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  • Summary: The seventh full-length release for British electronic artist Simon Green as Bonobo features guest appearances from Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Kadhja Bonet, Joji, O’Flynn, Jordan Rakei, and Jamila Woods.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
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  1. Jan 18, 2022
    100
    With less dissonance and psychedelic experimentation than Jon Hopkins or Four Tet, Fragments may be too care-home comfort for some, but it’s brilliant, wondrous work.
  2. Jan 10, 2022
    100
    A masterpiece in wistful, cathartic electronica, his seventh studio album Fragments.
  3. Jan 13, 2022
    90
    He remains unchallenged when it comes to his ability to create organic sound that is at once full-bodied, warm, and filled with textures from around the world. Bonobo's growth, too, across the past two decades has seen a natural and consistent progression; each record building beautifully on the last. Fragments is no exception.
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    Jan 10, 2022
    70
    Fragments could have been made any time in the last 25 [years], yet the down-tempo warmth, tasteful orchestrations and immaculate production are still a winning combination. [Feb 2022, p.26]
  5. Jan 19, 2022
    70
    Green continues to take us on a steady ride on Fragments.
  6. Jan 13, 2022
    70
    His productions are just the right balance of lush and gritty, blending rich string arrangements by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and lovely harp playing by Lara Somogyi with modular synth swells and soulful organs.
  7. Jan 13, 2022
    50
    Fragments does not outstay its welcome, but only because it isn’t distinctive enough to be consciously welcomed in the first place. Recommended for owners of trendy cafes and companies in need of hold music.

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  1. Jan 14, 2022
    8
    Signature Bonobo sound, familiar from the first seconds you hear it.
    He’s playing safe and does what he known best for: masterful blending of
    Signature Bonobo sound, familiar from the first seconds you hear it.
    He’s playing safe and does what he known best for: masterful blending of warm dancy electronic with some ethnic and vocal pieces. Jordan Rakei track is especially beautiful.
    Solid 8/10
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  2. Jan 22, 2022
    7
    I've been a huge Bonobo fan since 2013, when I found myself at one of his DJ sets. I fell in love with his very unique sound, using bassI've been a huge Bonobo fan since 2013, when I found myself at one of his DJ sets. I fell in love with his very unique sound, using bass influenced grooves and melodies to drive the feeling of his music...

    While I do find this project to be playing it on the safe side a bit, Fragments does not disappoint. The features on this album are like if Simon asked me, "Who do you want to hear over my production?" Jamila Woods, Jordan Rakei, and Joji, all mesh so perfectly with his style and their voices blend nicely into the rest of the mix.

    The grooves on this album, while not overly experimental or groundbreaking, leave a lot to be discovered upon further listens of the project.

    I'm giving it a strong 7 to light 8
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  3. Jan 14, 2022
    6
    Bonobo is not re-inventing the wheel here but he's doing what he does best: creating atmospherical music, somewhere between Downtempo and Deep House.
  4. Jan 16, 2022
    5
    This is literally my new favourite song. I keep listening to it on repeat. just like a video over and over again. kind of like a lost of thingThis is literally my new favourite song. I keep listening to it on repeat. just like a video over and over again. kind of like a lost of thing in life. or maybe even life itself. www.journeynepaladv.com Expand