The Singles

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2012
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • EAN: 5099930116726
  • Catalog Number: 01167
  • Sales rank: 16,103

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ooh La La (3:25)
  2. 2 Number 1 (3:24)
  3. 3 Strict Machine (3:42)
  4. 4 Lovely Head (3:47)
  5. 5 Utopia (3:51)
  6. 6 A&E (3:18)
  7. 7 Happiness (3:37)
  8. 8 Train (4:11)
  9. 9 Ride a White Horse (3:44)
  10. 10 Rocket (3:52)
  11. 11 Believer (3:44)
  12. 12 Black Cherry (4:56)
  13. 13 Yellow Halo (4:42)
  14. 14 Melancholy Sky (4:27)
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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
Allison Goldfrapp Group Member
Will Gregory Group Member
Ged Lynch Drums
Justin Meldal-Johnsen Bass
Damon Reece Percussion, Drums
Denny Weston Jr. 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
Ted Jensen Mastering
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
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
John Dent Mastering
Pascal Gabriel Additional Production
Allison Goldfrapp Composer, Art Direction
Jeremy Wheatley Additional Production
Will Gregory Composer
Mike Marsh Mastering
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
David Lord Engineer
Alex Popoff Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    MMM.... Goldfrapp (said using the Homer Simpson drooling voice)!

    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! :)

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

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    Goldfrapp Hits

    "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.

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