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  • Summary: The sixth full-length studio release for the Alec Ounsworth indie rock project was mixed by John Agnello.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Feb 11, 2021
    80
    While one can certainly hear touchstones echoed throughout New Fragility, it has the singularity and focus of one artistic voice.
  2. Feb 11, 2021
    80
    Throwing a light on the minutiae of his fraying psyche doesn’t always make for the easiest of listens. No longer buoyed by adolescent concerns, Alec Ounsworth may not be in the happiest of states. But if you heed closely you’ll hear the sound of one man’s combing for moral redemption amidst societal and individual collapse. And that deserves applause.
  3. Uncut
    Feb 11, 2021
    80
    New Fragility is emotionally fraught but musically generous. [Mar 2021, p.28]
  4. Mar 12, 2021
    70
    His performances are impassioned, though sometimes slightly tedious, adding strings and keys over scruffy folk-rock. Ounsworth even alludes to his past brush of fame on CYHSY, 2005, though what we really get are broad, everyday depictions of the mundane.
  5. Feb 17, 2021
    64
    On the whole, Ounsworth’s candor gives New Fragility a necessary charge as he leans into balladry.
  6. Rolling Stone
    Mar 4, 2021
    60
    His warbled ballads are teeth pulls, but his crisp, catchy alt-pop zone outs remain undeniable. [Mar 2021, p.73]
  7. Feb 11, 2021
    50
    Winding orchestral flights propel ‘Innocent Weight’, in part redeeming an effort that covers little in the way of new ground, while timely lyrical takes command attention yet lack the frequency to shake off neighbouring songs sinking under their own unwieldy mass.

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  1. Feb 18, 2021
    9
    There's a lot of unexpected storytelling here, Ounsworth's songwriting is in a different mode. Yes it's a ballad album, but I still loveThere's a lot of unexpected storytelling here, Ounsworth's songwriting is in a different mode. Yes it's a ballad album, but I still love everything about it. Anyone who likes the more experimental or truly 'indie' side of indie rock would do well to check it out. He's come a loooong way from CYHSY circa 2005. Expand