|1. Lovely Head|
|2. Paper Bag|
|5. Deer Stop|
|6. Felt Mountain|
|7. Oompa Radar|
|9. Horse Tears|
Lovely Head (9/10) - The first single with a very strange video (it has 2 videos, both very strange). Great opening track. The whistling in the beginning really does add to the song. Overrall a great chill song.
Paper Bag (10/10) - Absolutely gorgeous song with a genius intro. This is probably tied with Horse Tears for the most emotional song on the CD. Very very chill song that could easily induce tears. One of the best on this CD.
Human (10/10) - Another genius intro (GREAT video too!) - This track really builds up over the entire course of the song, climaxing at the last chorus. It's the most upbeat song on the CD with a mix of electronica and big band sounds. The big band sounds have a very James Bond quality to them, mixed with the violins of course. It sounds like it could actually BE IN a James Bond movie. An AWESOME track and one of the best songs on this CD.
Pilots (10/10) - At first I didn't really like Pilots but now Pilots is seriously one of my favorite Goldfrapp songs. Accompanied by a very original (and great, of course) video, this song has strange lyrics that fit extremely well. Very, very chill song. The chorus on Pilots is beautiful. The violins in this song are eerie, alluring, and gorgeous all at once.Read more ›
It's mellow *and* dramatic without being >ahem< melodramatic. The vocals range from extremely intimate, for-your-ears-only, and childlike, to operatic and machine-filtered. The lyrics are somehow very affecting despite (or because of?) their frequent nonsensical quality.
There is a nice blend of organic and generated sound in the instrumental layers. (It's often difficult to tell which is which.) There's probably nothing that would have prepared me for the eclectic mix of styles, such as the tuba/polka sounds of "Oompa Radar."
Overall, a perfect album for summer listening.