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Seventh Tree [Import]

Goldfrapp Audio CD
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After spooking casual fans with whip-cracking beats, mechanical melodies and the low grade S&M imagery of 2005's Supernature, Alison Goldfrapp and musical partner Will Gregory crawl out of their dark disco dungeon and run wild in the country with Seventh Tree. The duo's fourth album is a throwback to its moody debut, Felt Mountain, emphasizing gently strummed acoustic guitars and shy romantic melodies; sounding significantly more Joni Mitchell than Depeche Mode. Soft-focus ballads like "Clowns" and "A&E" swell with strings and bird noises, while the synth-heavy "Happiness" finds the group reconnecting with its electronic past only to redecorate it with rainbow tassles and pony stickers. But listen closely to the lyrics and you'll discover the old demons still linger beneath the luminous surface: "We can see you troubled soul/ Give us all your money we'll/ Make it better." --Aidin Vaziri

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U.S. Limited Deluxe Edition Two Disc set CD/DVD comprising a 10-track CD album, written by Alison & Will and recorded at their own studio deep in the English countryside. Bonus DVD (NTSC/Region 0) featuring a documentary, 'A&E' music video and a Q&A session, presented in card picture sleeves housed in a deluxe clamshell picture box complete with handwritten lyric book, fold out poster and postcards. If 'Supernature' was airbrushed in bold strokes of glitterball glamour, 'Seventh Tree' is its sensualcounterpoint as it emerges gilded in the butterfly colours of an English surrealism shared from Lear to Lennon; including the single 'A&E'. Mute. 2008.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Seventh Heaven Nov. 10 2013
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After the glorious synthpop plus of Supernature, Alison and Will continue to mine those spinal shivers with this emotive pastoral perfection. The duo continues to strive for something fresh and exciting, and it is only fitting that they should venture into more sedate territory. Little Bird, with its Beatlesque psychedelia and soaring vocal coda is probably the best thing they've ever done. Like Time Out From The World from Supernature, it is secure on my continuous playlist. Wonderful sounds and arrangements abound, and I have to say this album really highlights Alison's vocal prowess and versatility (has anyone else noted that hint of Norah Jones), never more impressive than on Road To Somewhere. Catchy tracks like A&E and Caravan Girl show that their clubbing sensibilities are not totally subdued, but this is really their meadow mellow, slow dancing album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feeling like i needed you June 5 2009
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I confess, I'm still getting used to the glitzy, glammy sound Goldfrapp had in its last album. Now it has gone to the other extreme -- floaty, instrumental pop.

Fortunately it doesn't take long to get used to this new style, because it fits Goldfrapp like a fine silk glove.The dancy electrobeats are translated into shimmering downtempo, the hard edges softened into acoustics -- it's a floaty, dreamlike, bittersweetly beautiful little album, full of swirlingly addictive instrumentation and wistful vocals.

It opens with the mellow rippling guitar, overlaid with an ethereal fog of sorrowful violins, a touch of synth, clips of birds singing happily. "Only clowns would play with dull balloons," Alison Goldfrapp sings in a girlish slur. It's pretty hard to hear what's she singing ("Roasting, roasting, roast indeed, mahogany"), but the exquisite quality of the music makes up for it.

This is where you know it's all going to work.

And she doesn't disappoint in the songs after, startling with the quivering synth and satiny vocals of "Little Bird" ("We dance by the sea/the land of blue and gold/is where we were free/do you lie, lie lie?") and catchy, sunny "Happiness." And it sets the tone for some of the songs that follow -- exquisitely sensuous pop melodies, odd chorale ballads, dramatic electronica, and the sprightly dancy chamberpop of "Caravan Girl."

The highlight has to be "A&E," a warm fragile little melody spun that ripples with piano and soft keyboard. And as the melody picks up into a swirling instrumental speckled with electronic blips, the tone turns a bit darker. "I was trying to phone you when I'm crawling out the door.... I was feeling lonely, feeling blue/Feeling like I needed you/Like I've woken up surrounded by me/A&E...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling like I needed you March 3 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I confess, I'm still getting used to the glitzy, glammy sound Goldfrapp had in its last album. Now it has gone to the other extreme -- floaty, instrumental pop.

Fortunately it doesn't take long to get used to this new style, because it fits Goldfrapp like a fine silk glove.The dancy electrobeats are translated into shimmering downtempo, the hard edges softened into acoustics -- it's a floaty, dreamlike, bittersweetly beautiful little album, full of swirlingly addictive instrumentation and wistful vocals.

It opens with the mellow rippling guitar, overlaid with an ethereal fog of sorrowful violins, a touch of synth, clips of birds singing happily. "Only clowns would play with dull balloons," Alison Goldfrapp sings in a girlish slur. It's pretty hard to hear what's she singing ("Roasting, roasting, roast indeed, mahogany"), but the exquisite quality of the music makes up for it.

This is where you know it's all going to work.

