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New Zealand native Brooke Fraser's literate lyrics and wistful melodic bent show an increasing maturity, while her sweet, slightly aching voice conveys fragility with great underlying strength. Fraser moves beyond the introspection of 2006’s Albertine to paint more diverse portraits and scenes. Her musical palette is rich and diverse — “Jack Kerouac” percolates with Afrobeat guitar lines, providing contrast to the glistening arctic tones of “Ice On Her Lashes.” A rush of happiness animates “Something In the Water” (a head-over-heels love tune) and “Coachella” (a buoyant celebration of unity through dance and music). Love of a more complicated kind is explored in the tormented yet melodically graceful “Who Are We Fooling” (a duet with Aqualung's Matt Hales). Fraser snatches hope out of pervasive darkness in “Crows & Locusts” and offers a character sketch of a lonely woman in “Betty.” Her Christian outlook shines through in the moody, Daniel Lanois-like title tune. Taken in sum, Flags is an exceptionally intelligent, emotionally resonant work in the best singer/songwriter tradition.

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First things first....

First of all....let me start by saying, "Shame on you!" to the reviewers who have both insinuated and outright stated that they think Brooke is not using her "God-given" potential properly. It is both short sighted (and frankly, scary) to state that believers should only use their gifts in "churchy" ways that only other believers will hear. God wants His kids really salty and shaken generously over a decaying world. Thank God Brooke is jumping outside the shaker and showing gently and artfully how a believer acts in everyday circumstances. Please...whoever thinks she should restrain herself to "worship" songs only...read Roaring Lambs (and some Tim Keller and C.S. Lewis while you're at it). This lovely collection has inspired me to make sure that my gifts are honed so they can be ready for whatever season God says I'm in...whether it be inside the church walls or outside. Go ye into ALL the world.....remember that part?

That being said...these songs are nice, interesting and fun. Great and awesome? I don't know about that - - but they're certainly a good stretch past where she's been and something interesting from an artist whose work I greatly appreciate.

A Real Artist

I love it when I come across a true artist, writing honest songs with production that supports THE SONGS. There is such a big difference in this and most of what the industry is pumping out these days. Oh yeah, AND Aqualung? NICE!

Flags is a must. See each song rated by me...

Oh, Brooke Fraser, you make me so happy.
Love the CD. You might as well buy it. You'll be glad. So here's my personal run-down of the album. All songs are definitely way quality.
Something in the Water - 9.5/10 - It says, "Let's go on a happy picnic and spend the rest of our lives together." 1:55 fav. part.
Betty - 7.5/10 - background light-hearted jam
Orphans - 9.5/10 - a powerful love warfare
Who Are We Fooling - 9/10 - Smooth. Beautiful. Enchanting.
Ice Lashes - 8/10 - Lovely. Haunting imagery.
Coachella - 9/10 - Sunshine!
Jack K. - 7.5/10 - Paul Simon and Mojitos.
Sailboats - 8.5/10 - Midnight romance.
Crows and Locusts - 10/10 - Epic. Dare I say anointed?? Yes. My personal favorite. XOX.
Here's to You - 8.5/10 - Over the Rhine on a good day.
Flags - 8/10 - Raw, hopeful. Over the Rhine largo. What they do best. The prophetic build 3 mins in is the best part.

Thanks Brooke! You're amazing. Come sing at Bethel in Redding. Please. Love.

Biography

Born: December 15, 1983 in Wellington, New Zealand

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Brooke Fraser translated her pensive and intelligent folk-pop into massive commercial success, emerging as one of the best-selling New Zealand singer/songwriters in history via her 2003 debut LP, What to Do with Daylight. The daughter of Bernie Fraser, a onetime star with the New Zealand All Black rugby squad, she was born in Wellington on December 15, 1983, and studied piano from the ages of seven to 17. At 12, Fraser composed her first original song, and a few years later she taught herself guitar....
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