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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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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 ›
Another track that stands out for me, is track one, especially when those sounds kick in. (you'll know the high pitched sounds) Simply put, I understand most people enjoy "Paper Bag" and one or two other, simple, nice, Bond-ish, (call it what you will) beautiful tracks. I like those tracks as well, but this album has a handful of tracks that feel too much like fillers, (even if some were special to the creater/singer) especially compared to track 8, followed by track 1 and/or 2. I understand everyone has their own opinions, but most people know when a track jumps out and graps you, not letting you go. Track 8 has an amazing, different, sexy, sound and feel to it, something I wish Goldfrapp will uniquely create more of eventually; the original, beautiful stuff that takes you out of this world like they pulled off in Utopia.
Quick but not direct comparison: The first album by the once great "Enigma," still holds up today because ALMOST every track was great for its time, or good.Read more ›
With her sensual voice, and mystical music, Goldfrapp is one of the rarest best artist I have ever listened to. This music is sort of beyond classification, and a an awing factor that I have not seen since the likes of Bjork. As the true genre of electronica should be, Goldfrapp's beautiful voice, and music has uncanny instruments being used as riffs and beats a union of amazing, luminous, unexplainable beauty.
Don't believe any reviews that say this album is an instrumental mess, because it blends together being inventive, peculiar, and outright brilliant simultaneously. This beauty last through the creepy down tempo entrancing Paper Bag, to the mystifying space landscapes of Pilots, the big band tropical feel of Human with it's catchy and seductive arrangements that will have you belly dancing. The circus side show song Oompa Radar makes for a strange experience. The opera vocals and faster tempo trip-hop like song Utopia brings only euphoria with its lovely music and intriguing lyrics.
My only disappointment is that Goldfrapp decided not to display her full range and power on many of her songs. I guess this would inevitably strip it of its rareness and sensuality that it so cleverly displays. Even though every song will not leave you in awe, most will leave you breathless. So, my true rating can't be over a 4.5.
Still, this is one of my favorite albums of all time.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is VERY SAD, I have to write about it. I giving this album 2 stars for a couple of reason. First, this is a great album, I have nothing to complain about the music, but sadly... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jonathan Dorval
I really liked this CD. alot, but it's not as good as i expected. Supernature and Black Cherry are just wonderful. Read morePublished on April 15 2006
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2004 by ital_m_24
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... Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by Liz
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 morePublished on Feb. 3 2004 by gonn1000
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 morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by christopher velz
Summing up from the other reviews here, you can expect an album that sounds like jazz-tinged noir-ish 1960s French film scores. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2003 by Christopher Schmitz
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 morePublished on Nov. 23 2003 by Jason