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Seventh Tree

Goldfrapp

2008

Seventh Tree

Album Summary

Seventh Tree is the fourth studio album by English electronic music duo Goldfrapp. It was released on 22 February 2008 by Mute Records. It was named after a dream Alison Goldfrapp had about a "very large tree". Taking inspiration from paganism and surreal English children's books, Goldfrapp described the album as a "sensual counterpoint to the glitterball glamour of Supernature", their previous studio album from 2005.Seventh Tree became the duo's most critically acclaimed album since their 2000 debut Felt Mountain, with critics praising their new sound and their bravery for abandoning the dance atmosphere of their previous two albums. The album debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart with 46,945 copies sold in its first week. Four singles were released from the album. "A&E" was released as the lead single on 11 February 2008, peaking at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart. The album's second single, "Happiness", peaked at number 25 on the UK chart, while the third single, "Caravan Girl", reached number 54. "Clowns" was released as the fourth and final single, charting at number 115 in the UK.

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Rating

3.07

Votes

3468

Genres

  • Electronica
  • Pop
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3

Pleasant but very samey. I've listened to it multiple times, and though the sound is nicely atmospheric, i am not really drawn to any track in particular.

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3

This is the dreamy kind of music that sounds pleasant while it's playing, but it doesn't really go anywhere and you forget what each song sounded like as soon as it's ended.

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2

Goldfrapp’s airy voice just doesn’t do it for me

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5

Beautiful album. Sat listening on a soggy February day and it took me to a warm sunny summer's afternoon.

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5

Bra greier, dette blir med videre.

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5

Of the albums I’m listening to for the first time on this list, this might be the best so far. I had only really known Goldfrapp from ‘Ooh La La’ being in commercials in the 2000s. This was fairly different from what I would have expected given what I knew of her (and upon listening to some of their other top songs, this was a different direction for them). I was so surprised though on this that every song hit. I was expecting eventually there was one that didn’t work but right up until the end it was still working. This album is going to stay in the rotation.

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5

I did not expect this gorgeous melodic treat. I loved this album. Added, with pleasure.

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4

Loved this! I knew of Goldfrapp but never really took much notice. Great vocals, lovely, airy music and fine melodies. Definitely worth more listening time!

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4

Great production and nice sound but generally pretty down tempo. 7/10

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4

7/10. Some really enjoyable stuff, but the vibe was a bit too mopey for my taste. I liked the other Goldfrapp music that Spotify started shuffling after I finished though.

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4

7/10 nice dreamy pop music but it kinda put me to sleep at times

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4

Really good. Plenty of variety, unpredictable changes and interesting from start to finish.

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4

Not what I was expecting

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4

Never heard it before but really enjoyable.

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4

A 4 as you like some of their other albums more. Good stuff though

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4

Nice album to listen to. I've never heard of this group and I enjoyed hearing them. I can see myself listening again.

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Clowns, Happiness, Road to somewhere

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4

A classic

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4

At first I wasn't into this album, but then Happiness came on

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4.25

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4

Jeg likte denne. Fikk litt hipp A.kraus-vibber. legger denne i biblioteket av album jeg skal høre mer på.

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4

Not like their others, same quality.

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4

Creo que el rocksito de estos tiempos no se explicaría sin Goldfrapp. Debo reconocer que en su momento nunca me llamó porque era demasiado tranquilo para mi gusto. Hoy con más paciencia y apertura encuentro muchas cosas positivas y aunque sigue siendo a ratos demasiado lento y atmosférico, cuando pisan el acelerador se escuchan muy, muy bien. Hapiness y Caravan Girl fueron las que más me gustaron.

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4

I liked this album when it came out despite it being a bit left-field compared to previous Goldfrapp records. Listening now, I still enjoy the high pop elements but occasionally it does swoop into bland territory, albeit perfectly fine and well produced musical wallpaper. Happiness and A&E are great songs.

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4

Listened Before? N This was actually great! A little weird at first but they have a unique sound and I love it. Added to Library? N Song added to Playlist: A&E

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4

Muy chulo. Más melódico que el disco que conocía

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4

I like this a lot. Great melodies that are just unexpected enough to be constantly interesting yet still completely accessible. "Happiness" is a particular favourite - I love the classic-pop progression combined with electronics; fantastic. If you'd told me "Road to Somewhere" or "Monster Love" was Kate Bush I wouldn't have batted an eye. The album drags just a bit in parts - each song in isolation is quite good, but the album suffers a little from too many similarly slow-paced songs. Pacing could have been a bit better overall, but in sum I really enjoyed this - nothing necessarily chill-inducing but I'll listen to this again. 7/10 4 stars

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4

Very pretty, can hear lots of Alpine

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4

Cool vibes but less engaging energy than I was hoping for. Closer to Joni Mitchell than Bjork. Nice enough but could have done with an electro banger or two to make me sit up and take notice.

