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Bacharach inspired "Felt mountain" minus the techno....,
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This review is from: Tales of Us (Audio CD)
Goldfrapp albums can be hit and miss if you consider IMHO the fairly ordinary "Head first" follow-up after the rather good "Seventh tree". Thankfully "Tales of us" charts a course clear of the overly disco "Head first" and revisits "Felt mountain" but in a more thoughtful, melodic and languid way. All of the rudimentary Goldfrapp elements are in place from that great debut - the breathy, otherworldly, whispered vocals, lush orchestrations and lingering 'to die for' melodies. Reviews so far are mixed however I feel this is the best Goldfrapp release since "Felt mountain". It is most definitely a grower with the emphasis clearly on mood and scene setting as opposed to dance and beat, The addition of strings and acoustic guitar bring real warmth and ambience to the electronic washes of sound from Will Gregory creating a slow burning serenade for spending time with someone special in the wee small hours. Lovers of previous techo offerings from Goldfrapp may not like the change hence the "disappointed" reviews. To these ears the retro step is actually a march forward. Tracks like 'Alvar', and 'Stranger' are standouts but the ultimate jewel here is the breathtaking smoulder which is "Laurel". This is sophisticated, adult music making which just oozes class and sex appeal. More please!