Goldfrapp Black Cherry

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CD Details

  • Released: May 6, 2003
  • Label: Mute U.S.

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 5/15/03, p.134
4 stars out of 5 - "...Both retro and futuristic, like vintage synth pop heard through a wall of disortion..."
Spin - 5/03, p.116
"...Singer Alison Goldfrapp still wails like Kate Bush haunting a fog-soaked moor..." - Grade: B
Q - 01/01/04, p.76
Ranked #35 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums of 2003" - "[T]his is plump, overripe music that squelches and squeals deliciously."
Uncut - 01/04, pp.84-7
Ranked #34 in Uncut's "Albums Of The Year 2003"
Uncut - 6/03, p.98
5 stars out of 5 - "...Electro-funky and headily lovely, 'Crystalline Green' is just one of the album's several masterpieces..."
Magnet - 4/03, p.88
"...The synths are dank and gloomy, and Goldfrapp's sad-girl voice sounds suitably disembodied and ethereal..."
CMJ - 5/503, p.10
"...The mesmerizing arctic chill of FELT MOUNTAIN is gone, replaced instead with the leather, mascara, beats and muscle of BLACK CHERRY..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 5/03, p.91
4 stars out of 5 - "...[Goldfrapp] possess a masterful ear for stirring melodies, a healthy carnality and a furtive sense of humour that makes for rich, three-dimensional, six-sensual pop music that raises them high above many contemporaries..."

Tracks:

  • 1.Crystalline Green
  • 2.Train
  • 3.Black Cherry
  • 4.Tiptoe
  • 5.Deep Honey
  • 6.Hairy Trees
  • 7.Twist
  • 8.Strict Machine
  • 9.Forever
  • 10.Slippage

Product Description:

Goldfrapp: Alison Goldfrapp, Will Gregory.
Additional personnel: Adrian Utley (guitar, bass); Andy Davis (guitar); Mark Linkous (synthesizer); Charlie Jones (bass); Rowen Oliver (drums, percussion); Damon Reece (drums); Nick Batt, Rowan Oliver (programming).
Personnel: Allison Goldfrapp (vocals, synthesizer); Adrian Utley, Andy Davis (guitar); Nick Batt (synthesizer, programming); Will Gregory (synthesizer); Rowan Oliver (drums, percussion, drum programming); Damon Reece (drums).
Audio Mixers: Tom Elmhirst; Dave Bascombe; Allison Goldfrapp; Steve Orchard; Will Gregory.
Recording information: AIR.
Illustrator: Big Active.
Photographer: Polly Borland.
Arrangers: Allison Goldfrapp; Will Gregory.
A striking departure from Goldfrapp's well-received, cinematically atmospheric debut, FELT MOUNTAIN, 2003's BLACK CHERRY finds the British electronica duo cutting loose with a more energetic and dynamic set. The approach allows vocalist Alison Goldfrapp to indulge her inner Debbie Harry, while multi-instrumentalist Will Gregory playfully nods to 1980s synth-pop on saucy, percolating tunes such as "Crystalline Green" and "Train." Though many of BLACK CHERRY's tracks are geared toward the dance floor, particularly the glam-tinged "Strict Machine," the record still has relaxed moments, including the gorgeously swooning title track and the wonderfully dreamy "Deep Honey." Adding texture to the mix are top-notch auxiliary musicians, most notably Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous on synthesizer and Portishead's Adrian Utley on guitar and bass, resulting in a surprisingly layered album that truly works its magic with repeated listens. For those enamored of the group's club-friendly direction, Goldfrapp would proceed down a strobe-lit alley even further on this disc's follow-up, SUPERNATURE.

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  • Sales Rank: 117,499
  • UPC: 724596920626
  • Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
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