Early Fragments

Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Mar 4, 2013
    90
    What falls from the mouth is indeed valuable, in the case of Fear of Men.
  2. Mar 4, 2013
    90
    In the same way as records like the Buzzcocks' Singles Going Steady, the Smiths' Hatful of Hollow, or even Weirdo Rippers by No Age, the incremental blasts of brilliance collected in one place as Early Fragments fit together perfectly, capturing a remarkably intriguing band at various peaks.
  3. Apr 29, 2013
    85
    As the name suggests, the tracks on Early Fragments are disjointed in terms of their release date and the band’s maturity. But this is to their credit, as the juxtapositioning only adds to the unpolished, lo-fi nature of their material.
  4. 80
    Early Fragments is exactly that--a bit fragmented, given that none of the songs were written to sit alongside each other. But as ‘Seer’ suggests, there could be quite a future for Fear Of Men, and this release could start it all.
  5. Mar 4, 2013
    80
    It serves us like a well-bound photo album which we can flick through and see snapshots of the band at certain moments in their short, yet successful, life so far.
  6. Under The Radar
    Mar 22, 2013
    75
    This is a superb record that harks to '80s indie pop with out succumbing to doe-eyed nostalgia, and evinces a sophistication in songwriter that augurs even greater things to come. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.99]
  7. 70
    The contents of Early Fragments display exactly what the cover promises: a beautiful set of songs that don’t quite fit together, more variations on a theme than a unified album.
  8. Mar 25, 2013
    60
    What I hear is basically a mildly enjoyable set of songs, whose lackadaisical delivery and spacey major second chords could easily accompany my Sunday afternoon nap.

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