sound need to be maintained from album to album. The fans need to know straight away that they really are listening to Morcheeba and not....... Boney M.
Criticism aside, its just very disappointing.
PS: And yes, I have listened to the entire album later (my friends cd) and my thoughts havent changed.