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Felt Mountain

Goldfrapp

2000

Felt Mountain
Album Summary

Felt Mountain is the debut studio album by English electronic music duo Goldfrapp. It was released on 11 September 2000 by Mute Records. The album takes influence from a variety of music styles such as 1960s pop, cabaret, folk and electronica.Felt Mountain was generally well received by music critics, and was described as "simultaneously smarmy and seductive, yet elegant and graceful". It peaked at number 57 on the UK Albums Chart, and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) in October 2001. In 2001, the album was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize, an annual music prize awarded for the best British or Irish album from the previous year.

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3.04

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Genres
Electronica

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Fri May 13 2022
2

That's a very impressive ability to alternate so dynamically between too boring and too weird.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

Woah!!! This was actually really really cool. Reminds me of a bunch of contemporary artists — like Sylvan Esso (male + female duo, less dance my though), Portis Head, and even gives me Billie Eilish inspiration vibes with the eerie vocals. Also a hidden Kanye sample in here. Really enjoyed this actually haha.

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Tue May 04 2021
4

This is great! This album is yet another reminder of why I love this 1000 albums project. I doubt I'd ever hear of them or hear their music, and I love this. I don't even usually listen to electronic music, but this is different. The mix in real instruments, too, and incredible vocals. Some tracks are dreamy and haunting, which I love. Some are also downright beautiful. Some are a bit too jarring for me, but overall, very good. Thank you, 1001 albums generator!

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Mon Nov 02 2020
4

Interesting, a mix of Massive Attack-like electronic and lounge, jazz vocals. Blends really well and I can't help but wonder if they've ever done a theme to a Bond movie. "Oompah Radar" is a total miss though. Favorite tracks: "Human", "Utopia", "Felt Mountain"

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Tue Nov 10 2020
4

A good 10-12 years ahead of it's time. Wonderful album full of pleasantly strange sonic landscapes and beautiful vocals.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Never heard of this band, this album, or none of this. I LOVED IT! Kind of a trance techno jazzy tango thing. Super retro futurism of the early 2000s. I liked a lot of the remixes on the extended album. This is going into my rotation STAT.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
1

A limp nothing of an album. I'd say that it's not worth listening to, but it's so boring that there's barely anything to listen to at all.

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Thu Feb 02 2023
1

I’m giving a ⭐️ because I have no idea why this would be on a list of best albums of all time. Not even close.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Beautiful lyrics, inspired me to listen to the slower Goldfrapp albus like Us and really enjoyed them, didn't realised the variety of styles the band has to offer. Really enjoyed the album, particularly the first 4 tracks!

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

A delightfully intriguing album with so many influences and styles that it is a perfect album to listen to multiple times and come away with a different emotion or understanding each time.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

A startlingly intimate and atmospheric album. Certain songs such as Deer Stop grabbed me immediately. Alison Goldfrapp's vocals are haunting and when they are altered the effect is electric.

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Fri May 13 2022
3

This sounded like the peaceful still of snow quietly falling on compost. Outside, it was beautiful, pure and serene, while beneath the surface was decaying leaves and discarded egg shells. Together it provided an interesting mix, one that I was happy to listen to.

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Wed Jul 26 2023
2

Oof, not for me. I’d say this album is a fitting soundtrack for a pretentious coffee shop, but can’t keep up with the bangers on this list. Won’t be revisiting anytime soon.

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Thu Feb 23 2023
1

Everyone I know who listens to this kind of "chill" music is the least chill person in the world.

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Mon Jun 26 2023
1

Its unfortunate that trip hop music sounds so dated so quickly and even more unfortunate for Goldfrapp that other groups such as Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky or DJ Shadow were much better at it. I glanced at the global ratings and one descriptor came up more than any other "boring", and I can't disagree. Overall this album sounds like John Williams scoring a Bond theme while sleepwalking.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

I was completely oblivious to this album but damn does that Alison Goldfrapp song some moodymusic.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Spooky, weird, but generally enjoyable. Would listen again.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

Very weird Berlin Babylon vibes, loved it

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

No nyt! Tämä oli tähän saakka ensimmäinen minulle ihan uusi artisti, joka osui ja upposi ekalla kuuntelukerralla. Näiden löytöjen toivossa tätä 1001 levyn projektia tulee kuunneltua. Piti laittaa heti levy uudelle kierrokselle! Tällaiset hyvät naislaulajat ja rauhalliset biisit toimii minulle, näitä on mukava fiilistellä. Levyn ekassa biisissä on vähän sellaista Bond-tunnari -meininkiä.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
5

Me ha encantado, con la voz envolvente de la cantante y esa música evocadora

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

I saw that this album is on this list and was very much looking forward because I dig trip hop. I was not disappointed. The strings are from heaven. Goldfrapps voice at times is so similar to Beth Gibbons (Portishead) I would have believed this to be a Portishead album if I wouldn't have seen the title. Absolute favourite. Only Critique: Oompa Radar feels out of place. And it could be a bit longer!

