“Brutal Romantic” marks a huge departure from Brooke Fraser’s earthy singer/songwriter roots. It instead shares its heritage with the minimalistic production of Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” and the jazzy hip hop fusion of Kimbra’s “The Golden Echo”.
Electronic elements dominate the album’s 10 tracks, with a more stark and cold feel throughout. What warmth remains is carried in Fraser’s vocals, which are soulful and smooth. The song writing is top notch, and Fraser’s gift for writing catchy melodies is not lost.
However, if you’re a fan of her earlier, acoustic dominated sound, you may find “Romantic” a bit out of your comfort zone.