Utopia

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2001
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • UPC: 724596915929
  • Catalog Number: 9159

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Utopia (3:49)
  2. 2 U.K. Girls (Physical) (4:48)
  3. 3 Human (4:44)
  4. 4 Human (4:47)
  5. 5 Utopia (6:15)
  6. 6 Utopia (8:15)
  7. 7 Utopia (5:09)
  8. 8 Utopia (7:39)
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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
Allison 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
Allison Goldfrapp Composer, Sleeve Design
Will Gregory Composer
Tom Middleton Producer, Remixing
Goldfrapp Arranger, Composer, Producer
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