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Felt Mountain [Import]

Goldfrapp Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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You might expect the debut album from a woman who has collaborated extensively with Tricky and Orbital to be both wondrous and strange--and you'd be right to. What you might not expect is the depth of Alison Goldfrapp's beguiling, distracting 21st-century noir visions on Felt Mountain. She and her fellow composer Will Gregory can mix in Brechtian cabaret; classical instrumentation; left-of-field electronics; decadent, Gainsbourg-style French pop; and the odd piece of whistling on just one track ("Felt Mountain"). "Oompa Radar" almost reaches Tom Waits heights of infamy from the way familiar instruments come together in such a simultaneously comforting and alienating style. The baroque "Paper Bag," meanwhile, uncannily recalls Joe Meek's toy-town visions of 1960s grandeur. All this and a seductive vocal to die for. --Everett True

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By sask
Format:Audio CD
It just takes one listen to Alison Goldfrapp's seductive voice to fall under her spell. It all sounds nice and comforting, but once you notice the lyrics of the songs and hear the unorthodox musical flourishes on Felt Mountain, you realise you're in for a slightly more twisted musical journey than you had expected.
A spectacular combination of myriad styles, ranging from Shirley Bassey, John Barry, Bjork, Portishead, Angelo Badalamenti, Burt Bacharach, and Kurt Weill, Goldfrapp and composer Will Gregory have put together an album that sounds oddly familiar, yet highly original. When Goldfrapp starts singing the jazzy chorus to 'Human ("are you human/or a dog"), it sounds like a lounge act from another planet.
Along with 'Human', the dark, sultry 'Lovely Head' ("Frankenstein would want your mind/your lovely head"), the bitter 'Paper Bag ("brown paper bag makes for a hat/when it rains on your head mate/cheers for that"), and the more conventional-sounding 'Pilots' kick off the record in fine fashion. However, the next three songs, the spacy, often indecipherable 'Deer Stop', the gentle, processed yodeling and dreamy scat singing on the title track, and the bizarre brass band flourishes on 'Oompa Radar' all take you into a musical twilight zone, where no musical influence, however odd, is safe.
Felt Mountain's brief sidetrack into the realm of the extremely eccentric sets you up for the album's finest moment, the utterly beautiful, yet sinister 'Utopia'. Over a steady beat and lush instrumentation arranged by Gregory with operatic backing vocals, Goldfrapp sings "I forget who I am/when I'm with you/there's no reason/there's no sense" before gently intoning "fascist baby" in the chorus.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Work Backwards April 15 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I really liked this CD. alot, but it's not as good as i expected. Supernature and Black Cherry are just wonderful. so if you happen to want to get into Goldfrapp don't work backwards or else this won't be appreciated for how good it really is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Utopia includes Goldfrapp Sept. 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
Alison's Goldfrapp's voice is just amazing. Nice collection of smooth, entrancing songs, just don't expect anything upbeat like the "Black Cherry" CD. Highlights for me include Lovely Head and Utopia (Lovely Head is featured in the film "My Summer of Love" and is where I was introduced to Goldfrapp). If you like more upbeat danceable tunes, go for their next CD (Black Cherry). This is an amazing CD to lounge back and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly an amazing experience June 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
I had been EXTREMELY into Goldfrapp's singles Twist and Strict Machine for about 9 months before I even considered checking this CD out. People told me this album was really really strange - and while that's not a reason to avoid it, I did. However, I listened to Utopia which had originally been just ok in my opinion, and it COMPLETELY envloped me in it's beauty. I watched the video for Human and fell in love with Human. I had to buy this CD - so I did. I must say, in my opinion this CD is one of the best CD's out there. It's truly amazing.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars mediocrity at its best! May 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sorry to be the dissenting opinion here, but this album is not that great. Allison Goldfrapp is unconvincing, and lacks the charisma to be heard over this overproduced and highly derivative mess. High-tech glitchery and slick production (yes, even horn sections and strings) can never make up for weak songs and a weak performance. Must I remind you all of some of the formerly successful members of this lame music genre; Deep Forest, Enigma, Dead Can Dance, Enya, and Portishead, to name a few. This is commercial pop music for the middle-aged. Yawn. Skip this and go strait to Bjork's album Vespertine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talk About Your Androids' Dream... May 11 2004
By Liz
Format:Audio CD
I got this album after hearing one of her tracks on a TV commercial. At the first listen, I thought, "This is a nice enough album. A little eccentric in spots, but I like that." At the second listen, I already had gotten hooked on certain parts of some of the tracks. By the third listen, I was completely addicted. Now I can't stop listening to it!
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Goldfrapp SHOULD focus on... REVIEW on Felt Mountain...
Solid Review: Without a doubt, track 8, "Utopia," is unquestionably the best track on this album! It is an incredible, beautiful, unique, lush, emotional (emtional: interpret as... Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraodinary, Extraordinary
I came across this album while performing searches within the electronica category. I first read the reviews, which intrigued me enough to get the album. Read more
Published on March 22 2004 by Rain
2.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt But Uneven
Goldfrapp`s debut is interesting at parts yet as a whole one feels it could have achieved more. The combination of trip hop, cabaret music, electronica, pop and torch songs is... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004 by gonn1000
4.0 out of 5 stars yodel-aaa- ee- hooooooo
This is good. A girl sings. Superbrain has a cameo. A.G. sits on a woodpile. W.G. shows the back of his head. Balanescu plays. The mountain looks like a...well, like a... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by christopher velz
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Old, Something New
Summing up from the other reviews here, you can expect an album that sounds like jazz-tinged noir-ish 1960s French film scores. Read more
Published on Dec 25 2003 by Christopher Schmitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous
This is the most amazing debut album. The writing is incredible and the result is euphoric. In my top 5 list of all time, VERY near the top! Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2003 by Jason
I would pass Goldfrapp a million times in the record store, laughing at how ridiculous her names sounded, until I began to read the almost flawless reviews on "Felt... Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2003 by D. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush, Intoxicating, Aural Soundscapes....
With a voice to rival such exalted females singers such as Beth Gibbons (Portishead), Björk, Moloko, Norah Jones et all. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003 by fetish_2000
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