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5 stars Fragmentropy is more than a worthy successor of Psychoanorexia. It actually takes t's music to a higher level. Although there is a huge amount of stylistic parallels to other t albums, Fragmentropy is simply better than everything he has done before: The melodies are even more catchy. The arrangements are even more detailled. The production sounds even tighter and also more dynamic. His singing is also more emotional and versatile... and so on.

The album has three chapters, and it can be heard very much like you would watch a movie or read a book. The music and the lyrics (brilliant! don't miss out on the lyrics!!!) tell a story in hints and allusions that leaves a lot of interesting gaps to fill in for the listener. It seems to be a love story, but with t, who could tell exactly...

The music itself creates loads of tension. I have listened to Fragmentropy about 20 times now, and I still find myself enthralled start to finish when the cd plays, and I always find more details, twists and turns, that I seem to have missed in the runs before. This is one of the albums that grows on you, that does not become boring after a few runs - yet catches you from the beginning by means of the melodies.

t offers a lot on Fragmentropy: classic prog, neoprog, progmetal... there are more than hints of The Cure here, next to The Smiths and Nine Inch Nails... I am still not sure whether the Flower Kings-like passages are included as a parody or as hommage... could be both... and not least, there is a subtle sense of self-irony and humour in everything that makes it all the more worthwhile and mature.

To me, the best album in 2015 so far. 5 stars - and I mean it.

onlineman | 5/5 |


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