The Age Of Fracture
Reviewed by: Sebastian Mackay
I love the feeling of this album. The motivation behind it is the fragmentation of ideas, life can get too complicated and can become paralyzing. It’s not a concept album per se but it is an album with a driving idea. And that idea along with some of the bizarre music brings it together into one big package. It’s a little confusing at times (as it should be) but it also brings a level of and cuteness to its sound.
It’s an interesting element because it’s neither ironic nor mocking and so it feels genuine if not accidental. “The Natural World” is a fun track and one on par with the rest of the album. It deals with different elements, the middle of the track sounds nothing like the first, but the progression is natural.
The relaxed vocal performance by Jack Clevery is a great balance for the album’s slightly dysfunctional moments. It’s a pursuit of it’s own ideas and is, contradictorily, about everything from the city to love while being about nothing at all specific.
“The End” is the stand out track. It ties the album together with the opener “Winter ’98” and it has a slow beginning as though to led you by the hand from the dance floor. It doesn’t lack any of the fun or enjoyment that are in the other tracks and it’s a solid wrap up to the album.