It was only a year or two after disbanding when Fragments was recorded live. But the opening funk of the seventeen minute “Someone’s Secret” serves to illustrate how different the band was. Granted, a slew of electronic stuff washes up against the rhythms here, referencing the band’s earlier, exeperimental stripe. And as the track gets deeper and deeper into the improvised portion of its body, Agitation Free winds up regaining what once made it such an engaging act.
Unfortunate as it is, each of the four cuts here seem to require the ensemble to begin with some sort of ridiculous melodic figure in order for all involved to arrive at that jam around the same time. Eschewing the funk and new age rock stuff, Fragments isn’t bad, but those first two albums are boss.