Goldfrapp

Silver Eye

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It's hard to figure out the duo of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory, known simply as Goldfrapp. It's also hard not to like them. Their ever-evolving career path has seen them not just drifting away from the dreamy electronic, cinematic ballads of their 2000 debut Felt Mountain, but taking some hard left turns over the course of five successive albums. Exploring sounds resembling electro-disco meets glam-rock and candy coated synth-rock vs. trip-hop, all the while racking up comparisons to Portishead and Björk.

The band's seventh album, Silver Eye, is somewhat of a rollercoaster of all their past persuasions tied up into a dynamic package with slick production. With help from new collaborators John Congleton (producer of St. Vincent, John Grant, and Wild Beasts), Bobby Krlic (aka The Haxan Cloak), and Leo Abrahams, Goldfrapp and Gregory explore the darker side of their glossy electronic dance music and richly layered sonic wallpaperings. Ms. Goldfrapp's ethereal voice acts as a common thread linking the tracks into a cohesive album, proving the axiom that the more things change, the more they remain the same.

The more upbeat "Anymore," "Systemagic," and " Everything Is Never Enough" most resemble the sharp-edged electro-pop of past efforts Black Cherry and Supernature but with a more brooding feel similar to "Personal Jesus"-era Depeche Mode. While slower, softer numbers "Faux Suede Drifter" and "Zodiac Black" are more of a subtly shifting collection of moody electronic texturescinematic in scope and reminiscent of Tales of Us and Seventh Tree. These tracks sometimes form shadowy soundtracks to mysterious worlds, but just as often provide a serene and majestic soundscape. Goldfrapp's beautiful voice shines with an echoing elegance, flawlessly shifting from disco goddess to mystical soothsayer, seamlessly fitting with the emotional energy of the music.

Silver Eye mesmerizes and dazzles with intricate and hypnotic electronic foundations adorned with waves of creative melodies and waiflike vocals that will melt your ears. Goldfrapp uses her distinctive voice in such a way that it sounds both pretty and hauntingly surreal at the same time, creating emotional songs with a layered and attractive sound justifying repeated plays that are more rewarding each time. (www.goldfrapp.com)

 

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