Fragments of Freedom

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Never quite at home with their trip-hop pigeonholing, British trio Morcheeba were already moving away from the gloomy world of groups such as Portishead and Tricky on their insidiously catchy sophomore release, 1998's Big Calm. Fragments of Freedom continues that trend with 12 songs that draw more from the great African-American music of the past 30 years -- hip-hop, R&B, funk, and disco -- than from their moody knob-twiddling British contemporaries. Conjuring up sunny slices of the Staple Singers, Grandmaster Flash, and Chic, the trio offer scratchy funk guitars, cooing backup singers, and multilayered horn blasts alongside their turntable scratches, analog ...
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Barnes & Noble - Michael Endelman
Never quite at home with their trip-hop pigeonholing, British trio Morcheeba were already moving away from the gloomy world of groups such as Portishead and Tricky on their insidiously catchy sophomore release, 1998's Big Calm. Fragments of Freedom continues that trend with 12 songs that draw more from the great African-American music of the past 30 years -- hip-hop, R&B, funk, and disco -- than from their moody knob-twiddling British contemporaries. Conjuring up sunny slices of the Staple Singers, Grandmaster Flash, and Chic, the trio offer scratchy funk guitars, cooing backup singers, and multilayered horn blasts alongside their turntable scratches, analog keyboard wiggles, and atmospheric soundsculpting. Lending Morcheeba some hip-hop credibility are appearances by Biz Markie, Bahamadia, and Mr. Complex, while honey-voiced Skye Edwards sings sweet-tipped messages of love and self-determination with an ethereal charm. Breaking free of the sampler's grip, Morcheeba have crafted a joyous tribute to their stateside heroes with breezy songcraft and hip-grinding grooves.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Even though Morcheeba were one of the later, straggling entries in the trip-hop phenomenon, their previous albums succeed because of the interplay between Skye Edwards' sweetly sensual, airy voice and the band's correspondingly mellow grooves. Their third album, Fragments of Freedom, scraps most of their signature sound for experiments in R&B, acid jazz, and hip-hop. It's certainly understandable that the group would want to move away from the dead-and-buried trip-hop sound that defined them originally, and now Morcheeba are using bands like Brand New Heavies and M People as sonic templates instead of Tricky and Portishead. The opening track, "World Looking In," ranks among their finest, and the steel drum instrumental "A Well Deserved Break" is pretty and refreshing. "Shallow End" boasts a lilting, seductive melody that showcases Edwards' voice instead of fighting against it, and the title track is a pleasant enough piece of trip-hop pastiche.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2000
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 643443113724
  • Catalog Number: 31137

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Morcheeba Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Paul Bevan Recorder
Biz Markie Rap
Weston Foster Background Vocals
Steve Gordon Bass Guitar
Derek Green Background Vocals
Dee Lewis Background Vocals
Steve Sidwell Trumpet
Tony Wall Background Vocals
Mario Castronari Double Bass
Bahamadia Rap
William Lyons Recorder
Steve Bentley-Klein Violin, fender rhodes
Paul Godfrey Percussion, scratching, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ross Godfrey Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Clavinet, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Analogue Synthesizer, Hammond B3
Paul Jason Fredericks Background Vocals
DJ First Rate scratching
Joy Rose Background Vocals
Natalia Bonner Violin
Noel Vine Violin
Dan Goldman Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Stuart Edge Flute, Saxophone
Fimber Bravo Steel Drums
Technical Credits
Paul Bevan Engineer
Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer Composer
Derek Green Vocal Producer
Peter Norris Arranger, Producer
William Lyons Engineer
Paul Godfrey Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, beats
Ross Godfrey Arranger, Composer, Producer
Skye Edwards Composer
Chris Harrison beats
Chris "Pitta" Harrison beats
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