Fragments

Bonobo - Fragments
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2022 Ratings: #10 / 16
User Score
Based on 258 ratings
2022 Ratings: #11
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

Bonobo has constructed a bittersweet yet hopeful companion to this late stage of the pandemic, holding space both for grief and a blissful renewal.

100
The Observer

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.

90
Northern Transmissions

The album is so steeped in an optimistic and beautiful atmosphere that it practically reaches through your stereo speakers to, at times, gently caress you as well as leading you by the hand to the dance floor.

90
Exclaim!

It is an album to find love again; to reignite creativity; to regain hope; and to find connection.

80
Mojo

Green's production is expert ... but he knows when to pull back and let his vocalist take the foreground.

80
NME

His most engaging in a decade: soothing, energetic and just right for the current moment.

80
Loud and Quiet

Though there’s no drastic change to the Bonobo blueprint, it’s unlikely that you’ll find a track in which Green doesn’t sound equally masterful and laid-back in his craft, delivering his most soulful and slick efforts to date.

80
Clash

A work of subtle evolution, it’s a record that rewards repeated listens, with patience allowing these fresh elements to rise to the surface on an album that underlines Bonobo’s role as one of UK electronic music’s most consistent, and pervasive voices.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Fragments feels like the culmination of everything that Simon Green has been building up to over the last 20 plus years. A rich and cathartic release from a musician at the very top of his game.

70
Uncut

The down-tempo warmth, tasteful orchestrations and immaculate production are still a winning combination.

70
AllMusic

Fragments has more of a focus on club-driven material than Green's previous full-lengths, yet it's still composed and structured as a proper album rather than just a collection of tracks.

70
Gigwise

On Fragments, Green serves up a minimalist tonic for an otherwise bustling world.

70
No Ripcord

His is a clear journey that is easy to get lost in, bringing us a sense of optimism and wonder that floods us with radiant energy—trying to heal the scars that this pandemic has left in all of us.

60
DIY

When you want something with more heft, it’s a record that’s lacking. When that heft does roll around, it feels like a welcome slap to the face.

54
Pitchfork

As he evolves to match modern conceptions of chillout music, downtempo producer Simon Green lands on a sound that’s pleasant, current, and unoriginal.

50
musicOMH

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.

POPDESIGN
73

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gopxity
76

This is great house record! This whole project is very atmospheric with sounds constantly building off one another. I found the first half to be quite a bit stronger than the second half. I thought the production had much more energy and the vocal performances were excellent, whereas some of the tracks in the second half felt a little bit dry. However, there are still gems to be found in the back half including Counterpart and Day by Day, which was accompanied by Kadjha Bonet's beautiful vocal ... read more

Louis13
83

Bonobo's best album since 2010's 'Black Sands'. Excellent vocal samples and hypnotically repetitive beats that know when to evolve to avoid getting stale. I love how 'Shadows' and 'Tides' build around the incredible voices of Jordan Rakei and Jamila Woods respectively. From Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's gorgeous strings on 'Polyghost' to Joji's surprise appearance on 'From You', the features are consistently excellent. No doubt this will go down as one of 2022's best electronic albums.

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demonk
80

first time listening to this artist and most likely won’t be my last. I love the variety of sounds and beats on each track which truly bring out the grooviness of the album. That being said, some of the more “atmospherical” sounds seem to just be a copy and paste from every other chill/house album ever created. Yet needless to say, this is an awesome album.

TurtwigsTaste
64

Personally, I love chill music as it's the music I most often listen to so I thought this was going to be up my valley. Although there is some songs I enjoyed, this project was okay overall. Bonobo seems like a good artist as he does know how to construct great beats and I can see him being an amazing producer to some melodic singers, though by himself it's really hard to focus on this album.

Lots of the songs are perfectly arranged like Polyghost and Tides, then there are bland songs like ... read more

beekeeperbeats
75

man i really cannot wait for chill to stop being a lazy buzzword for bad. about to fly a plane into the new world trade center because pitchfork won't stop slagging off great electronic music just by saying "well it's not particularly fashionable, is it?" as if they won't be writing another "ten albums we wish we could change our minds on" piece in 2 years time

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Added on: October 6, 2021