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If you want Goldfrapp in phasers-set-to-stun electro-disco mode, as on ‘Black Cherry’, ‘Head First’ and ‘Supernature’, it’s time to tune out now. This album is entirely in the psychedelic folk mode they went into on 2010’s ‘Seventh Tree’, with intensely personal songs – each one sung directly to a single, named person – built around a subdued palette of acoustic guitar, piano and strings. Although some of the arrangements and electronic embellishments are lavish, there are few obvious peaks and troughs apart from the epic throb of ‘Thea’. However, Alison Goldfrapp’s voice remains stunning, and her and Will Gregory’s songwriting is likewise still brilliant, and though the album requires commitment to appreciate it’s a worthy addition to their canon.
File under Intense balladry
Download 'Annabel', 'Thea', 'Stranger'
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