"After months of online buzz and anxiously awaited leaked copies, the arrival of Hawken's latest album has not disappointed the high expectations that preceded it.
Over the last four years Hawken's self-produced and engineered style has met with uniformly enthusiastic reviews and left thousands of heads bobbing in his wake—'Fragments in the Abstract' arrives as a must-have disc for digital aficionados, jazz purists, and hip hop collectors.
Fans and critics alike often describe his unique blend of electronica, jazz and funk as Nine Inch Nails without the seething rage—but even this vivid description fails to fully capture the sonic range of Fragments.
Although Hawken's intricately layered sound and expertly woven tempos bring to mind a happier incarnation of Reznor, Fragments stands apart on the strength of its melodies, which surge from tightly wound on the infectiously catching "Opportunist," to soaring in the instantly memorable "Want and Should (Are Two Different Things)."
Like many great songwriters before him, Hawken's voice is a crucial instrument on most tracks, especially amidst the simmering bassline of "A Step Into the Furnace."
Hawken also demonstrates an eye for contemporary social commentary with "You," a biting look at celebrities who use their fame to champion political/social causes that are more fashionable than rational.
Despite his relatively young age, Hawken has laid an impressive cornerstone on which to base future efforts. Among music blue chips, Fragments is in very rare company."
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