Goldfrapp â€“ Supernature / 2006 Mute / 11 Tracks / http://www.goldfrapp.co.uk / http://www.mute.com / Reviewed 25 March 2006
There are multiple styles that influence Goldfrappâ€™s â€œSupernatureâ€. At some point, the vocals during tracks like â€œOoh La Laâ€ mix together Kylie Minogue and Madonna, while the instrumentation is a blend of organic, rock, and alternative musics.
â€œLovely 2 C Uâ€ is another slice of smart British pop, with enough synthesizer present in the track to excite even the most fair-weather fan of electronic music. The tracks run well into each other, but there is no problem isolating one or two tracks and pushing them forth as singles. What is amazing about â€œSupernatureâ€ is the fact that individuals can turn on â€œOoh La Laâ€ and listen all the way through the disc, until the final song (Number 1) and feel as if this is a forty-five mite mix CD. Everything is chill and laid back; this is â€œVeryâ€ era Pet Shop Boys instead of the 300bpm sweat-dance tracks that dominated the late nineties. â€œU Never Knowâ€ is a track that has nearly the same overall sound as the rest of the tracks on â€œSupernatureâ€, but the backing beat is what really changes the context of the track. This means that â€œU Never Knowâ€ is a song that relies on much more of a triphop style.
This triphop gambit pays off well for Goldfrapp, as individuals hear something that is essentially a 180 in regards to the music that was previously on this disc. This trend continues with the drum beat for â€œLet It Take Uâ€, a Spartan track that will lull listeners in and then strike at all the right times. Goldfrapp is not cut from the same cloth as the rest of the UK divas; there is a solid musicianship behind every one of the tracks during â€œSupernatureâ€ that actually overtakes Alisonâ€™s vocals in prominence a number of times during the disc. â€œFly Me Awayâ€ is a perfect example of one of these tracks where the instruments surpass the vocals; the intricate lines present on the track will bring tears to listenersâ€™ eyes even as Alisonâ€™s vocals slyly lay over the instrumentation. Each of the songs on â€œSupernatureâ€ could make it onto a mix CD, and it is this dedication to each and every song on this disc that will most likely make this disc fly off the shelves. The style that is approached may sound a little old, but the basic fact about Goldfrapp is that the band is talented enough to reach even to the current day.
Top Tracks: U Never Know, Ooh La La