This is the place where peace exists
Hello, I am Flint and I am the largest Fragments fan in the world.
I can’t for the love of me understand the people who dislike it. Let’s count the awesome things together:
1) the beat. The erratic mechanical beat, constantly erupting into random offshoot moments.
2) the ethereal, dreamy, morning haze atmosphere
3) the keyboard melodies. Oh god the keyboard melodies.
4) the soaring middle section that separates the two dreamy halves of the song
5) that, uh, harmonica-like synth thingy that’s going on throughout the song
I also like the Patrick Jones half of the lyrics (Nicky’s brother co-wrote, or rather gave some random lines he had written before to his poems, the song). Sure, any given day I could argue about the silliness of “tiny massive hands” etc but they work in the atmospheric context of the song. My main annoyance with the Patty half of the song is that it doesn’t really play along the Nicky verse stylistically or subject-wise. Although at the same time I quite enjoy how the song’s lyrics become a whole load more direct as it progresses, from the first verse’s abstract nature to the trauma-witness and almost forgiving tone of the latter half of the song.
The demo version/alternative mix of this, if you can find it from somewhere, is also worth a hear. It’s staggeringly different in tone: the drum section is slightly yet noticably different, relying more on real percussion instead of the electronically assisted ones of the final version, the keyboards have gone through some changes, the atmospheric haze is gone for almost the whole song and James’ guitar is more audible. It does give the song a noticably different tone. It was audible on the Patrick Jones video for the song that was never officially released, and apparently there’s an extremely rare CD with the alternative mix versions on it. I’ll link to the youtube upload of the Patrick video.
But yeah. As usual with Lifeblood, perfection.