- Summary: The sixth full-length release from the electronic duo is an cinematic-inspired album that will be accompanied by a film directed by Lisa Gunning.
- Record Label: Mute
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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Sep 9, 2013The delicate guitar and piano figures and the sombre languor of strings behind Alison Goldfrapp’s breathy vocals create something akin to a cross between the dreamlike mythopoeism of old folk tales and the lush cinematic arrangements of Michel Legrand.
MagnetSep 19, 2013Musically, it's their most ambitious release, with full orchestras and mysterious meditations of reality and fantasy. [No. 102, p.56]
Sep 10, 2013The formula for the new Goldfrapp Album is the following: FELT MOUNTAIN and SEVENTH TREE had a child who is a fan of Coldplay's PARACHUTES,The formula for the new Goldfrapp Album is the following: FELT MOUNTAIN and SEVENTH TREE had a child who is a fan of Coldplay's PARACHUTES, and while the womb, Orchestral Music was playing. The Results are simply Magnificent. After their 80 's influenced HEADS FIRST, it is good to hear the duo has returned to what they do best: Hypnotic Electronic Ambient Music.… Expand
Sep 10, 2013Wonderful work by the duo. Another dramatic turn of sound, taking them away from the 80's synthpop of Head First to this new sounds. Some sayWonderful work by the duo. Another dramatic turn of sound, taking them away from the 80's synthpop of Head First to this new sounds. Some say it is like a fusion of Felt Mountain and Seventh Tree, but I am not comfortable with that comparison. The song's are not as disjointed as Felt Mountain, nor as lush as Seventh Tree. They are menacingly sung haunting listens filled with character, haunting and beautiful.… Expand
Sep 21, 2013Goldfrapp return with their most breathtaking and mature album to date. You won't be disappointed by these inspiring and haunting songs.Goldfrapp return with their most breathtaking and mature album to date. You won't be disappointed by these inspiring and haunting songs. Having transformed once again into an entirely new beast, Goldfrapp dominate our senses with luscious melodies and sweeping strings. "Jo", "Thea" and "Clay" are the highlights of a very strong album which will surely be shortlisted for the Mercury Prize come next year.… Expand
Dec 28, 2014Musically and lyrically soulful where every track is beautifully crafted Stranger being my personal favourite.
Tales of Us is absolutelyMusically and lyrically soulful where every track is beautifully crafted Stranger being my personal favourite.
Tales of Us is absolutely spot on which made it my most played album in 2014.… Expand
Sep 14, 2013Ever since their 2000 debut album Felt Mountain fans have been yearning for a return to the creepy, melancholic sound that it presented. NotEver since their 2000 debut album Felt Mountain fans have been yearning for a return to the creepy, melancholic sound that it presented. Not to say any of the albums that followed were a disappointment. Time and time again Goldfrapp prove their artistic merit and relevance through experimentation, reinvention, versatility, and overall quality music making. Whether it’s the dark and gloomy trip hop and electronic cabaret of Felt Mountain, the electro glam of Black Cherry, the dance floor romp Supernature, the folktronic and ocassionally psychedelic Seventh Tree, or the shimmery 80’s synthpop of Headfirst. This album is easily the closest thing to Felt Mountain, but is never just a rehash of old ideas. Tales of Us successfully marries the chilly strings and overall tone of Felt Mountain with the plucked acoustic guitars of Seventh Tree. While borrowing these sounds from those previous efforts, Tales of Us undeniably stands apart and on its own feet.
The album uniquely provides character sketches of 10 individuals starting darkly with “Jo”. Circling vocals of “Run, you better run” swirl overtop a paired piano and bass subtly rocking back and forth. “Annabel” which is happily reminiscent of Felt Mountain’s “Deer Stop” starts with a plucked acoustic guitar, but unlike Seventh Tree the acoustic instruments don’t add warmth, and in fact the cold lullaby of “Annabel” builds by the end as the stings grow dark and loud. “Drew” also begins with cascading plucky Guitar strings, but sounds brighter and warmer than it’s predecessor. Occasionally being interrupted by booms from a cello and an undercurrent of lush strings that build as the song progresses. “Ulla” and “Alvar” sound more like Seventh Tree. The former taking cues from the more ambient middle of Seventh Tree (“Road to Somewhere”, “Some People”), and “Alvar” with light droning and skittish electric guitars is more reminiscent of Seventh Tree’s slight psychedelia (“Little Bird”, “Cologne Cerrone Houdini”). On “Thea” scattered frantic strings pop in and out of crunching footsteps, and eventually pulsating drum and bass, and a smashing snare. This is the danciest the album gets, providing the perfect synthesis of the dark forest aesthetic of the album with the bright dance floor lights of their past music. “Simone” is a dark lamenting song that drifts through a haunting atmospheric melody and builds with some slight percussion and strings. Amazingly mysterious and beautiful, the film noir “Stanger” sounds like the beautiful child of Felt Mountain’s “Lovely Head” and “Pilots” complete with a lonesome whistling refrain and cinematic strings. “Laurel” mixes the melancholic harpsichord and dark strings of Felt Mountain with the contemplative piano of mid section Seventh Tree beautifully, with brooding, lamenting vocals. “Clay” ends the album on a hopeful more uplifting note. Soaring vocals rise over fast, bright, fluttering strings with a slight synth undercurrent.
This album is definitely harkens back to the sound of Felt Mountain, but stands separately as its own body of work worthy of being recognized for its own accomplishments. Despite their changes in style there’s always something about their music that always feels Goldfrapp. Their evocative lyrics, and the cinematic quality of their music, are forever present on all their albums to date. This album is a masterpiece, and anyone interested in beautifully crafted, lush, and eerie music should definitely pick up this album… Expand
Jun 16, 2014Not the strongest Goldfrapp album, but still wonderfully composed and created. Though each song on the album is themed around a differentNot the strongest Goldfrapp album, but still wonderfully composed and created. Though each song on the album is themed around a different person they suffer from not having enough character or individuality.… Expand
Sep 26, 2013This record made me want to kill myself. It is SO BORING. Goldfrapp can do so much better than this. Can only imagine how bad the film isThis record made me want to kill myself. It is SO BORING. Goldfrapp can do so much better than this. Can only imagine how bad the film is gonna be. Yuck.… Expand
Awards & Rankings
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