Top positive review
Will and Alison in moody mode
on 11 April 2018
From 2013, Goldfrapp’s ‘Tales of Us’ is an atmospheric and rather low-key album, though a nice departure from the zap and pop of ‘Headfirst’, ‘Supernature’ and ‘Black Cherry’. Whilst it doesn’t quite match ‘Seventh Tree’ for overall charm or quality, this album is pretty consistent throughout, from the delicate, pulsing opener ‘Jo’ to the rhythmic closing ‘Clay’.
With plenty of light ethereal keyboards, acoustic sounds, and a smooth string section, the songs often seem submerged in water - or swathed in a mist through which Alison Goldfrapp’s beautiful voice emerges in whispers (especially in ‘Ulla’, ‘Alvar’, ‘Simone’ - and personal favourite ‘Stranger’). Only the more beat-driven ‘Thea’ breaks the fragile spell cast by the rest of the tracks.