New Zealand artist explores new territory

Brooke Fraser, a New Zealand native from Hillsong United, branched off again and released her fourth solo album “Brutal Romantic” on Nov. 18.

Most college-age Christians are familiar with Hillsong United’s worship songs sung by Fraser such as “Hosanna” and “Lead me to the Cross” with their well-known melodies and lyrics.

“Brutal Romantic” has already received praise from peers and other public figures in the arts and entertainment world, such as Joel Houston and Jason Kennedy, a correspondent and host on E! Network. While Fraser’s past albums have been closer to folk music, “Brutal Romantic” is full of electronica and slow melancholy ballads.

Reinventing herself from the sweet, mellow singer New Zealand has known her to be, the album captures a darker side of Fraser.

“Psychosocial,” the album’s first single, is one of the edgier songs on the album. Its lyrics are inspired by stalkers on social media and the dangers that come from them. While the meaning of the song is dark and intellectual, its rhythm hooks listeners in with its low bass tones and hints of piano.

If students want something smart and entertaining to listen to without foul language, “Brutal Romantic” is sure to meet those expectations.

The album can be purchased on iTunes for $9.99.

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