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Supernature
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2005
Goldfrapp's latest blends the lush soundscapes of Felt Mountain with the disco of Black Cherry and re-invents Glam Rock. Yes they've even got guitars (or at least something that sounds like a guitar run though the filters of all the worlds grungiest analogue synths). Alison croons through the tracks like a diva on spacedust while the synth textures and bleeps are driven by an assortment of 80's sounding beats all swirled up in magic sonic blender. "Ride a White Horse" is the best example of this, and you'll have heard "Oh La La" on a TV ad. If you're looking for the chill out of Felt Mountain that's here too on tracks like "Let It Take You". Superbe.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2005
Another complete and total belter from the Wonderful Goldfrapp. Why can't all cds give me the option of being surround by such gorgeous and head expanding sounds? I cannot recommend this release enough. If you're a fan of Glam Disco and you have a 5.1 system somewhere in your home (and let's face it any Tom, Dick or Harry can get Dolby Digital'd for a pittance these days), I suggest you buy this RIGHT NOW, crank it up and freak the neighbours out!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 2005
The Supernature album is - compared to most current popular music - an electric streak of eighties-revival originality despite the apparent contradiction.
However, a good album though it is, if it is compared to the previous Goldfrapp album (Black Cherry) it perhaps loses its shine.
The subtle yet daring lyrics as seen in "Strict Machine" are reflected though not overshadowed in "Ooh La La", and the musical accompaniment very much of a similar nature. The tune itself is racy and deep, but echoes too strongly with "Strict Machine".
Other tracks draw parallels with those on the previous album. "Let It Take You" is similar to "Black Cherry", a soothing chill track for those times when "Ooh La La" is a bit too much. However, where perhaps the music in this track is better, the lyrics on "Black Cherry" were metaphorically brilliant and this is unfortunately not the case in "Let It Take You".
However, I found the album most enjoyable. Within it can be found a specific genre given a full and broad exploration. It is totally different from regular popular music - Goldfrapp seem to be exploiting a very personal niche by bringing some of their tracks into the popular eye. I feel this is a good thing for them, but for the buyer who is looking for something more outrageous and fun as the previous album then perhaps a second thought is necessary.
If, like me you have a media player on your computer, then play both albums on the same playlist. They go together like non-identical yet similar twins, both higlighting pros and indeed cons of the other.
A confident and brilliant album, but not as breathtaking as "Black Cherry". 4 stars.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2005
The album is excellent. Why don't shops tell us that this Limited Edition disc is an SACD hybrid disc (will play on a standard CD player, an SACD player and also an SACD compatible DVD player)? The sound will blow you away! Also second disc has video with 5.1 surround sound (Dolby & DTS). Superb!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2010
'Black Cherry' was where I started with Goldfrapp, and this is a development from that sound. Unfortunately, it's a development towards a blander, less nuanced version, and towards a more polished electro-glam-disco type of thing. I guess Goldfrapp just wanted to have some fun.

'Oh la la' is indeed v groovy, and 'White Horse' and 'You Never Know' come close. Trouble is, when you go for pastiche, you sacrifice originality.

Lyrically, too, where 'Black Cherry' and - especially - 'Felt Mountain' were richly elusive and allusive, 'Supernature' goes in for more banal references to drugs and sex.

I still love 'em, and would rather listen to this than 99.9% of other product.

A further caution - the 'opendisc' edition I bought promises access to 'additional material', but due to some software glitch or other, the thing won't open on my computer(s), so this 'additional material' amounts to several minutes of (me) swearing.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2005
This great album is presented in 5.1 on both discs!!!!
In Dolby digital on the DVD - then again on the CD which is in fact an SACD/CD hybrid with a multichannel layer on it!
Home cinema/hi-res multichannel system owners rejoice.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2005
Listened to this a few times now and yes, it is a grower.
I loved Felt Mountain and was initially dissapointed by Black Cherry, but that too grew on me.
Supernature has its more melodic moments, and there are some awesome soundscapes throughout the cd, but very few of the soft, melodic tunes found on FM. Still, a couple of the tracks, number 10 in particular, hark back to those days but overall, more of a 'Black Cherry' than a 'Felt Mountain'. MR.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2005
I won't repeat whats been said in full other than to say this is a wonderfull Album (I bought it after hearing it once).
One small word of warning to iPod (and other MP3 players) owners though the CD uses a new copy protection that prevents the Album from being imported with iTunes or any other application I've found. In other words you can play it on your home/car CD player but it won't work on your iPod.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2011
Great album, which I would never have discovered if it wasn't for the Film Four 'great movies' advert which sampled the amazing (and album standout track) 'Time Out From The World', which is an amazing piece of pop music - very Bond-esque with its subtle tune and soaring lyrics. Terrific.

The rest of the album is as good - 'U Never Know' and 'Ooha LaLa' are great, so is 'Slide In' and 'Fly Me Away'. There is a clear 80's element/sound to the album (all electro and fuzzy) but touches of James Bond-theme classiness, which again I find really appealing. Also its great background music, which contempory chart music often isn't, as it allows you to drift in and out while listening, which in my opinion is the sign of great music. Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I will probably upset a of of fans but I prefer the exceptional "Felt Mountain" with its lush melodies and almost angelic vocals. I was disappointed when Goldfrapp failed to continue their journey in that direction and tuend to "popular". "Supernature" is part of a long slide downhill which was briefly arrested by the whimsical "Seventh Tree". It is not a bad albun but does not really appeal to me. I understand that Alison and Will are better known for their disco/club/dance type of music of which "Supernature" is a good example. For me "Black Cherry" is an excellent blend of "Felt Mountain" and the later material. Recommended only if you prefer the more frothy material from the duo.
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