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Singles

The Singles

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by Goldfrapp
     
 
Goldfrapp spanned luxe John Barry-style orchestral pop to dominatrix dancefloor moves to summery British folk and more over the course of their albums, but The Singles shows that their craftsmanship and good taste may have been their most defining quality. That, and Alison Goldfrapp's stunning voice,

Overview

Goldfrapp spanned luxe John Barry-style orchestral pop to dominatrix dancefloor moves to summery British folk and more over the course of their albums, but The Singles shows that their craftsmanship and good taste may have been their most defining quality. That, and Alison Goldfrapp's stunning voice, which was flexible enough to not just fit any mold that her and Will Gregory's ideas required, but to redefine them; listen to her soaring highs and cooing lows on "Utopia" for a reminder. While the duo's glam-disco hits like the sexy, low-slung "Ooh La La," "Train," and "Strict Machine" may have been most popular, The Singles is admirably egalitarian, a point emphasized by how its sequencing puts songs from different albums and eras side by side. Hearing the timeless-feeling dark romanticism of Felt Mountain tracks such as "Lovely Head" next to the introspective, flower child, synth pop of The Seventh Tree's "A&E," and the spot-on '80s homage "Rocket" from Head First reaffirms that Goldfrapp were keen students of pop music of all styles and eras, but vibrantly creative in their own right. Their style-hopping sounds less like searching for what will stick and more like the product of two restlessly creative artists who had the talent to do just about anything they wanted and tried a little of everything. While it's disappointing that a few singles aren't here ("Pilots" and "Satin Chic" are particularly glaring omissions), the inclusion of two previously unreleased tracks makes up for that, especially since the reflective "Yellow Halo" and seductive "Melancholy Sky" rival the quality of any of their album tracks.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2012
Label:
Mute
UPC:
5099930116726
catalogNumber:
1167
Rank:
118345

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Goldfrapp   Primary Artist
Alexander Balanescu   Violin
Yona Dunsford   Choir, Chorus
Stuart Gordon   Violin,Viola
Nick Ingman   Conductor
Alex Lee   Guitar
Daniel Miller   Synthesizer
Tony Orrell   Drums
John Parish   Drums
Sonia Slany   Violin
Adrian Utley   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Nick Batt   Synthesizer,Synthesizer Bass
Alison Goldfrapp   Group Member
Will Gregory   Group Member
Ged Lynch   Drums
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Bass
Damon Reece   Percussion,Drums
Denny Weston   Drums
Sarah Eyden   Choir, Chorus
Rowan Oliver   Percussion,Drums
Charlie Jones   Bass
Steve Evans   Acoustic Guitar
Steve Claydon   Synthesizer
Eliza Lumley   Choir, Chorus
Dave Power   Drums
Tom Pearce   Choir, Chorus
Samantha Shaw   Choir, Chorus
Davide Rossi   Violin
Rachel Weston   Choir, Chorus
Jenny O'Grady   Choir, Chorus,Choir Master
Ruth Wall   Harp
Leo Taylor   Drums
Sam Burkey   Choir, Chorus
Daisy Palmer   Percussion,Drums
Mark Lincous   Casio

Technical Credits

Greg Freeman   Drum Engineering
Nick Ingman   Orchestration,String Conductor
David Lord   Engineer
Bill Mims   overdub engineer
Steve Orchard   Sub-Mixing
Mark "Spike" Stent   Original Mix
Kris Weston   Programming
Jim Barr   Engineer
Nick Batt   Composer,Programming,Engineer,drum programming,beats,Additional Production
Pascal Gabriel   Additional Production
Alison Goldfrapp   Composer,Art Direction
Jeremy Wheatley   Additional Production
Will Gregory   Composer
Tim Oliver   Engineer
Polly Borland   Images
Rowan Oliver   drum programming
Tony Hoffer   overdub engineer
Bruno Ellingham   Programming,Engineer
Goldfrapp   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Ewan Pearson   Programming
Tim Goldsworthy   Programming
Yoad Nevo   Programming
Lee Groves   Programming
Mat Maitland   Art Direction,Collage
Andy Savours   Programming
Iain Watt   Management
Serge Leblon   Images
Ross Kirton   Images
Jon Collyer   Programming
Alex Popoff   Management

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The Singles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MMM.... Goldfrapp (said using the Homer Simpson drooling voice)! This Singles album truly showcases the musical talents of Alison and Will. This album provides the listener with some of the finest in the Electronica genre while at the same time illustrating how this genre can be heavily influenced by sounds from the past as well as pushing the boundaries of music's future. Often people lump Electronica together as music with beeps and boops and other such strange computer noises, not realizing how the sound can be transformed by talents such as Alison and Will. They have taken style cues from the past several decades and created an amazing collection of work that transcends their own genre. I am completely captivated by Alison's voice and lyrical abilities as well as Will's sense of musical wonder and whimsy as he creates and weaves together sounds to enhance Alison's creations. Seamless enjoyment for hours on end. Thank you, Goldfrapp, for pushing the boundaries of music. And I agree with several fan comments, Goldfrapp needs to create a Bond theme song! :)
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
"The Singles" by Goldfrapp are a great collection of musical tracks that display diverse life themes. There are sixteen songs in this edition, and each of them show deep and candid emotion. I have multiple favorite songs in this collection. However, "Happiness" and "Utopia" (Genetically Enriched) are the two musical gems that are a joyful balm to my soul. "The Singles" by Goldfrapp is best for those who like greatest hits collections from the electronica music genres.