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  • Summary: Produced by Dreamtrak, the latest release from the British quartet was inspired by Princeton professor Daniel T. Rodgers' book of the same name.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Feb 4, 2014
    80
    Ultimately, with The Age of Fracture, Cymbals turn disconnection and dystopia into danceable fun.
  2. Jan 23, 2014
    80
    Debut ‘Unlearn’ showed promise but Age of Fracture is that promise realised and then some.
  3. 80
    This record is fun with a capital ‘F’, but there are moments of gravitas too. Not easy to do, that.
  4. Jan 23, 2014
    70
    The movement towards synth pop is arguably a risky one, especially considering how congested that particular market is already. Yet, Cymbals show enough promise on The Age Of Fracture to suggest that they are in it for the long haul.
  5. Feb 5, 2014
    70
    Despite the loftier academic allusions, the band’s music is most affective when dancing on the peppier side.
  6. Mar 12, 2014
    67
    The strategically elusive songwriting and well-curated nostalgia quotient are almost enough to make disconnectedness sound fun.
  7. Feb 10, 2014
    55
    The problem plaguing The Age of Fracture is inconsistency; the filler material is unmemorable and a little bland.

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  1. Feb 21, 2014
    9
    One of the better albums I've heard early on in this 2014. Tracks like "You Are", "Empty Space" and my personal favorite "This City" are as catchy as they come. I like to base the best albums of the year on their "completedness" and when it comes to The Age of Fracture, it's as complete an album as they come. You won't find many if any "filler" tracks on here like you tend to see so often nowadays. This is the type of work that you can play through and not worry about constantly hitting next. They do a great job at blending quirky electronic pop with the occasional sincere, chilled out jam like "This City". If you can appreciate strange synth pop with a slightly retro feel, this is the album for you. Expand