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Tales of Us [LP+CD] [VINYL]

Goldfrapp Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (9 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00DB6256W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Jo
2. Annabel
3. Drew
4. Ulla
5. Alvar
6. Thea
7. Simone
8. Stranger
9. Laurel
10. Clay
Disc: 2
1. Jo
2. Annabel
3. Drew
4. Ulla
5. Alvar
6. Thea
7. Simone
8. Stranger
9. Laurel
10. Clay

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Goldfrapp's sixth album, 'Tales Of Us' was written and produced by band members Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory and was recorded at their studio in the English countryside.

A sumptuous body of work, Tales Of Us has been two years in the crafting and is their most narrative, cinematic and intimate recording so far. Nothing in their accomplished back catalogue has hinted at the new lyrical breadth that the band have introduced to Tales Of Us. All the songs bar one are named in the first person with a cast list of evocative character sketches, the contrary love affairs, the suspense, hallucinations, fairy tales and modern folklores documented and the traces of redemption they find in song take the poetry of Goldfrapp's delicately considered music somewhere brand new.

180gm, gatefold sleeve includes CD copy of the album and a 600mm x 900mm poster


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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Return To Their Original Sound 12 Sep 2013
By Adam Finn TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:MP3 Download
'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.

This is not a new concept album but Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory have returned to what they do best - whilst the record lacks a diversity in sound or pace it is entirely effective.

I finished this record with shivers. And a desire to tell a lot of people about it. To let people know that Goldfrapp are back.

Listen to: 'Alvar', 'Clay'
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Late Night Tales 9 Sep 2013
By Rough Diamond TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Us on vinyl 14 Jan 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
It arrived earlier than expected (just before Christmas) and included a cd in addition to the vinyl album which was an added bonus. Great album full of haunting but sweet melodies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great piece from Goldfrapp 8 Jan 2014
By JLet
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My husband loves Goldfrapp - took me to see her at Leamington Spa a couple of years ago - she is pretty marvellous. This album takes on a slightly different turn from her disco stuff and it works really well. Would love to see her again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, inspiring 13 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I fell in love with Goldfrapp's music about nine years ago and I love each and every album the band have produced. Tales of Us is very much a contender for the very best. I have listened endlessly to the album over the past week and I find the beauty of the music and lyrics absolutely stunning. All of the tracks offer something special and Alison and Will have obviously crafted this album with great care, love and attention. Never stop making great music Goldfrapp, my life just wouldn't be the same without your wonderful, inspiring music.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
By TCH TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
An outfit as schizophrenic as Goldfrapp are always going to divide opinion and sure enough those who liked the execrable Head First (which Alison Goldfrapp has gone on record as saying she dislikes) thoroughly object to the mature & low-key tone of this latest opus. Well as far as I am concerned they can eat bingo since this is a superb piece of work and is finally the album hinted at on 2008's "Seventh Tree". Alison sings beautifully with an ethereal undertow which occasionally brings to mind her work on Goldfrapp's classic debut, "Felt Mountain". The backing in the main consists of lush strings and acoustic guitar with the sole exception of "Thea" which lays down some fairly strident beats but nevertheless STILL manages to sound otherworldly! Be aware that this is not pop music, it is mood music but without the dodgy new-age connotations that might bring to mind. Alison is now into her forties I reckon she sounds much more comfortable singing this music which frankly is more appropriate to her age rather than trying to self-consciously sing over something more suitable for someone 15-25 years younger as she attempted to do on Head First with less than stellar results.

Rather than a collection of individual tracks the album works by slow osmosis until you are thoroughly intoxicated by the whole rather the sum of the individual parts (very rare in this iTunes age) and that is part of its overall strength. I hope after the misstep of Head First and perhaps Alison's realisation that going back to the disco is probably not what she or a large portion of her original fanbase (who'll also be in their mid-late 30's/ early 40's) would want that she'll continue in this atmospheric and introspective vein whilst continuing to evolve in the patented Goldfrapp fashion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album!
Published 23 hours ago by Axxx
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dreamy
Published 16 days ago by Jane Faires
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not her best album ever. Found it quite boring, and I love Goldfrapp. Delivery was fine.
Published 28 days ago by Robert Mayhew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tracks with lovely melodies and performances
Great tracks with lovely melodies and performances. Play it a lot at home and in the car (helps you relax and enjoy the journey)
Published 1 month ago by GraeT
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not their best work, but ok.
Published 1 month ago by M. Kalcik
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This is a stunning album! Hauntingly beautiful and perfect for a summers evening....love it!
Published 1 month ago by Justin Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely album
So talented.... I have Seventh Tree already which I love, if you like that you'll also love this...
Published 2 months ago by MarkR
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional rush
Fabulous, sensual return to their best. Allison's vocals are sexy and moving and a return to using stringed instruments rather than synths is very refreshing.
Published 2 months ago by flash daddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Goldfrap evolves.
As ever, the music development does not stand still (although I am getting tired of tuneful mumbles that blur the words). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Albey
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year for me
I've played this album so much since I purchased - that it has to be my personal No.1 album of 2013. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Angelique
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