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Tales Of Us

9 Sep 2013

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 9 Sep 2013
  • Label: Mute
  • Copyright: 2013 Mute Artists Limited
  • Total Length: 44:29
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  • ASIN: B00EO3408M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,753 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Sep 2013
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'Tales of Us' is the sixth studio album from the seminal Goldfrapp.

Looking at the spread of reviews so far (not just on Amazon) it seems that this record has divided opinion and for a band that has expressed such eclecticism in their career this is not too much of a surprise. As a return to their original Felt Mountain sound fans of the more upbeat euro-pop-synths (Head First) are ultimately left disappointed. This, in my opinion, is a great shame.

I have to admit my allegiance for now - I have always preferred the earlier works - this is the sound I seem to identify with much more. Rich textures of (sometimes cliché) arpeggiated guitar, sweeping synth and downtempo beats. A backing track that is reminiscent of the mystic escapism of Massive Attack draped in haunting poetic vocals.

Throughout this record there remains a folk undertone that mostly takes control of the lyrics and Alison Goldfrapp commands a brooding sincerity that acts as the backbone for the ambience. But the word ambience is perhaps too emotionally soft. Aside from a couple of less memorable tracks, the majority of the record is poised precariously in the more haunting side of chill. Icy, misty, foggy are words that come to mind. Evocatively cascading melodies print images of fairytale lands - the production in the English countryside bearing a clear influence on the production.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Rough Diamond TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Sep 2013
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Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory's sixth album is a huge stylistic leap away from their previous release, 'Head First'. Much less immediate than anything they've brought out since 'Felt Mountain', the subtle, seductive, understated 'Tales of Us' is nevertheless also possibly their most rounded and satisfying album to date.

Anyone expecting the poptastic sparkle of 'Head First' or the crunching Eurobeats of 'Supernature' will be bored to death. These are slow, reflective, late-night songs, whose sonic landscape is dominated by acoustic guitar, piano and lush, symphonic strings. Will Gregory's electronica is buried deep in the mix, contributing mainly at the level of texture and atmosphere. The producion is warm and velvety, but still with an edge of dark, slightly pervy menace. Alison Goldfrapp's smouldering vocals are a breathy delight, dripping with deep honey, and still capable of running an icy finger down your spine when she hits the higher registers.

So, the album sounds great, but what's probably most impressive about 'Tales of Us' is the lyrical sophistication of the songwriting, which is a quantum leap ahead of anything in Goldfrapp's earlier canon. The songs operate as oblique, crepuscular character sketches of broken, damaged demi-mondaine men and women. Across the span of the album they cohere together into the aural equivalent of some kind of a Euro film-noir - an impression further reinforced by the cinematic sweep of the music. It's an album that unfolds slowly, and which demands patience and close attention, but which won't let go once it has you in its sinister grip.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Sep 2014
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I start by confessing that I prefer Goldfrapp's more synth-based euro-pop music, when they sound like a cross between Pet Shop Boys and Kate Bush, rather than their more introspective, slower paced, acoustic guitar based music. Their album Head First is perhaps the prime example of their more boppy, joy-filled, up-tempo music, whilst this album harks back to the far more atmospheric and haunting Felt Mountain (a seminal album which I have always loved). Unfortunately, I hated this album when I first heard it, and initially I didn't go back to it. However, I then saw Goldfapp at the Hexagon Theatre in Reading earlier this year. The first half of the show was exclusively strings and acoustic guitar based songs, including several tracks taken from this album. The stage was then plunged into darkness and silence for a couple of minutes. There was then suddenly an explosion of light and colour, and the second half of the show was the more rousing pop canon of this band. Given that I'm a long time admirer of Goldfrapp, the concert encouraged me to go back to Tales of Us and persevere with it. I'm glad that I did, because this album is what one would call a grower, like, for example, Never For Ever by Kate Bush. These songs are tales of love affairs, with luscious strings and beautiful acoustic guitar riffs, with the occasional hint of electronica in the background, in a style reminiscent of Felt Mountain. Alison Goldfrapp's vocals are, as always, seductive, pleading, mysterious and magnificent. Nobody sounds quite like her, which I think puts her right up there with the likes of David Bowie and Kate Bush, or at another level, perhaps Marc Almond, i.e.Read more ›
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