And she doesn't disappoint in the songs after, startling with the quivering synth and satiny vocals of "Little Bird" ("We dance by the sea/the land of blue and gold/is where we were free/do you lie, lie lie?") and catchy, sunny "Happiness." And it sets the tone for some of the songs that follow -- exquisitely sensuous pop melodies, odd chorale ballads, dramatic electronica, and the sprightly dancy chamberpop of "Caravan Girl."

The highlight has to be "A&E," a warm fragile little melody spun that ripples with piano and soft keyboard. And as the melody picks up into a swirling instrumental speckled with electronic blips, the tone turns a bit darker. "I was trying to phone you when I'm crawling out the door.... I was feeling lonely, feeling blue/Feeling like I needed you/Like I've woken up surrounded by me/A&E...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling like I needed you Feb. 26 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I confess, I'm still getting used to the glitzy, glammy sound Goldfrapp had in its last album. Now it has gone to the other extreme -- floaty, instrumental pop.

Fortunately it doesn't take long to get used to this new style, because it fits Goldfrapp like a fine silk glove.The dancy electrobeats are translated into shimmering downtempo, the hard edges softened into acoustics -- it's a floaty, dreamlike, bittersweetly beautiful little album, full of swirlingly addictive instrumentation and wistful vocals.

It opens with the mellow rippling guitar, overlaid with an ethereal fog of sorrowful violins, a touch of synth, clips of birds singing happily. "Only clowns would play with dull balloons," Alison Goldfrapp sings in a girlish slur. It's pretty hard to hear what's she singing ("Roasting, roasting, roast indeed, mahogany"), but the exquisite quality of the music makes up for it.

This is where you know it's all going to work.

And she doesn't disappoint in the songs after, startling with the quivering synth and satiny vocals of "Little Bird" ("We dance by the sea/the land of blue and gold/is where we were free/do you lie, lie lie?") and catchy, sunny "Happiness." And it sets the tone for some of the songs that follow -- exquisitely sensuous pop melodies, odd chorale ballads, dramatic electronica, and the sprightly dancy chamberpop of "Caravan Girl."

The highlight has to be "A&E," a warm fragile little melody spun that ripples with piano and soft keyboard. And as the melody picks up into a swirling instrumental speckled with electronic blips, the tone turns a bit darker. "I was trying to phone you when I'm crawling out the door.... I was feeling lonely, feeling blue/Feeling like I needed you/Like I've woken up surrounded by me/A&E...
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for the heart, not the feet!! Feb. 26 2008
By Nse Ette - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
UK glam electronic duo Goldfrapp is back, and with a new sound on their fourth album. Out go the stomping beats of the last two albums ("Black cherry" and "Supernature"), and in come lots of acoustic guitar against a chilled swirling ambient soundscape, a move sure to send those expecting disco lights and balls heading for the hills. Those who like Kate Bush, Kate Havnevik or Björk will be embracing this with maniacal glee.

"Seventh Tree" is the follow up to their UK #2 Grammy nominated album "Supernature". Right from the delicately strummed guitars, ethereal vocals and haunting strings of the percussion free opening cut "Clowns", the atmosphere is one of gently floating away. "Little bird" is folk/electronica with sparse guitars and electronic flourishes ebbing and flowing, and percussion filtering in towards the end.

"Happiness" features delicate percussion initially which builds up as the song progresses, it has a nice swinging feel and is one of a pair of (the most) upbeat numbers. "Road to somewhere" is a gentle acoustic ballad with lilting beats, a faint bassline and an almost Oriental feel. "Eat yourself" is another acoustic ballad with instruments gradually building up with angelic sounding harmonies. Similar is the shimmery "Some people".

Lead-off single "A&E" is a gently pulsing acoustic song which vaguely reminds me of Cyndi Lauper's "All through the night", albeit a more sombre version. Surprisingly, it has made the UK top 10, surprising as it is beautiful but so uncommercial. The sweeping "Cologne Cerrone Houdini" is a beautiful dreamy ballad that sounds like it should be the next James Bond theme song. The other upbeat song is the poppy Cranberries-style "Caravan girl" with gently jangly guitars (it's almost as though they are afraid they will wake you up), and closing is the gentle acoustic "Monster love" with swirling electronic effects and an almost hymnal feel.

Lots of haunting or angelic harmonies, a stripped down dreamy acoustic sound garnished with swirling synths and electronic effects. Goldfrapp have made music, not for the feet this time, but for the heart.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The evolution of Goldfrapp continues... March 4 2008
By Melissa Niksic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Goldfrapp never ceases to amaze me. Every album they release is drastically different from the last, and yet every effort from this band is superb. "Seventh Tree" is no exception. I think this CD marks the most dramatic shift in tempo and style for Goldfrapp, at least since "Felt Mountain." Gone are the days of crazy electronic synthesizers and intense dance beats. "Seventh Tree" is comprised of ten warm and mellow tracks that are perfect if you're in the mood to listen to something soothing and relaxing.