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Thu Aug 19 2021
5

Wow, never heard of goldfrapp before, but this is sick.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
5

love love love!! very experimental yet orchestral

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

Absolutely loved this and reminded me I should listen to Goldfrapp more often

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

in love from the first track

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

Very cool. Have not been following the series. Which Bond Movie is this for?

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Mon May 02 2022
5

There was a time when Janey and I played this album almost every day. Incredible opening track.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

I got into Goldfrapp last year and have gone through their entire catalogue once or twice since then. It was great to return to this album having become a lot more familiar with their music.

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Thu May 12 2022
5

I have CLEARLY missed out on this band for far too long. Headed for a deep dive this weekend! Lush and sensual. If I were in an intergalactic spaceship, we would have this on the intercom all the time. This could also be the soundtrack to parts of a James bond film. Oompah Radar is a little too lost in the funhouse and not even in a good Twin Peaks way. They lost me a bit on this one-- but only in the weird parts.. But with Utopia, we are right back on the space ship headed for Planet Xenon as we should be and everything is right with the galaxy The final track, Horse Tears is really far too good for the world we live in. It is a musical masterpiece. Opus.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Sumptuous and lovely. Shades of Portishead, intricate orchestral arrangements and....yes it's ethereal. I can understand why some find it boring because it's not ordinary. It has all the ingredients I enjoy.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

With the first sound, I ultimately immersed myself in that musical experience. The smooth and eerie voice of Alison Goldfrapp lined up with very mystical electronic sounds is a match made in heaven. What's important is that the music has different levels in itself, providing a variety of feelings and backgrounds to the album. The album is not only made with slow, calm and trippy songs, some of them are powerful in sound and hit harder than others. The album reminded me of the summer (mind you it's the middle of the autumn and I hate cold). Favourite tracks: "Human" and "Utopia", no least favourites.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Okay, I saw electronic and 2000, and braced for at best a two star, but this is nothing like other electronic music! The consistent vocals and more ambient tone really made me feel like I was listening to a calmer song in Radiohead or Muse's discography, rather than repetitive dance music with no clear goal. Songs weren't overly long and I just really enjoyed a lot of this. Songs were similar but not repetitive, and it was just excellent all around. Super shocked by this one.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

in love with this. so fun so pretty so cool. portishead vibes

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

Hän katsoo.. Hän näkee.. 2000.. Ei saatan helveette.. Sano ruuatsalainen.. kun.. Kun sano. Uskomaton kokemus! Mitä helluntai.. MITÄ HELVETTIÄ! Niin jumalattoman mysteerinen ääni ja maisema ONKO NAINEN NOITA!!!????? Musiikilla on kaksi puolta.. Toinen.. Ulkona.. kaunis.. koristeikas.. se toinen.. Sisältä mätä, viekas, kuolevainen, hetkellinen... ohimenevä..maailmaa katseleva. This is not real. 1960 luku on se minne tässä sukelletaan.. Eikä mikään pinkki bandi(pink band pink band haha charade you are).. EI MENNÄ KUUSKYT LUKUUN EDES VAIKKA JOTKUT LUULISI vaan mennään popsutteluun..sillä popittelulla 2000-luvun menetelmillä.. niin kaunista.. mitä? Kannattaako uskoa... Uskon kysymys.. Electronica.. EI TÄSSÄ YRITETÄ EDES KUULUA MIHINKÄÄN KUN LUODAAN ÄÄNIMAISEMAA!! JA SEN VOI HELPOSTI TEHDÄ VÄÄRINN!! ANTAA KUUNTELIJALLA KAIKKI MITÄ HALUAA!!!! tässä ei anneta.. vaan vedetään.. ei nenästä.. Voikohan sitä albumi edes antaa.. ensimmäisellä kerralla.. Sitä on niin muljuteltavana... Tässä kuin tyhmä aasi jota vedetään.. naru poikki ei... voi.. Tää olis hyvä soundtrack kun pääsee paikkaan jonne on halunnut mennä. Töissä kuunnellessa... Mutta sen näki.. Kuullostaa niin vaivattomalta kokonaisuudelta... LUETAAMPA PASKIMMAT TAKET "That's a very impressive ability to alternate so dynamically between too boring and too weird." Tylsyyttäs terottaa sais tero... VEITSESTÄ PUHUN!! TERO NIMINEN! SOPIS TEIKÄN KAULALLE, SILLÄ SAADAAN TEIDÄN KALTASELTA TYLSYYS POIS ELÄMÄSTÄ!! HARKITSE VAKAVASTI!! muutama hyvä otto tähän väliin.. ”in love from the first track” sama ”There was a time when Janey and I played this album almost every day. Incredible opening track.” I also choose this guys wife ”If I were in an intergalactic spaceship, we would have this on the intercom all the time. ” tuli sama fiilis mutta tarkistuskierroksella huomasin muutamassa biisissä avaruusaiheisia lyriikoita, jonka takia parempi jättää sanomatta emmää ny sen takiia… ”intricate orchestral arrangements and....yes it's ethereal. I can understand why some find it boring because it's not ordinary. It has all the ingredients I enjoy.” ”With the first sound, I ultimately immersed myself in that musical experience.” ”Okay, I saw electronic and 2000, and braced for at best a two star” ”Monet biisit ovat jännästi hyvin pelkistettyjä, mutta samalla todella suurieleisiä.” ”Their later records were fun and danceable. This was not. What IS this?” IDM EDM… Kirjaimen vissi ero.. hehe

