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Goldfrapp's 5th album on Mute!.
It gives me hope as a man over 40 that Alison Goldfrapp is 47 and her musical partner Will Gregory is 53. There again he did play in Tears for Fears so he’s no spring chicken. Sadly though, all this googling them means that I need to inform Phil that Alison is now dating a lady. It’s best that he knows now rather than keep harbouring the hope that they might get together one day.
Like me, Goldfrapp seem to improve with age. I was never that into their disco-y type stuff. This album is a very slow burner full of folky guitar and Goldfrapp’s breathy vocals. All the songs seem to be girls' names which is not the only comparison I could make to Bat For Lashes. Opener ‘Jo’ (Hi, Jo!) begins with a neat little piano sample with strings adding to the sense of mystery, the track gets better and better as it goes on - as a second vocal comes in it's hard not to think of Kate Bush, but when the vocals intertwine at the end it's heaven for my ears.
Lead track ‘Drew’ is truly gorgeous, I was about to suggest that the tagline for the record could be "like Kate Bush singing the Nick Drake songbook" then this really sounds like Nick Drake. It has the eerie menace of the string arrangements which exactly recall Robert Kirby’s (I’ve mentioned him twice today). It's all perfectly produced although towards the end the melody does recall ‘Strangers in the Night’. The album continues in this low key vein, even when beats appear as on ‘Alvar’ they are nicely understated my only concern is that Alison’s high pitched vocals are starting to grate after a few tracks. It's a little polished and samey in places but it's a beautifully produced and beautifully melancholic effort.
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