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Black Cherry

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Goldfrapp's Black Cherry inhabits a dark alley, bristling with urban menace and throbbing with a deep electronic pulse--a far cry from their breezy debut, which gently led the listener to a fairytale aural utopia occupied by Parisian pop, whistling divas and baroque masters. Having given up the countryside for a neon-lit studio, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory have infused Black Cherry with an intensity and brooding claustrophobia that's both exuberant and sensual. Simultaneously mellifluous and mechanical, tracks such as "Train," with its fiery industrial rhythm, steer Goldfrapp dangerously close to the ailing electro-clash scene, before veering back to more familiar territory with the likes of the sultry, downbeat "Black Cherry" and languid dreamy ambience of "Forever." Elsewhere our Hampshire-bred heroine gets deep down and dirty on "Twist," an ode to oral that finds Goldfrapp waxing lyrical to a fierce driving Kraftewerk-esque synth. No Felt Mountain to get lost in, but at least there's "Hairy Trees" to make up for it. --Christopher Barrett

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(Mute) The perpetual dilemma that follows releasing a spectacular debut like 2000's Felt Mountain is the expectation of a worthy follow-up. Much of the anticipation leading up to Black Cherry came from wondering how Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory would pull this off: to replicate their art-hop masterpiece or fall into the disastrous sophomore slump.The two settled on a sound heavily steeped in the current electro revival as a foundation for Goldfrapp's icy vocals. It's more Siouxsie Sioux than Eartha Kitt with Gregory, abandoning the haunting Ennio Morricone-style scores, still managing to work the arrangements as cinematic with a synth-heavy, electro template. "Tiptoe" is like Portishead on acid; "Slippage" a slowed, industrial burner with a crushing beat and beautiful, lyric-less vocals. Unfortunately, these tracks lie on what is an inconsistent effort, and much of what's found here is fairly pop-tinged. Far from forgettable, Black Cherry falls a bit short of the sum of its parts but is valuable for its more daring numbers.

Tony Bogdanovski -- From URB Magazine

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BMG/Mute
  • ASIN: B00008XERP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By k VINE VOICE on February 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I found out about Goldfrapp purely by coincidence, and checked it out because I liked the cover. I immediately liked the funky industrial beats, mixed with pixie glitter, sweet voices, orchestra backgrounds, lively rhythm and how the music grabbed my by my hair and slipped into my brain. I was hooked!

Goldfrapp reminds me of another band called LadyTron. I have been introduced to electronic music a few years ago, but mostly stuff such as Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis. They had no words, so listening to electronica with a female voice was a newer experience for me. I am definitely hooked on this type of music, as Black Cherry is an excellent cd, you can put it up really loud while you're getting ready for a party, or quieter if u need some nice background tunes.

Allison Goldfrapp drives this cd with disco and glam-rock themes. The first time I put this cd on shuffle with other related artists such as Jem, Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation, whenever Black cherry songs came on id run over to see what this music was because it was so good. I adore this whole cd, as it's funky, up beat and definitely cutting edge. You will not be bored of this one, that's for sure.

This should be part of some required listening if you like cool new music. Its like eating gourmet food versus frozen pizza. This cd is not a waste of anyone's time for sure, as it's rich, deep and satisfying to the ear. If anything its addictive, you cant wait fro the next time you can put it on.
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I was a bit hesitant about getting "Black Cherry" when I heard that the duo ditches their cinematic sound heard on their steller debut album "Felt Mountain" for a different sound in the vein of Fischerspooner and the electro-clash movement which I am not to wild about. When I found a used copy of "Black Cherry" today, I decided to give it a shot. Goldfrapp's sound definitely has changed on their new cd but for the better. The gorgeous cinematic strings from the first album is definitely gone. "Black Cherry" definitely has a slinkier, more sexier sound than on their first album "Felt Mountain". There definitely is elements of the electro-clash sound on "Black Cherry' minus the annoying beats that I heard on Fischerspooner's "#1". The Shirley Bassey comparison is no longer heard in Alison Goldfrapp's vocals. Alison sounds better than ever now that the group's sound has evolved. I think Alison was exploring her voal range throughout this album. "Train" is a funky, electro-clash/house track that just makes the listener wants to get up and dance. I must confess that I didn't know what to think of the group's new sound when I first heard "Crystalline Green" but after the second time I heard the song, it grew on me. Not all of the songs on the album has that electro-clash beats. "Black Cherry" is a silky, sensuous trip hop ballad. Kinda reminds me a bit of Hooverphonic from their second cd "Blue Power Wonder Milk". A beautiful song. "Tiptoe" is one of the more unique tracks on the cd. Very avant garde. I liked it a lot though. All in all I thought "Black Cherry" was an interesting follow up to the group's eponymous debut cd "Felt Mountain". Some people who expect to hear songs like "Paper Bag" and "Human" probably won't dig "Black Cherry". Those with open minds I think will enjoy the cd. I know I am glad to have taken a chance with "Black Cherry".
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By André Ming on January 13, 2006
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On Goldfrapp's highly anticipated, sizzling follow-up to their so well received debut ''Felt Mountain'', it's all about freedom. After conceiving a debut masterpiece, this duo simply decided to change dramatically their musical direction by entering the electro-glam world and trying to establish themselves in the middle of it - probably not for good, until a new change surprises us all someday.

Here the lyrics are still intense, but not as psycho as in their previous LP; here it's more about fun, with more dance, upbeat songs, that can sometimes sound deliciously strange (''Train'') or be more comfortably sensual catchy-pop (''Twist'', ''Strict Machine''). Unfortunatelly the 'ballads' (title track for example) are the weakest point of this album: they are too mechanical, too mellow and very less convincing than the soulful downtempo material of 'Felt Montain' the LP.

No matter what's your opinion and personal taste in regards to the musical style they decided to develop on this album, one thing is for sure: the album is solid in which it follows a direction, with very cohesive themes that really belong to it and are created the best way to fit the project's goals.

Goldfrapp's self-allowed feedom gives hand to their arty consciousness and is appearently gonna work as a fountain of many more daring, provocative and enjoyable discs to come...
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Amazon.com's house reviewer seems to imply that Black Cherry is a weaker effort than its predecessor Felt Mountain. Not so, grasshopper! Different, well, yes, but that's the idea isn't it? Although Felt Mountain might have higher highs, it also has lower lows. You can throw Black Cherry on and listen right through without a single weak or "off" song on the entire album. ... Alison Goldfrapp vamps and vixens and uses that golden angel voice of hers to slither and sex-ate all over the place. The most powerful single song is Goldfrapp's soaring, pulse-pounding riff on Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," with Alison doing her fave Giorgio Moroder honor with the S/M anthem "Strict Machine." Following that is her best ballad to date, the ethereal "Forever." Both "Forever" and the title song "Black Cherry" give us a deeper and more direct Goldfrapp, far more affecting than anything on Felt Mountain. She's not hiding out behind lush instrumentals here. The album generally seems to revel in a kind of retro late-1970's decadence: it is straight synthesizer and drum machines from beginning to end, none of those John Barry-esque horns from the first outing. But it really doesn't matter. Black Cherry is a more mature, more stylized and, ultimately, better work than Felt Mountain. And, come on, given how good Felt Mountain was, that's really saying something. Get Black Cherry and make your ears happy!
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