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An ideal introduction to Goldfrapp...
on 7 February 2012
...though there's little on here for the fans, save for two new songs - "Yellow Halo" and "Melancholy Sky" but nowadays one can of course download these, without bothering with the full release. Indeed, at first sight this compilation may seem a little uninspired, even the cover art is basically just a collage of existing album sleeves. As a previous reviewer has already pointed out, this could have done with a bonus CD or DVD - after all, the group have plenty of remixes and videos to choose from.
Never mind, "The Singles" flows well as an album, in part thanks to its sequencing - based on mood, as opposed to being in chronological order. The CD shows off the sheer breadth of Goldfrapp's (delete as appropriate) coffee table/glam/folk/prog -tronica work. The difference between the "Felt Mountain" singles and the rest is particularly marked. Overall they are, in my opinion, an important electronic act.
The new tracks are both downtempo and, both produced by Flood. They are excellent but no real hint here, I don't think, as to any possible future direction the duo may be considering. The liner notes include full lyrics and production credits which is good to see, as such things are often omitted on "best of" LPs.
Largely this is one for the newcomers or the real saddos (who, me?!) who buy compilations of songs they already own. If you ARE a newcomer and you enjoy this then do buy the source albums as there's much more to Goldfrapp than just the singles.