“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.


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