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4

i fell asleep to this album but in a good way

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4

dejligt

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No está mal. Algo popi

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4

Sounds like a mix of the Cocteau Twins and Kate Bush. No worse for that.

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4

Got some Joni Mitchel vibes from the opening track. Not sure what she's talking about though - hard to decipher, but the song's called "clowns" and I heard the word "titties," so I'm guessing this is some condemnation on cosmetic surgery and fake appearances - which I can dig. Or maybe I'm totally wrong. Very nice song though. The next two remind me of Electric Light Orchestra, especially in the case of "Happiness" sounding like "Mr. Blue Sky." This album is growing on me, which I did not expect. Next the album strolls into Pink Floyd "Dark Side" territory before really settling in its own thing for the final few tracks. I will definitely come back to this album from time to time. Good stuff!

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4

first listen a lovely album

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4

i only knew goldfrapp's music from supernature. this album was a complete departure! and i like it. it's serene. actually, it's surprisingly serene considering the variety of topics goldfrapp covers on this album. it's a nice easy listen, almost like you don't have to pay attention to the lyrics, but the lyrics are beautiful. each song is unique and has such purpose. overall, a lovely listen that i can't wait to come back to.

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Ikke det jeg forventet, men bra. Hadde forventet noe mer elektronisk. Minner litt om Beth Orton

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4

Entertaining and smooth. I'll try out more of their stuff.

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4

Pop, electrónica. Chill out.

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4

This Album was right in my wheel house when it comes to some soft pop! This album made me super happy and hit me in the feels in the right way possible! Standouts include Happiness, Some People, and Caravan Girl

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4

Мне даже больше Адель понравилось, но всё равно местами уныло.

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4

I was familiar with their more dance-tronic material as well as the 2000 release that had a James Bond vibe happening and more in-your-face, eclectic instrumentation to offset Goldfrapp's airy voice. This is more mellow and understated by comparison. It was brave to release this after a chart-topping dance album. The subtle songs and elegant production take a while to grow on you, but I like it. Between a 3 and 4 for me.

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4

A&E is the absolute standout track on this.

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"Everything goes around, bringing us back again;" sings Alison Goldfrapp, with appropriate naivety for such a bland closing lyric- "here is where we start and where we end." It figures: on their fourth album, the duo step back towards their downtempo roots of lush electronica, moving away from striking nu-glam and sitting contentedly mid-stream. "Seventh Tree" is a strange inclusion on this list: perhaps it was added to an early edition just after release (when Goldfrapp had reputations as critics' darlings) and swiftly replaced by greater works as the editions rolled on. Regardless, this is a solid album that satisfies without stretching. Its tone is pastoral, optimistic, nostalgic. "Clowns" opens with washes of reverb and acoustic guitar arpeggios, a distant whispered vocal recalling Cocteau Twins and some gentle strings to carry us through the last minute. Atmospherically, it's a perfect fit, sitting alongside other album tracks like "Some People" and "Cologne Cerrone Houdini" as Goldfrapp at their mystifying, seductive peak. What caught me off-guard was the album's more upbeat side. "Caravan Girl" and "Happiness" are straight up bangers with clear choruses, prominent percussion and driving rhythms, while "A&E" is very strong single material. There's a good range to "Seventh Tree" which keeps it fresh, although if we're being honest, none of it really has the feeling of innovation or excitement. Often, the music's strength is let down a bit by generic lyrics- even titles like "Road to Somewhere" and "Monster Love" feel lacking, vague and uninspired. Most of it comes off as just "nice" by the end, which I'd still take over "dull". There are certainly some gems in here and I'm glad I got to hear it.

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It’s ok but this genre isn’t my favorite. The Melodie’s were ok but not that great. I also felt the lyrics were difficult to follow. I’m bout sue what this album was on the list, sadly.

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3

Gentle and soothing

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3

Pretty nice atmospheric jams. The whole album blends together into an easily digestible but also easily forgettable package.

