Though her collaborations with Tricky, Orbital, and Add N To X focused on the sheer beauty and power of her singing, on her debut album Felt Mountain Allison Goldfrapp also explores more straightforward styles. Together with composer/multi-instrumentalist Will Gregory, Goldfrapp wraps her unearthly voice around songs that borrow from '60s pop, cabaret, folk, and electronica without sounding derivative or unfocused…
Goldfrapp fans know to expect changes from album to album, but the switch in direction between Head First and Tales of Us is one of the duo's most drastic about-faces. Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory's sixth album trade the neon nostalgia of Head First's synth pop for a subtler, more complex sound that evokes Felt Mountain's lushness and Seventh Tree's acoustic confessions. Tales of Us could be seen as a cross between those two works – and Goldfrapp have certainly covered enough territory that they could live out their days making hybrids of their earlier music – but there's more to the album than that.
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.
Although admittedly a posthumous release, I was very surprised at the rather dismissive tenor of many of the reviews of this album to date. Hopefully this record will be reappraised soon as being a release worthy of anyone's consideration as I feel it does enhance an already rich legacy left behind by this very fine and innovative band. (So what if Charisma wanted to ride the slipstream of the lucrative ELP juggernaut?)
Essential: A masterpiece of psych-rock music collection.
Vanilla Fudge are a pioneering psychedelic band with a superb lineup and are famous for psyching up well known cover versions. Their debut albums features some of their best and most popular material such as the stunning' You Keep Me Hanging On', 'Eleanor Rigby' and 'She's Not There'.
Collection includes: Felt Mountain (2000); Black Cherry (2003); Supernature (2005); Seventh Tree (2008); Head First (2010).
Titled `Wonderful Electric - Live In London' the DVD features two very different sold out live London shows, one from the dates surrounding the latest album `Black Cherry' and one from the time of the debut album, `Felt Mountain'.The 2 Disc set features Goldfrapp live at Somerset House in July 2003, a wonderful open air concert in the courtyard of one of London's most beautiful buildings and a live show from November 2001 - part of a series of three sold out shows at the Shepherd's Bush Empire.