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3.82 | 288 ratings | 7 reviews | 28% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Blood on the Tightrope (7:19)
2. Anymore (4:37)
3. Crumbling Teeth and the Owl Eyes (6:42)
4. Red Light Escape (5:43)
5. Fractured (4:36)
6. A Thousand Shards of Heaven (12:17)
7. Battlefield (9:05)
8. Moving On (5:14)

Total Time 55:33

Line-up / Musicians

- Mariusz Duda / vocals, acoustic guitar, bass & piccolo bass, keyboards, synth programming, percussion

- Marcin Odyniec / saxophone (4,6,8)
- Wawrzyniec Dramowicz / drums
- Sinfonietta Consonus / orchestra (3,6)
- Michał Mierzejewski / orchestral arranger & conductor

Releases information

Artwork: Travis Smith

CD Mystic Production ‎- MYSTCD318 (2017, Poland)
CD Kscope ‎- KSCOPE498 (2017, UK)

2xLP Mystic Production ‎- MYSTLP 051 (2017, UK)

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LUNATIC SOUL Fractured ratings distribution

(288 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (20%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
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LUNATIC SOUL Fractured reviews

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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars LUNATIC SOUL the side project of the RIVERSIDE frontman has been around for almost 10 years now, hard to believe. This is album number five and I'm not sure where I would place this one when compared to the rest. My favourite by far is "Walking On A Flashlight Beam" but I'm so intrigued with the first three albums where the vocals were sparse and we had so much atmosphere and electronics. And the subject matter of those three only adds to the enjoyment as we follow this soul who has just died and his journey after that. True headphone albums and the second one "II" is my favourite of those. This latest one called "Fractured" seems to be a therapy album for Duda who had a tragedy in his life recently. Lots of vocals here giving the impression that this is the most commercial sounding recording of this project but this is far from being commercial 99% of the time.

"Blood On The Tightrope" is a great way to start the album and it's just outside of my top three. Sounds like a electronic rhythm to start as the atmosphere builds and the vocals and drums kick in. It's surprisingly aggressive before 2 minutes with vocal melodies then it settles back. Sounds like high pitched synths around 2 1/2 minutes. I like the piano a lot before 4 minutes bringing Kevin Moore to mind. A change 6 1/2 minutes in as a determined rhythm takes over and builds. Excellent track!

"Anymore" opens with beats, electronics and bass, synths too. It's kind of catchy as the vocals arrive. Man I get tired of that repeated line "You don't talk to me anymore" and yes that's the 1% that's commercial on this record. At least the instrumental part of this song is top notch. I like the synths before 3 minutes but I have mixed feeling over this one.

"Crumbling Teeth And The Owl Eyes" opens with keys, percussion and picked guitar as the vocals join in. A pleasant sound here. Some emotion 1 1/2 minutes in with the swelling synths and vocals. A calm with picked guitar 3 minutes in along with some vocal expressions. It kicks in after 4 minutes to a fuller sound. Man this is interesting to listen to after 5 minutes then the vocals return.

"Red Light Escape" starts with atmosphere and beats with vocals. Love when it turns more serious around 1 1/2 minutes then back to the vocals. That serious sound is back as themes are repeated. Sax after 4 1/2 minutes.

"Fractured" is a top three track. Beats and atmosphere as the vocals join in. Drums and bass too as we get this great sound a minute in. Love this one. So much going on 2 1/2 minutes in. So good! Active drumming after 3 1/2 minutes as the vocals become more passionate. It's brief though.

"A Thousand Shards Of Heaven" is my favourite song on here and it clocks in at over 12 minutes. Picked guitar I believe and strings before it settles and vocals join in around a minute. This is ballad-like but man I like it. So much emotion to say the least. Gulp. Love when it starts to pick up after 4 1/2 minutes with vocal melodies. Sax arrives 6 minutes in then back to the vocals before 8 minutes. Emotion once again before 9 1/2 minutes instrumentally. Ripping sax before 11 minutes and a fuller sound. Nice. It then calms down with sax and strings.

"Battlefield" rounds out my final top three. Deep pulsating sounds as the vocals and a beat join in quickly. The synths before 1 1/2 minutes are interesting as the vocals step aside. So much going on then the vocals return. Those synths are back as themes are repeated. Love the sound before 6 1/2 minutes with the vocals, synths and drum work.

"Moving On" ends it as we probably gather from this title that this album is about a broken relationship. Drums to start as vocals and synths join in. It's kind of cool the way this song sounds, it's in my top five with the opener. Sax late.

A beautiful album that is sparse and atmospheric. Easily 4 stars.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Depeche Prog? Yeah it does remind me of the good years of Black Celebration and Music for the Masses when I actually really liked what Depeche Mode was putting out. Also the songs are really good and consistent. I really enjoy every track on this album. Enough experimentation and good musiciansh ... (read more)

Report this review (#2937523) | Posted by altered_beast | Tuesday, July 4, 2023 | Review Permanlink

1 stars I think it is the first time I am hearing something that high rated here and hating it THAT much. I can not comprehend how this is considered to be a part of the greatest Prog site there is. Fractured is truly _repulsive_ album, which sounds like watered down Depeche Mode mixed with annoying electro ... (read more)

Report this review (#1818101) | Posted by Quizzus | Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | Review Permanlink

4 stars What's to be said about Lunatic Soul in general? It's a wondrous place where Mariusz Duda musically has a rest from Riverside. Sometimes he also takes a rest from progressive music at all in that magic place, especially on the two earliest albums (self-titled debut and Lunatic Soul II). Now, wit ... (read more)

Report this review (#1802575) | Posted by proghaven | Thursday, October 12, 2017 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Previous Lunatic Soul albums have been more atmospheric but Fractured is more up-tempo. With Mariusz Duda's wonderful vocals, the album would be closer to the Riverside sound were it not for the strong electro influence and, as previously, a wide range of percussion instruments being used. Duda is a ... (read more)

Report this review (#1802503) | Posted by CeeJayGee | Thursday, October 12, 2017 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Lunatic Soul's fifth outing finds the Polish wunderkind Mariusz Duda's at his best, creating a vivid tapestry of soundcapes while reeling from overwhelming loss, panic of mortality, fear, addiction, gut-wrenching grief... to construct some of the finest, most relevant, complex and heartfelt music ... (read more)

Report this review (#1801629) | Posted by Timdano | Sunday, October 8, 2017 | Review Permanlink

5 stars From Riverside's main DUDA personal band, which is their fifth album released. The difference between the band and Riverside is that they are more electronic and modernized from the beginning, out of the area of avant-garde metal. Perhaps in the first one is not obvious, but especially the fourth ve ... (read more)

Report this review (#1790870) | Posted by mitarai_panda | Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Review Permanlink

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