Genre/Influences: Electro-Pop, Body-Pop, Future-Pop.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: “Faded Blossom” is the third full length album in less than four years released by the German trio Fractal Age. This band is now active for a few years and is now driven by Jens Minor (Chainreactor) and Sascha Tümmler.
Content: The debut work of Fractal Age was clearly devoted to Electro/Wave-Pop while the second one saw an evolution towards a harder Future/Body-Pop sound. These influences remain noticeable at “Faded Blossom” which is also revealing EBM elements. The debut part is driven by pumping kicks and carrying leads but quite progressively the band moves into softer fields. The last cuts are moving back to ‘harder’ cuts supported with an extra dark layer.
+ + + : The debut- and last songs definitely are the most noticeable ones. These tracks stand for what this formation does the best; a powerful Electro/Body-Pop sound driven by danceable kicks and solid, melodic, leads. I also like the few passages featuring robotic vocals.
– – – : I between the strong debut- and final part I discovered less inspired, softer, cuts featuring simplistic melody lines. It’s a kind of Dance-Pop sound for teenagers.
Conclusion: I have mixed feelings listening to this album which is switching between really great songs on one side and poorly, inspired and less mature songs on the other side.
Best songs: “Angel Or Bitch”, “Thunderstorm”, “Nicht Mehr Hier”, “We Have Arrived”, “Decisions”.
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