Supernature - Goldfrapp

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. This is so good it makes us want to do one of those superlative deploying pull quote things that journalists often stick at the end of their reviews: this fantastic piece of work is already a strong contender for album of the year.
  2. Supernature sounds brilliantly here and now. Less coldly perverse than Black Cherry, it's also a lot of fun. [Sep 2005, p.110]
  3. With the mesmerizing Alison Goldfrapp leading the way, a glam-rock fierceness reigns supreme throughout this stunning collection.
  4. As accomplished as Black Cherry was, Supernature completes the suspected evolution from the quasi-avant-garde stylings of old to intelligent, sophisticated pop music.
  5. 88
    Supernature will not assist you in unlocking life's great mysteries, but for a good bout of fashionable rutting, well... [#19, p.90]
  6. Her lyrics bring a hint of sadness to the space-dusted disco tunes. [10 Mar 2006, p.68]
  7. Goldfrapp inject more than enough of the 21st century into what they do to avoid being thoughtless rip-off merchants.
  8. "Supernature" is the rarest of records - one which arrives late in the life span of a genre but defines it so completely and perfectly that a full stop can be placed right there.
  9. Goldfrapp continue with their brand of polished, highly catchy pop music introduced on their previous effort. [#12, p.91]
  10. 80
    There is no great leap into the unknown here, but rather a fusion of the band's previous two records. [16 Jul 2005, p.50]
  11. 80
    [A] near-flawless suite of deep, dark and powerfully sexy tracks. [Apr 2006, p.112]
  12. As delightfully stylish and immediate as Supernature is, it's still hard to escape the nagging feeling that Goldfrapp could make its ethereal sensuality and pop leanings into something even more compelling.
  13. In its sound and influences, this picks up where Black Cherry left off, but whereas that album smacked of corroded innocence, Supernature fizzes like spacedust on your tongue.
  14. 80
    Goldfrapp is the rare dance art-pop band that bleeds artistic integrity without looking back to the '80s for inspiration. [#71, p.98]
  15. Supernature is their most radio-friendly work yet.
  16. Plenty of these tracks keep feeling like exercises: too thick and melodic to work like dance music, but with melodies that refuse to stick as satisfyingly as pop.
  17. 70
    Black Cherry this ain't, then. As a companion piece to its genius predecessor, though, Supernature iis planty to be going on with. [Sep 2005, p.108]
  18. Toxic and delicious, Supernature will make you do bad things -- and like it.
  19. A more ambitious, punchier take on that electro-pop retro fetishizing at which Brits excel. [Mar 2006, p.138]
  20. An air of pretentiousness definitely sits over Supernature, but this is a rather enjoyable work that surpasses most material of a similar nature.
  21. Supernature picks up where its disco-pop predecessor left off, augmenting the remaining traces of Felt Mountain's ambience... with swathes of glam-rock and stabs of tinny new wave.
  22. It's a curious, rather than classic, record - with the hooks to make the leap to the mainstream, but with enough residual oddness to maintain Goldfrapp's air of mystery a while longer.
  23. Although Supernature lacks the imagination of Felt Mountain and the saucy brilliance of Black Cherry, it doesn't pander to the pop crowd.
  24. The super-synthetic ethos of the album starts to rub against your skin; the band's retro dance-music collage feels less like innovative referencing and more like flat pastiche, and the simplistic little-girl lyrics add nothing.
  25. The songs aren't bad, but there’s a loss of personality in the grooves.
  26. 58
    The beats are so simplistic that their minimalist repetition occasionally teeters over into redundancy.
  27. So the form of vaguely electroclash pop delivered with frighteningly robotic efficiency has been mastered, but the content itself is the problem.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 45
  2. Negative: 6 out of 45
  1. Dozirulf
    Oct 23, 2007
    Supernature is absolutely fantastic. Anyone who claims that Goldfrapp were trying to be commercial just for the sake of selling CDs doesn't realize that people can enjoy (and enjoy creating) more than just one or two styles of music. :P Full Review »
  2. Dec 8, 2013
    A triumph and potentially their best known work. Each track has this touch of disco-revival as well bringing modern elements. Download: Satin Chic, Number 1, Ride a White Horse, Ooh La La. Full Review »
  3. Nov 3, 2010
    A big improvement over black cherry a very contagious kind of music, everyone I've introduced to this music has fallen in love with this album, it's a shame not that many people are familiar with this duo. At least not in this part of the world. They are amazing. Full Review »