Seventh Tree [Bonus DVD]

Seventh Tree [Bonus DVD]

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After spending years on the dancefloor with Black Cherry and Supernature, Goldfrapp takes a breather with The Seventh Tree. Allison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory slow down the beats and break out the acoustic guitars on a set of songs that suggest chilling out in a field during a hazy,See more details below

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After spending years on the dancefloor with Black Cherry and Supernature, Goldfrapp takes a breather with The Seventh Tree. Allison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory slow down the beats and break out the acoustic guitars on a set of songs that suggest chilling out in a field during a hazy, watercolor summer; this is music for after the party, not after-parties. "Clowns" opens the album with finger-picked acoustic guitar, bird songs, and Allison's nearly wordless vocalizing, making a statement that's bold because it's so gentle -- the effect is like stepping out into a sunny morning after spending all night in a club. At first, it's a shock, and then it feels great. Avoiding the glammy dance-pop of the duo's previous two albums is a bit of a risk, since Goldfrapp could probably make endless variations on "Ooh La La" and still have plenty of fans. However, The Seventh Tree isn't so much a radical change for Goldfrapp as it is a shift in focus; even if it doesn't sound glam, it sounds glamorous. Sonic luxury has been the only constant in the duo's sound, from Felt Mountain's darkly lavish soundscapes to Black Cherry and Supernature's decadent dance hits, and there's plenty of it here, too. This is not Goldfrapp Unplugged, although acoustic guitars and strings waft in and out of the album effortlessly -- if anything, The Seventh Tree's electro hippie-chic is the duo's most polished and luxe work yet. "Little Bird"'s psychedelic trip-hop builds to a majesty that recalls "Strawberry Fields Forever," buoyed by layer upon layer of guitar, vocals, sparkling synths, and a massive, rolling bassline. "Caravan Girl" is some of Goldfrapp's finest escapist pop, capturing the irresistible appeal of running away with big hooks and an even bigger Wall of Sounds backing them up. Allison uses her voice more beautifully and expressively than she has since Felt Mountain, especially on "Eat Yourself" and the Air-esque "Cologne Cerrone Houdini," where her upper register shines. Goldfrapp expands their emotional palette as well as their musical one on The Seventh Tree, digging deeper into the vulnerable territory they explored with Supernature's "Number One." On "Monster Love" and "A&E," where Allison confesses "think I want you still, but it may be pills at work," the duo pulls off the confessional, folktronic singer/songwriter style with more flair than their peers. "Happiness," on the other hand, offers some surprisingly cheeky irony, pondering how to find "real love" (answer: "donate all your money") while coming across like a cheery cult anthem about trading your worldly possessions for colorful robes. With all the sounds and feelings The Seventh Tree explores, it's clear that Goldfrapp doesn't miss the style the pair perfected on their last two albums, nor should they -- this is some of their most varied, balanced, and satisfying work. [The Seventh Tree was also released with a bonus disc that included a documentary about the band, an interview with Will Gregory and Allison Goldfrapp, and the video to "A&E."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2008
Label:
Mute U.S.
UPC:
0724596938225
catalogNumber:
69382

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Goldfrapp   Primary Artist
Richard Evans   Guitar
Alexander Balanescu   Violin
Mark Berrow   Violin
Yona Dunsford   Choir, Chorus
Flood   Guitar,Keyboards
Robin Firman   Cello
Chris Goulstone   Guitar
Paul Kegg   Cello
Alex Lee   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Ann Morfee   Violin
Chris Pitsillides   Viola
Johnathan Rees   Violin
Sonia Slany   Violin
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Adrian Utley   Fuzz Bass
Dermot Crehan   Violin
Allison Goldfrapp   Group Member
Mary Scully   Double Bass
Peter Lale   Viola
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Jackie Shave   Violin
Will Gregory   Group Member
Andrew Parker   Viola
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Cathy Giles   Cello
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Bass
Aidan Love   Keyboards
Everton Nelson   Violin,Leader
Damon Reece   Percussion,Drums
Rachelle Weston   Choir, Chorus
Denny Weston   Drums
Deborah Widdup   Violin
Sarah Eyden   Choir, Chorus
Paddy Lannigan   Double Bass
Charlie Jones   Bass
Steve Evans   Acoustic Guitar
Tony Hoffer   Bass
Eliza Lumley   Choir, Chorus
Chris Worsey   Cello
Tom Pearce   Choir, Chorus
Christopher Clad   Violin
Samantha Shaw   Choir, Chorus
Melissa Phelps   Cello
Kit Morgan   Acoustic Guitar
Samuel Burkey   Choir, Chorus
Metro Voices Choir   Choir, Chorus
Andrew Murphy   Acoustic Guitar
Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin   Viola
Tom Pigott-Smith   Violin
Christopher Tombling   Violin
Jenny O'Grady   Choir, Chorus,Choir Master
Jon Thorne   Viola
Steve Morris   Violin

Technical Credits

Flood   Producer
Chris Goulstone   Drum Samples
Isobel Griffiths   String Contractor
Nick Ingman   Orchestration,String Conductor
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Bill Mims   overdub engineer
Nick Batt   drum programming
Allison Goldfrapp   Composer
Will Gregory   Composer
Tim Oliver   Engineer
Aidan Love   Programming
Tony Hoffer   overdub engineer
Goldfrapp   Composer
Mat Maitland   Art Direction
Andrew Duffus   Producer
Matthew Fone   Producer
William Owen Gregory   Composer

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