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3

Var ikke som sådan noget der stak ud. Men der var dog ikke et par gode numre

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3

Sweet album. My first from the artist and I would say I'd like to give some of their other albums a listen. Gentle and strong sounds here. 3.5/5

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3

The so-far Goldfrapp albums are distinct, but about as nice. This one is a stylistic departure from the dance-oriented sound I prefer, but maintains strong - especially vocal - elements. Seventh Tree sounds like a cul-de-sac record, an entry in a genre which could have grown but faded away. There are brighter examples of that light, some of which I discovered through the list. But this duo's sound will always find its way home.

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3

Really liked this. Great voice and enjoyed the slightly slow ambient pace.

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3

Dreamy whispering, not their best, borderline Muzak

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3

Surprenant, jaime le vibe. 3.5

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Guess I'm not really a fan of this kind of music. This was ok but basically a worse Cocteau Twins or maybe Portishead. Don't think I'd ever choose this over one of them.

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3

First song is a bit of Carly Simon-esque, and doesn't really set a good tone for this album. I like to vibe and tone. And even though she tries to look like Napoleon on the cover, she manages to carry this album. Definitely a repeat listen.

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3

never heard it in full, good mellow record

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3

It was okay. I liked the vibe.

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3

A good album to chill and relax, a little repetitive but it's ok. I am going to listen this album again, but in a rainy day with a couple of coffee

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Me gusta bastante Goldfrapp, sobre todo por su primer disco y desde ahí la inercia me tira. Me gustan: Happiness, Road to somewhere, A&E, Cologne Cerrone Houdini y Caravan Girl. Es un disco tranquilo con poca electrónica que entiendo que no gustará a todos pero merece una escucha.

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3

Didn't think I'd be into it as much as I was.

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3

Definitely a headphones album. I think I expected something higher energy. It's nice though.

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3

Doesn't offend and like some of the lo fi videos. Ultimately it fades into the background. For me it is not a classic to return to. The playlist continued into Supernature which I enjoyed more. Cover art: 2/5

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3

Was not expecting Goldfrapp to be on this list! Never listened to this album before and in a wild turn of events, it was very calming. I thought she had more upbeat things but this felt like a relaxing album. Reminded me of someone just meandering around a field of flowers not knowing where they are going next.

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3

Mellow, pleasant. A lot less electronic-heavy than the last album I got ("Felt Mountain"), though the influences are still there. A little sleepy, though I personally enjoyed the album's ending. Favorite tracks: "Caravan Girl", "Monster Love"

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3

Pretty calming stuff. Words are a little unclear at some parts. The end of Little Bird is really good. I like caravan.

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Está… pos bonito. Sin más. Algunos momentos acústicos "monos" y ella tiene una muy linda voz, pero en ningún momento me enloqueció o tomó mi atención completa. Creo que luego checaré más de Goldfrapp porque, por lo que leí, este es el disco "raro" en el que tiene ondas más acústicas. Por ahora, se lleva 3 estrellas solo por su voz.

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3

I like Goldfrapp - but I think they’ve done better

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3

This was a good indie/relax music

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Je commence à comprendre la haine de mon camarade robpecunière encers ce groupe, en effet sa présence à de multiples reprises est difficilement compréhensible. De plus, la patte trip-hop de Goldfrapp qui m'avait tant plû sur leur premier album a ici complétement disparue. Une copie à revoir donc.

