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4.0 out of 5 stars
Goldfrapp reach a Plateau, 1 Sept. 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.