Seventh Tree [Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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. [A special edition of Seventh Tree was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/2008
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • UPC: 724596940426
  • Catalog Number: 69404

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Clowns (4:08)
  2. 2 Little Bird (4:24)
  3. 3 Happiness (4:16)
  4. 4 Road to Somewhere (3:51)
  5. 5 Eat Yourself (4:06)
  6. 6 Some People (4:40)
  7. 7 A&E (3:17)
  8. 8 Cologne Cerrone Houdini (4:25)
  9. 9 Caravan Girl (4:05)
  10. 10 Monster Love (4:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Clowns
  2. 2 Happiness
  3. 3 You Never Know
  4. 4 Caravan Girl
  5. 5 Monster Love
  6. 6 Little Bird
  7. 7 A&E
  8. 8 Happiness
  9. 9 Caravan Girl
  10. 10 Clowns
  11. 11 Road to Somewhere
  12. 12 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Goldfrapp Primary Artist
Richard Evans Guitar
Mark Berrow Violin
Yona Dunsford Choir, Chorus
Robin Firman Cello
Chris Goulstone Guitar
Paul Kegg Cello
Alex Lee Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ann Morfee Violin
Johnathan Rees Violin
Simon Rogers Guitar
Sonia Slany Violin
Cathy Thompson Violin
Adrian Utley Fuzz Bass
Kate Wilkinson Viola
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
Cathy Giles Cello
Ged Lynch Drums
Aidan Love Keyboards
Everton Nelson Violin, Leader
Damon Reece Percussion, Drums
Rachelle Weston Choir, Chorus
Denny Weston Jr. Drums
Sarah Eyden Choir, Chorus
Paddy Lannigan Double Bass
Tony Hoffer Bass
Eliza Lumley Choir, Chorus
Chris Worsey Cello
Angie Pollock Keyboards
Tom Pearce Choir, Chorus
David Jack Daniels Cello
Christopher Clad Violin
Samantha Shaw Choir, Chorus
Melissa Phelps Cello
Kit Morgan Acoustic Guitar
Samuel Burkey Choir, Chorus
Davide Rossi Guitar, Violin, Keyboards, Recorder
Tom Pigott-Smith Violin
Christopher Tombling Violin
Jenny O'Grady Choir, Chorus, Choir Master
Jon Thorne Viola
Steve Morris Violin
Technical Credits
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, Art Direction, Drawing
Ben Findlay Engineer
Will Gregory Composer
Tim Oliver Engineer
Aidan Love Programming
Tony Hoffer overdub engineer
Goldfrapp Composer
Mat Maitland Art Direction
William Owen Gregory Composer
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