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Cet album marque la fin d'une semaine rythmée par le conflit qui m'oppose à Robert. Celui-ci a en effet tenté de me nuire à trois reprises. Laissez-moi tout vous expliquer. Vous savez que je défie Robert Dimery en participant à des soirées karaoké transgressant le septième commandement dont j'ai déjà beaucoup parlé (je vous invite à lire mes précédentes critiques). Ma participation à ces soirées m'est rendue possible par le vide laissé dans mon emploi du temps le lendemain entre huit et dix heures du matin. Oui mais voilà, alors que j'étais tranquillement installé sur une chaise mercredi dernier, l'un des professeurs avec qui je travaille vint me trouver: « - Bonjour, Robtentaculaire. - Qu'est-ce qu'y a ? - Je viens de recevoir un message venu d'en haut et je dois te prévenir que mon cours normalement prévu à onze heures quarante-cinq le jeudi est déplacé à huit heures. - QUOI ?!" Nul doute que Robert était derrière ce changement. Le problème est que lorsqu'on me cherche, on me trouve. C'est pour cette raison que j'ai très rapidement réagi de la façon suivante : je me suis rendu sur le site de rencontre extrapeze.org, site permettant à quiconque mais surtout à moi de rencontrer les ex-fréquentations d'eltrapeze se trouvant à proximité. J'ai donc placé la zone de recherche dans un rayon de trois cents mètres autour du bar proposant le karaoké et le logiciel y localisa neuf ex-compagnes d'eltrapeze. Après une série d'entretiens individuels (et un entretien collectif à quatre organisé par manque de temps) , je sélectionnai l'une des prétendantes. Depuis lors, j'ai la possibilité de récupérer mes deux heures de sommeil entre mercredi et jeudi en dormant directement chez elle. La deuxième attaque de Robert à mon encontre s'est tenue il y a trois jours. Celui-ci s'est assuré que les écouteurs que je venais d'acheter (Robert a gelé mon enceinte JBL) s'autodétruisent au bout de quelques heures d'utilisation. Ce fut le cas alors que je me trouvais dans le bus en direction de mon école. J'écoutais paisiblement une chanson de supermarket-pop signée par Ed Sheeran quand les écouteurs explosèrent dans mes oreilles sous le regard médusé des personnes assises à côté de moi. N'en déplaise à Robert, j'ai consulté un ORL et mes tympans fonctionnent à merveille. Sa troisième offensive réside bien sûr dans la génération d'un album de ses amis rencontrés en Erasmus, Goldfrapp, groupe que je déteste comme vous tous. Seulement je dois dire que pour la première fois, je n'ai pas trouvé leur projet atroce. Robert, je te l'annonce, il en faudra plus pour me déstabiliser.

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3

Classic

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I couldn't understand a fucking thing said inthe opening track. Had to use the lyrics on spotify. After that one though it's like the rest kicked in for me. I thought it was okay, it was kicking folk/lounge/bedroom rock vibes. And I didn't mind, but I think I have other music I prefer to it.

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It's interesting to get repeat artists on here, but experience something completely different between albums. The first goldfrapp album I got was very instrumental, and went into some interesting places. This album seems to be a bit more generic, lady singing over some electronic music. It was ok, very average. They should have kept doing the more creative work like the previous album.

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3

she had a very beautiful voice but it got a little boring and this style of music isn’t for me because it’s super mellow, but it was pretty.

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3

A post-Lilith fairy? Whimsical and deserving a more careful listen.

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3

Buen álbum

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3

Moderne singer/songwriter, looove, roligt, solid vokal

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3

I do like it, but it's all a bit samey.

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A little too soft and diffused for my tastes.

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+++

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This is the fourth album from the English electronic duo Goldfrapp. It marks a departure from their previous albums' electronic dance sound to something more ambient and folky - affectionally named Folktronica. This change led to mostly positive reviews by critics and fans. The music is brave, beautiful, and a nice change of pace. Although it is slower than the usual electronica, so it's best played during "chill-out" periods. I liked the sound of this album, but it's so slow and subtle that it melts into the background unless you're focused on it.

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Звук очень интересный, как и вокал. Откликнулось. Но к концу становится уже однообразным. Особенно странно, что это альбом без наиболее известных песен группы, которые я знаю и которые прекрасны. 6 из 10

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3

I have enjoyed the other Goldfrapp projects that the Album Generator has given me. Not this one as much. It's got the chill vibes and pleasant sounds I enjoyed in the past but unfortunately tips into boring pretty early on. Personally I would not have included this album on this list. Nice hat, though.

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3

Definitely liked her earlier stuff more, this just feels a bit less interesting.

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A mixture of songs I find just okay, and, as the album goes on, songs that I actively dislike. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and call it a 3.

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This album was folky, ambient, and dreamy, but not so much so that I was bored or lulled into sleep. Elements of indie-pop and electronica keep it from being too lo-fi and ultimately help to break up most of the monotony that can come with albums of this type. Based on what I already know about Goldfrapp, I like how they were able to blend some of their typical, more dance-oriented elecrontic style with this more ambient genre. Ultimately, I think they did a great job doing it. I don't usually review the album art unless something specifically catches me. Well, let me just say that before hearing this album, based on the album art, I thought I was going to be in for some weird swashbuckling, sea-chanty indie music. I was thankfully wrong about that. Road to Somewhere, A&E, and Cologne Cerrone Houdini were all standout tracks for me!

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3

Heilt ok

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3

Likte denne. Men ikkje heilt oppe i fire stjerner.

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3

Började tråkigt, men blev bättre. Gillar stegringen i energi genom albumet.

