Though they’ve never made the jump into the mainstream consciousness, Charleston, S.C.-based quartet A Fragile Tomorrow have been kicking around for more than a decade. Started by brothers Sean, Dominic and Brendan Kelly in 2003 (Shaun Rhoades rounded out the lineup three years later), A Fragile Tomorrow have honed their craft opening for the likes of Indigo Girls, Matthew Sweet, Toad the Wet Sprocket and Antigone Rising.
They are are hoping that fifth full-length “Make Me Over” will help them take the next step up the career ladder. It’s the long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s well-received “Be Nice Be Careful, ” but pales slightly in comparison to its predecessor. The 13-track, 49-minute collection of alternative rock is perfectly serviceable but not the type of record you’re likely to think about once it stops spinning.
There are some nice moments to be found here — A Fragile Tomorrow are effective on “Make Me Over (Noddy Holder),” “Tie Me Up Again,” “One of Two, Two of Three,” “In My Mind,” “Siouxsie” and “Can’t You Hear Me” — and those alone make this an album that is worthy of some attention. Unfortunately there are no songs on “Make Me Over” that have me thinking bigger and brighter things are in store. (Jeffrey Sisk)