All of the tracks on the CD flow very well together. I especially like "Little Bird" (which, oddly enough, sounds like a John Lennon cover); "Happiness," a slightly more upbeat song with a hint of electronica; "Road to Somewhere," a fabulous driving song; "A&E," an upbeat yet mellow track; "Cologne Cerrone Houdini," one of the band's trademark breathy and seductive numbers; and "Caravan Girl," the most energetic tune on the album. Truly, though, there are no bad songs on this CD. Goldfrapp is fabulous and flawless, as always.

Also, be sure to shell out the extra couple of dollars for the deluxe version of this CD. It comes packaged in a textured cardboard box and includes a separate DVD with a short documentary film and music video, a poster, several postcards, and a tiny lyric book with awesome illustrations. Very cool indeed.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sound of Happiness! July 30 2008
By Know It All - Published on Amazon.com
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There are simply not enough words in the English language to describe how good this album is.

I had been thinking about buying a Goldfrapp album for years, but never took the leap. I came to them by way of Thievery Corp, Massive Attack, Potishead and Morcheeba, to name a few, but the heavy electronic sounds of albums 2 and 3 made me hesitate. I received notification about their Radio City show and decided to check their website out and was mesmerized by the loop that plays on the site. Clicked over to amazon and immediately downloaded this album. It has not stopped playing since! My classic rock husband is even a fan now.

You should not die without hearing this. It's summery and ethereal and just Happy! Each song is a work of art and I don't think there is a dud on it. Do yourself a favor and experience this album. Alison has a lovely voice.

Rather than Thievery et al, I would relate this album more towards a delightful mix of Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Pink Floyd and the Beatles with a tiny touch of the good aspects of Enya mixed in and the crescendo 'pop' song writing of Stretch Princess, although I would say it really is it's own thing and no copy of anyone else. I really find the songs emotional, lush and delightful.

I'm sorry that some people were disappointed with the album because of expectations of more dance music, but that is no reason to dislike this album for it's own strengths. Besides, they are kind enough to give us remixes of the songs to dance to.
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another classic. Feb. 27 2008
By Shane Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
So another Goldfrapp album is out and like clockwork, when Alison changes direction, she alienates legions of fans. This is nothing new of course. Just look at the reviews for Black Cherry from people who were huge fans of Felt Mountain. It cracks me up because these same people who are lambasting Seventh Tree right now, will be loving it in about 4 months.

People should be thankful Goldfrapp has given us another side to admire and indulge ourselves in. I didn't want another Felt Mountain, or Black Cherry, or Supernature. This album is what I wanted and before it was released I didn't know what I wanted from them. That is what's so great about Goldfrapp. You don't know what kind of musical ride they'll take you on next, but you best believe when it comes that it will be one of the best rides of your life.

So back to the album. This album is effing brilliant - dare I say before its time, like most of Goldfrapp's albums. It evokes memories of the Cocteau Twins (who I am a big fan of) circa Heaven or Las Vegas.

I plead to you people who would give this album a negative review - just wait for the initial shock of change to wear off, soak it all in, and then when the fog has cleared, come back and tell people how lush these soundscapes and alison's vocals are.

Fan's of Goldfrapp owe it to other fans of Goldfrapp. This is another one for the ages.
36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Fans of 'Felt Mountain' Feb. 26 2008
By Greg - Published on Amazon.com
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The world slows down and obeys the pace you've stumbled into. Weak stomachs, all encompassing warmth and the way she blinks her eyes; oh, the way she blinks. You're in love. Inhibitions bow and step aside as you two walk through the purity of the newness: the honeymoon period.

Over time this freshness subsides and affection gets lost in a labyrinth of comfort. The desire to impress morphs into a fear of complacency and before you know it, you've grown apart. You part ways and move on reluctantly only to run into each other years later and come to find things weren't really as off as they seemed. She's still got that blink you fell in love with.

Thus is my relationship with Golfrapp. "Felt Mountain", with its modern cabaret noir was so original, so new and around every turn never failed to consume me with its spell. Then astray they went into the disco electro-pop direction completely abandoning what so easily drew me in. "Seventh Tree" is a welcomed return to form and eases the strain of having lost Goldfrapp, though not enough to be completely convinced they're back.

The gentle strums of opener, `Clowns', sees Alison hunched over a microphone so delicately serenading over acoustic guitar and subtle string arrangements that you can almost feel her breath on your neck. Throughout "Seventh Tree", this extension of Felt Mountain adorns every track.

Where we see a progression is in the percussion and simple song structure. Songs like `Little Bird' spend their entire duration building to a powerful but understated drum climax. Others use electronic beats such as those used on "Black Cherry" and "Supernature's" more dance-inspired cuts but become slowed and turned down to give these tracks a strong pop feel. `Happiness' incorporates the electro-weirdout sounds that gave "Felt Mountain" its uniqueness, but here in moderation and to quite perfect pop dilution.

All said, "Seventh Tree" is beautiful pop holding most of its distinction in Alison Goldfrapp's voice. Will Gregory's production is at once reserved, but given a fair number of listens the way he underscores his muse's vocals is extremely satisfying. There is nothing groundbreaking here but, this guy at least, is so happy to be touched by what he fell in love with in the first place after such a long, uneasy absence.
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