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3

sounded nice but listened in the background

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I love Goldfrapp. 3.3⭐

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C’est plutôt cool, mais ça manque un peu de mordant. C’est un peu fade en d’autres mots.

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Happiness

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Dream pop. Ni fu ni fa.

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Ehh

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The music is chilled out but but still moves and compliments her angelic voice

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3

takes a few more listens to get into it, its alright but still not standing out that much. has a bit of an artsy vibe to it

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I relistened and on the second go I actually found it was nice having it on in the background while doing stuff.

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Fairly generic - A&E is easily the best song on the album

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I liked this, but every song started to sound the same after awhile. The only real standout track for me was “Happiness.” I was optimistic about this album at first, but every song felt like it hit the same mood, so I doubt I would listen again. Also not a fan of her breathy singing.

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It had a cool sound but nothing really stood out for me.

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Nowt spesh

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Another entry in the series of "the people who made this list fell asleep at the wheel for the picks from this century." Of course, it's a decent project. And I've heard of Goldfrapp, only for their big hit single "Ooh La La," which is nowhere near this album. Instead, it's a more laidback album, akin to some of the more indie/alt stuff that we get on the list. I took a look and there's another Goldfrapp album on the list, and it's also NOT the one that contains their biggest hits. Who's making these decisions? I'm sorry this album had to catch a stray today but damn, it's just really puzzling picks. Favorite tracks: Little Bird, Road to Somewhere, Cologne Cerrone, Houdini. Album art: Portrait shot of the lead singer I think. Nothing special. 2.5/5

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Different…. Enjoyed a few songs

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Som bem feito, mas não é meu estilo

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BORING!!!!! Who decides this is one of the 1001 albums I must hear before I die? Only a second star cause the girl on the cover looks like Goldie Hawn

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I didn’t know I knew one of the tracks (Eat Yourself). Very sleepy. “Cologne Cerrone Houdini” almost had me feeling something—but honestly Beck did it way better. “Twee,” according to Spotify. Sleepy twee?

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Je n'étais vraiment pas dans ce mood là lors de ma première écoute. Une fois en meilleure position pour écouter cet album, je trouvais que ça ne décollait pas. Ça a pris l'arrivée de la batterie dans la pièce Little Bird pour commencer à être intéressant. Ce n'est pas un mauvais album, il y a des sonorités intéressantes, mais il n'y a pas une pièce qui se démarque et qui me donne envie de remettre l'album. Peut-être que le groupe a d'autres albums plus originaux, mais pour 2008, c'est un album générique de folktronica qui ne réinvente rien.

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Ok pop. Less random than the other on the list.

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did hee haw for me but was quite nice

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Queste prime 2 canzoni conciliano il sonno. Tutte molto basiche, non pessimo, ma non più di 2.

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Zweverige pop, niks voor mij

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I didn't know Goldfrapp, she sings well but it's not the kind of music I like.

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Another case where I do not understand what this album has of extraordinary.

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Not my jam, little ethereal, all the songs sounded similar to me

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Trodde han var en mann.

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Pleasant. Mild. Nice. Pretty. Wears a cardigan and hides behind fringes.

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Meh.

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Après cette nouvelle écoute, je ne suis pas encore séduit par cet album. Le nom du groupe est assez important pour avoir un album dans cette liste, mais je ne crois pas que celui-ci est le bon. Voici ce que j'en ai déjà dit: "Je n'étais vraiment pas dans ce mood là lors de ma première écoute. Une fois en meilleure position pour écouter cet album, je trouvais que ça ne décollait pas. Ça a pris l'arrivée de la batterie dans la pièce Little Bird pour commencer à être intéressant. Ce n'est pas un mauvais album, il y a des sonorités intéressantes, mais il n'y a pas une pièce qui se démarque et qui me donne envie de remettre l'album. Peut-être que le groupe a d'autres albums plus originaux, mais pour 2008, c'est un album générique de folktronica qui ne réinvente rien."

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Goldfrapp is another group I had not listened to before now. Apparently, Goldfrapp was a duo who performed, produced, and mixed this album with a slew of guest artists. While i appreciated some of the production value, this album did little else for me.

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Trash

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awful

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A bit too whimsical for me. Seemed like a slight drug induced trance throughout the album.

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This was an effortful listen. I didn't particularly enjoy any of it - the vocals or the dreamy electronic music. "Caravan Girl" was better but the whole thing fell flat for me.

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