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Black Cherry (2003)

Artist: Goldfrapp
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Format: CD
Sku: 60597146
UPC: 724596920626
UPC 14: 00724596920626
Release Date: 5/6/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Crystalline Green ~ Goldfrapp
2. Train ~ Goldfrapp
3. Black Cherry ~ Goldfrapp
4. Tiptoe ~ Goldfrapp
5. Deep Honey ~ Goldfrapp
6. Hairy Trees ~ Goldfrapp
7. Twist ~ Goldfrapp
8. Strict Machine ~ Goldfrapp
9. Forever ~ Goldfrapp
10. Slippage ~ Goldfrapp

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Goldfrapp: Alison Goldfrapp, Will Gregory.
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Adrian Utley (guitar, bass); Andy Davis (guitar); Mark Linkous (synthesizer); Charlie Jones (bass); Rowen Oliver (drums, percussion); Damon Reece (drums); Nick Batt, Rowan Oliver (programming).
Muze PNote Personnel: Allison Goldfrapp (vocals, synthesizer); Adrian Utley, Andy Davis (guitar); Nick Batt (synthesizer, programming); Will Gregory (synthesizer); Rowan Oliver (drums, percussion, drum programming); Damon Reece (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Tom Elmhirst; Dave Bascombe; Allison Goldfrapp; Steve Orchard; Will Gregory.
Muze PNote Recording information: AIR (2002).
Muze PNote Illustrator: Big Active.
Muze PNote Photographer: Polly Borland.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Allison Goldfrapp; Will Gregory.
Muze PNote A striking departure from Goldfrapp's well-received, cinematically atmospheric debut, FELT MOUNTAIN, 2003's BLACK CHERRY finds the British electronica duo cutting loose with a more energetic and dynamic set. The approach allows vocalist Alison Goldfrapp to indulge her inner Debbie Harry, while multi-instrumentalist Will Gregory playfully nods to 1980s synth-pop on saucy, percolating tunes such as "Crystalline Green" and "Train." Though many of BLACK CHERRY's tracks are geared toward the dance floor, particularly the glam-tinged "Strict Machine," the record still has relaxed moments, including the gorgeously swooning title track and the wonderfully dreamy "Deep Honey." Adding texture to the mix are top-notch auxiliary musicians, most notably Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous on synthesizer and Portishead's Adrian Utley on guitar and bass, resulting in a surprisingly layered album that truly works its magic with repeated listens. For those enamored of the group's club-friendly direction, Goldfrapp would proceed down a strobe-lit alley even further on this disc's follow-up, SUPERNATURE.

Producer: Goldfrapp; Alison Goldfrapp; Will Gregory

Engineer: Goldfrapp; Nick Batt; Alison Goldfrapp; Will Gregory

Artist Overview

Alison Goldfrapp first gained recognition for her astonishing vocal work on albums by Tricky and techno duo Orbital. She joined forces with composer Will Gregory in the late '90s to create her own moody, sensual version of contemporary electronica. With a succession of critically lauded albums, the duo honed its approach and utilized an assortment of influences ranging from traditional soundtrack themes and vintage pop to '80s synth sounds, disco, and glam rock to create one of the most intriguing and satisfying electronica hybrids to emerge from the genre since its inception.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Ultra Chilled 02
Muze Music Compilations Queer As Folk: Fourth Season
Muze Music Compilations We Are Glitter
Muze Music Compilations L-tunes: Music From & Inspired The L-word / T
Muze Music Compilations Sex And The City Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Women
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Threesome:seasons 3 4 5
Muze Music Compilations Jack Goes Boating

Associated Artists and Works

We Are Glitter ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/06/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 9206
Music Label Name Label : Mute
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00724596920626

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (5/15/03, p.134)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Both retro and futuristic, like vintage synth pop heard through a wall of disortion..."

Spin (5/03, p.116)
- "...Singer Alison Goldfrapp still wails like Kate Bush haunting a fog-soaked moor..." - Grade: B

Q (01/01/04, p.76)
- Ranked #35 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums of 2003" - "[T]his is plump, overripe music that squelches and squeals deliciously."

Uncut (01/04, pp.84-7)
- Ranked #34 in Uncut's "Albums Of The Year 2003"

Uncut (6/03, p.98)
- 5 stars out of 5 - "...Electro-funky and headily lovely, 'Crystalline Green' is just one of the album's several masterpieces..."

Magnet (4/03, p.88)
- "...The synths are dank and gloomy, and Goldfrapp's sad-girl voice sounds suitably disembodied and ethereal..."

CMJ (5/503, p.10)
- "...The mesmerizing arctic chill of FELT MOUNTAIN is gone, replaced instead with the leather, mascara, beats and muscle of BLACK CHERRY..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(5/03, p.91)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...[Goldfrapp] possess a masterful ear for stirring melodies, a healthy carnality and a furtive sense of humour that makes for rich, three-dimensional, six-sensual pop music that raises them high above many contemporaries..."

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