This is the first goldfrapp album I have heard, so I can't shed much light on how this compares to this artist's other work, but this album excels with respect to the types of synth and percussion sounds used (very tasteful and satisfying) and a well-exucuted and consistant sense of style. Despite being an electronic sounding album, all of the tracks are really pop music at heart, with generally well-constructed - and in some cases oustanding melodies and arrangements (see "Ride A White Horse"). Fans of Ladytron, Bjork, and post-Eno Roxy Music will love this. During my first listen to this, I was completely transported and infatuated with the icy-smooth sonic world of this album - I was dancing around my apartment rather embarrassingly. It sounds so juvenile, but you somehow feel cooler listenning to this than in normal life. Then I listenned to it again the following morning, and the vividness of that world had somehow faded. I began to see that this is an album that succeeds when it builds an illusion. But illusions, unfortunately, aren't built to last and where this album is concerned, the illusion dissappears upon paying close attention to the lyrics. While Goldfrapp is adept at the use of some clever turns of phrase and some ambiguous innuendo, there is really nothing deeper that I could discern here. It's alot of fun and super-cool but there's no meat. This is not an album that was built to last, and I don't think that Goldfrapp will change my life in any significant way, but it's a wonderful bit of fluff, and I remember how much fun it was to live in that world, if only for a brief moment.