Utopia

Utopia

by Goldfrapp
     
 
Goldfrapp's "genetically enriched" Utopia EP combines all the tracks from both of the U.K. singles and features a whopping five versions of the title track, including the album version as well as several remixes. Jori Hulkkonen, Tom Middleton, and Tim Wright take the song

Overview

Goldfrapp's "genetically enriched" Utopia EP combines all the tracks from both of the U.K. singles and features a whopping five versions of the title track, including the album version as well as several remixes. Jori Hulkkonen, Tom Middleton, and Tim Wright take the song in various dance-oriented directions, all of which are pleasant enough but not especially distinctive, especially when compared to the sweeping, icy grandeur of the original. Likewise, the live version of "Human" is notable more for how well Goldfrapp re-creates the atmosphere of Felt Mountain in a concert setting than for any variations or improvements on it. However, the whispery, exotica-tinged "Utopia (Sunroof Mix)" adds a subtle, fresh twist to the song, while Calexico's Spanish cover of "Human" expands on that song's filmic feel and takes it in a very different direction. Last but not least, the witty, electro-inspired rendition of Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" -- known here as "U.K. Girls (Physical)" proves that for all of Goldfrapp's haughty drama, the duo's tongues are placed firmly in their sculpted cheeks. Fans of the group who haven't already bought the U.K. singles from which this EP is derived will be pleased to know that Utopia is as entertaining as any mini-album with five versions of the same song can possibly be.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2001
Label:
Mute U.S.
UPC:
0724596915929
catalogNumber:
9159

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Goldfrapp   Primary Artist
Andy Davis   Keyboards
Alexander Balanescu   Violin
Nick Cooper   Cello
Tony Orrell   Drums
Sonia Slany   Violin
Nick Batt   Viola
Alison Goldfrapp   Band
Mary Scully   Double Bass
John Convertino   Drums,Claves,Bowed Vibes
Will Gregory   Band
Rowan Oliver   Drums,Octopad
Joel Burns   Mandolin,Cymbals,Glockenspiel,Vibes,Shaker,Guiro,Upright Bass,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)

Technical Credits

Steve Kipner   Composer
David Lord   Engineer
Daniel Miller   Producer,Remixing
Terry Shaddick   Composer
Jim Barr   Engineer
Nick Batt   Programming,Engineer
Alison Goldfrapp   Composer,Sleeve Design
Will Gregory   Composer
Tom Middleton   Producer,Remixing
Goldfrapp   Arranger,Composer,Producer

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