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Black Cherry Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 13 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00008XERP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
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1. Crystalline Green
2. Train
3. Black Cherry
4. Tiptoe
5. Deep HOney
6. Hairy Trees
7. Twist
8. Strict Machine
9. Forever
10. Slippage

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Goldfrapp's Black Cherry inhabits a dark alley, bristling with urban menace and throbbing with a deep electronic pulse--a far cry from their breezy debut, which gently led the listener to a fairytale aural utopia occupied by Parisian pop, whistling divas and baroque masters. Having given up the countryside for a neon-lit studio, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory have infused Black Cherry with an intensity and brooding claustrophobia that's both exuberant and sensual. Simultaneously mellifluous and mechanical, tracks such as "Train," with its fiery industrial rhythm, steer Goldfrapp dangerously close to the ailing electro-clash scene, before veering back to more familiar territory with the likes of the sultry, downbeat "Black Cherry" and languid dreamy ambience of "Forever." Elsewhere our Hampshire-bred heroine gets deep down and dirty on "Twist," an ode to oral that finds Goldfrapp waxing lyrical to a fierce driving Kraftewerk-esque synth. No Felt Mountain to get lost in, but at least there's "Hairy Trees" to make up for it. --Christopher Barrett

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By A Customer on Nov. 5 2004
Format: Audio CD
Alison Goldfrapp is one of the female vocalists who is truly unique, whos music truly cannot be categorized into the generalizations called "Genres". In a world of the publicized antics of Britney Spears and her fellow expositionist/classless peers, Alison Goldfrapp stands out as a combinations of both culture and intelligence, as Rob Dougan and the Hartnoll brothers of Orbital in their prime did.
The first two tracks, "Crystalline Green" and "Train" combine the impact of sythesized beats with the voice of Alison Goldfrapp, which can be described as a deeper, younger madonna with more range and the ability to use it to its fullest.
The song "Black Cherry" is softer, almost like a lullaby, where fans of Orbital will recognize the almost hypnotic voice that was present in their album "Snivelisation".
"Tiptoe", although reminiscent of the soundtrack to dirty films in more than one part, is listenable, not because of the references that it brings, but because of its overall congruency, which is missing in almost every modern artist's music.
"Deep Honey" and "Hairy Trees", like "Black Cherry" are backed with a less imtense sythesized harmonys, and again, display Alison Goldfrapp's hauntingly attractive voice to its fullest extent.
"Twist" and "Strict Machine" are, in my opinion, the best tracks on the album and are pprobably the catchy work that Goldfrapp has done to date. They are "feel good" songs with references to the Risque, the suggestive.
The last two songs on the album, "Forever" and "Slippage" are more ambient, the latter having almost no sung "words" in it.
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I don't think it's possible for this CD's blend of techno, trip-hop, orchestral backgrounds and breathy lyrics to sound any more beautiful. I listened to "Felt Mountain" a while ago and maybe one or two songs caught my attention, but not enough to purchase the CD. I enjoy the synth-pop, trance-like sounding techno on "Black Cherry" infinitely more than the choice of music on Goldfrapp's previous album.
Just the other day I was admiring the music in the background of the new COKE commercial with Kate Beckingsale by the pool...imagine my surprise when I buy the CD and find the very song is #4- Tiptoe!
Some favorites (and it was hard to choose)are: #2-"Train" #3-"Black Cherry" #4-"Tiptoe" and last, the song that prompted me to buy the CD in the first place (It's on a compilation CD called "Ultra Chilled") #6-"Hairy Trees". The fast songs, for example, "Train" and "Twist" are extremely upbeat and undeniably sexy while the slower ones- "Black Cherry", "Hairy Trees", and "Forever"- have an enticing, sensual, mind-drugging effect which gives you chills.
Now when I go back and listen to "Black Cherry" for the hundredth upon hundredth time- I'll find a new favorite! This CD by Goldfrapp is simply amazing!
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My encounter with Goldfrapp is somewhat strange. I knew who they were from around the time they released their second album "Black Cherry" in April 2003. I had never actually heard one of their songs, however, and all I had to go on was hype. I put them to the back of my mind, but in the Christmas sales at the end of the year I saw this album on sale in WH Smith for £1.99! Yes, £1.99! I instantly picked up a copy and so did my mate and we bought it straight away, without ever having heard any of their music. I knew I was taking a gamble, but for £1.99, wouldn't you?! Even if I didn't like it I could always say I had a 'cool' CD in my collection...
I'm happy to report, therefore, that I didn't have to say this because Black Cherry is a simply amazing album that deserves more praise than it has received. I don't own 2000's "Felt Mountain," but I've heard it's good (maybe one day I'll buy it), but I'm currently too occupied with this album! Lead singer Alison Goldfrapp is a saucy and slinky dance-diva goddess of seduction who wraps her beautifully erotic vocals around the sexually-charged and smouldering lyrics of desire and passion. Will Gregory is on hand for synths and creates some of the most fantastically creative, albeit weird, blips and beeps that I've heard in a long time!
The album opens with "Crystalline Green." Opening softly and tightly with Alison's stop-start vocals, the song works its way up to bigger things and the last two minutes are really atmospheric with sighing and wide-open-spaces kind of music that drifts through space. "Train" converts this swiftly and soon enters a hard-hitting and relentless dance beat with a buzzing industrial noise that wedges firmly into your brain. Alison's vocals are seductive and filthy yet still remain classy - a fantastic album standout.
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I remember discovering Felt Mountain on an amazon.com listmania list, and eagerly buying it. And I remember listening to it, still being blown away after the 100th time, and wondering, "How can they possibly top this?"
Imagine my surprise when I played the preview clips for Black Cherry! I must admit at first I was furious, fearing that Alison had sold out and become another dance-pop has-been, but I read some reviews, thought a while, listened to the clips again, and decided, "Well, it's still Goldfrapp, let's give it a whirl." Now that I've heard it in its entirety, I can appreciate Black Cherry.
Granted, it's not as good as Goldfrapp's debut (but really...any artist who can produce one record like that in their career can hang their coat up), but it's growing on me. Discarding the heavy 40's cabaret atmosphere she was known for, Alison Goldfrapp is immersed in layers of electronic (some deliberately kitschy) blips and beeps. Listening carefully, I could detect hints of Felt Mountain and figured that this was just another side of Goldfrapp we haven't seen before. I won't review each song individually, because other reviews have done that already, but I have to say that "Hairy Trees" is by far the best song on the entire album. The layering of Goldfrapp's voice, the timeless beats (they're neither the moody 40's or brassy 80's style, but rather timeless and otherworldly), everything about the song just fits to make this a high point.
As I close this review, I have to remind everyone who refuses to accept this album: remember when Radiohead released Kid A, and the controversy surrounding that?
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