Black Cherry

  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: May 6, 2003
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. 'Black Cherry' is a record that, like Lemon Jelly's sophomore effort, 'Lost Horizons', consolidates rather than defines but, when Alison gets her honeyed tonsils into the warm duvet-textures of the title track, the world can happily stand still for 5 minutes and we'll gladly give them another bite.
  2. Ultimately, Black Cherry lacks the unified flow of Felt Mountain, primarily because the band hasn't divorced itself completely from its past sound.
  3. Delightfully pushes boundaries.
  4. While Goldfrapp's new sound calls to mind the likes of the Human League, Donna Summer, and Soft Cell, it's more than the sum of those parts and benefits from much heavier beats than many of its apparent influences.
  5. If you can imagine Gary Numan, Prince and William Orbit teaming up to write and produce a record for Donna Summer, little on Black Cherry will surprise you.
  6. Black Cherry strips away almost all of the film score drama of Felt Mountain. This would be a bigger disappointment than it is if the album's dance-oriented, neo-new wave were less successful than it is.
  7. Jul 24, 2012
    80
    Goldfrapp know how to draw you in and, more importantly, hook you.
  8. Uncut
    100
    I doubt there'll be many better albums released this year. [Jun 2003, p.98]
  9. Mojo
    90
    Glazed soul music that's both lucid and ambiguous, that chimes simultaneously with Donna Summer, John Barry and Suicide, beautifully schizophrenic and poised on the edge of ruin. [May 2003, p.91]
  10. Blender
    80
    Although a few tracks retain Felt Mountain's eerie beauty, Black Cherry's natural habitat is less supper club than strip club, and Goldfrapp sound right at home. [May 2003, p.119]
  11. Rolling Stone
    80
    Black Cherry is both retro and futuristic, like vintage synth pop heard through a wall of distortion. [15 May 2003, p.134]
  12. Alternative Press
    80
    A menacingly sweet and sweetly menacing set of electro pop. [June 2003, p.109]
  13. Q Magazine
    70
    A record of jerky, twilit, hard-edged electro.... But for all its experiment and inconsistency, Black Cherry is still a thoroughly likeable album. [May 2003, p.101]
  14. Spin
    75
    Goldfrapp downplay the "cinematic" strings in favor of buzzing live-wire synths. [May 2003, p.116]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. AlexU
    May 6, 2008
    10
    Really the best of all 4 of their albums released so far, touches of Felt Mountain, mixed with some great dance tracks. Its a shame this is Really the best of all 4 of their albums released so far, touches of Felt Mountain, mixed with some great dance tracks. Its a shame this is the lowest ranked album of theirs that is recorded on metacritic because it really deserves more praise then supernature and seventh tree at the very least. Full Review »
  2. Sep 25, 2017
    9
    ugh, phenomenal.
    Goldfrapp's second record strays remarkably from the more low-key, primal vibes of the inferior Felt Mountain, and in doing
    ugh, phenomenal.
    Goldfrapp's second record strays remarkably from the more low-key, primal vibes of the inferior Felt Mountain, and in doing so brings a soon-to-be massive force in pop music to the forefront. Alison Goldfrapp's soaring soprano pairs masterfully with Will Gregory's inventive and sparkly electronic soundscapes throughout this album, which is filled to the brim with winning moments. standout tracks for me include the stunning trip-hop inspired title track, the grimy electropop stomper Train (which foreshadows much of the rest of this duo's rich discography) and the atmospheric Hairy Trees, which is so fantastic and lush that it could very well have fit on Dummy. a true winner.
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  3. Apr 18, 2014
    6
    Black Cherry has its moments, and those are generally when the songs are more active. The more toned down and more sonically spaced out tracksBlack Cherry has its moments, and those are generally when the songs are more active. The more toned down and more sonically spaced out tracks simply make the album a little bit boring. Full Review »