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

I bought this album when it came out back in late 2000 based on a recommendation from someone at a favorite music store. I had no idea what it was even going to sound like. Music was kind of exciting like that back then when you took chances on an album without even hearing a single clip from it. I remember putting it on in the car and as soon as it started with that weird siren like sound I was like “Oh no, what the hell did I just buy?” But then the whistling at the beginning of “Lovely Head” starts and next the keyboard bass kicks in with the drums and harpsichord fill and finally Allison’s voice. I was sucked into an ethereal listen which pretty much lasted the whole ride home. The mix of electronic and natural instruments on this album with the added effect of Allison’s processed vocals taking the place of the keyboard at times was a great idea. I totally fell in love with it that first listen. Some tracks, like “Deer Stop” and “Oompa Radar” took a little longer but like any great album it becomes an indispensable part of the flow. Like “On the Run” from Dark Side of the Moon, you can’t imagine the album without it. Tracks like “Human”, “Pilots”, and “Utopia” are songs that have been favorites for years. It was great to revisit this album again for the top 1001 albums list and I can totally see why it should be on here. Even if you don’t like it, you have to admit that there aren’t many albums that sound like this.

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Thu Feb 09 2023
5

I've always been a big fan of Goldfrapp, I remember when this came out I was instantly into it. Listening now it's hard to choose a favourite track but I think Utopia would have to be it.

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Wed Mar 08 2023
5

je dois aimer les bizarreries par nécessité d'anticonformisme

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Thu Mar 16 2023
5

Aces. Atmospheric, cinematic, chilly and warm all at once. The hard heel turn Alison and Will took into the glam-rock stomp of Black Cherry put many people off, but I see the two as halves of a whole. Embracing the goddess in all her aspects.

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Thu Apr 06 2023
5

Really haunting and beautiful album. I loved it from the get go. 😍 Love Alison Goldfrapp's vocals.

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Fri Apr 28 2023
5

It's criminal for an album to be this good

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Fri Jun 02 2023
5

Woow zelf buiten het ye sample vond ik dit een geweldige ontdekking. Heel mooi

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Thu Jun 15 2023
5

One of my fav albums ever, glad to find it here.

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Fri Jun 16 2023
5

Every artist in the world of music who breaks the barrier of the easy formula, the sameness of the fashion of a decade or the convention of the record companies ends up standing out. Technical quality and stylistic harmony define this album.

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Wed Nov 01 2023
5

Very much my vibe. Would definitely listen again.

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Thu Nov 02 2023
5

I fucking loved this. Listened on the way to Bean's birthday dinner and then again this morning. I want this on vinyl!

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Tue Nov 28 2023
5

Неожиданно классный альбом. Вокалистка поёт очень красиво, аранжировки мелодичные и крайне интересно продуманы. Сделано всё очень стильно. Напомнило более поздний проект Александра Титова и его жены.

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Wed Dec 06 2023
5

Liked it more with each time listening

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Sun Dec 17 2023
5

Incredibly diverse, unique, catchy.

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Sat Dec 23 2023
5

Lovely, gorgeous. Loved this for many years. Soon as the theramin hits in Lovely Head you know you are in for something special. Clearly heavily influenced by John Barry in places, particularly Paper Bag. Properly blissful. Utopia is magnificent. Surprised by the divisive reviews, if this isn't for you fair enough, but one star reviews saying it's just... boring, or nothing, I cannot connect with on any level. I guess some people don't like interesting music, I quite clearly just don't understand. Listening today to Horse Tears I am reminded of the For the Damaged Coda by Blonde Redhead (Rick and Morty evil Morty theme) which came out around the same time.

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Wed Jan 24 2024
5

Fascinating artist... In this album she brings in 1960s pop and spy movie touches along with early 20th century burlesque.

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Wed Jan 31 2024
5

Muy bonito. No es precioso, pero merece un 5.

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Tue Feb 20 2024
5

We do appreciate a haunted cabaret circus around these parts.

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Tue Feb 20 2024
5

Lush and lovely, I was absolutely swept away by this wonderful album. A little slice of electronified mid-century lounge exotica. I thought it was absolutely perfectly done.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

Sort of like Portishead but with a James Bond kinda feel. Not something I’d listen to a lot, but good. Mostly mellow.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

Very unorthodox and different but good. Angelic voice, a synth sounding like many various instruments and a movie score-like composition

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Pretty different from everything else I listened to. Very interesting listen.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

I actually really like this! Some very interesting combinations of sounds that come together in a way that's ahead of its time.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

J’ai bien aime, c’est special et tres atmospherique. Je n’ai pas entendu beaucoup de chose comme ca. 4.25

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Música ambiental/electrónica curiosa

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Great album - more of the same please

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Varsin hyvin otessaan pitävää musiikkia. Moni levy häipyy helposti taustamusiikiksi, mutta tämä levy piti otteessaan. Hyvällä tavalla kiinnostava ääni laulajalla. Rauhallista ja silkinpehmeää musiikkia, missä on paljon tunnetta. Sellaista vähän parempaa Bond-tunnaria koko levy.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

Lush and atmospheric. A total departure from what I believed Goldfrapp to be.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

A very dynamic album, switching up styles almost every song. Songs go from broody and sulking to angelic to Latin inspired, and more.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Never heard of this group. I'll be listening to more for sure. Very chill and haunting vocals.

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Mon May 24 2021
4

This is nice. Made in 2000, but going for a Dusty Springfield vibe just with more electronica influences. I like it. Favourite track: “Utopia”

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Actually like this quite a bit.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

Really enjoyed. Smooth, James Bond type jams. Late night cocktails and sexy eyes.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

Sounds like she’s in her dressing gown. Like that time I saw her live.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

A lovely low-key album. Alison's vocals work well with these smooth, lush sounds that move so slowly, it feels like you're in a memory or a dream. It experiments with some weird ideas and doesn't always pay off, but for the most part it's a nice album. Even the circus music ended up sounding pretty good!

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

Early you get James Bond soundtrack vibes from this, then in the back half it's more of a horror movie score. Very sultry vocals with squealing electronic backing of a theremin, orchestral strings. Pretty good. Some parts get a little weird, the ending of Deer Stop kind of meandered a bit and could have stopped sooner. Oompa Radar was pretty unique, polka evil circus vibe.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

Heeft wat donkere nummers maar wel wat ik mooi vind

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

Very nice and dark. Paper bag and Deer Stop as two favorites. Will put this into the rotation!

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Very spacey, but I liked it! It sounds like film music, in a good way.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

This album has the strengths and weaknesses of a debut by a clearly talented and idiosyncratic artist. We have such a lush and engrossing sound, led by an utterly sensuous and beguiling voice, simultaneously titilllating and menacing: a dip into a lustrous black. However, sometimes the record takes the aesthetic too far, and stumbles into mild self-parody. The circus music of Oompah Radar (wow, some people find clowns sinister!) and the occasional stabs at surrealist lyrics (gosh, dream imagery!) don't fully work. All this is to be expected: with such a unique artistic vision, Alison Goldfrapp is comparable to Kate Bush, in that her muse leads her to either to the misguided or the inspired. However, like Kate Bush, Goldfrapp has the sheer flair and savvy to transcend her whimsies on her best work, such as on her two subsequent albums. Felt Mountain is a great introduction to her work, but "introduction" is the operative word.

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