April 20, 2005

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Goldfrapp, Supernature
Mute, 2006

As a refugee of the trip-hop genocide that was the late ’90s and millennium, Goldfrapp have survived through the adaptation of electro-dance.

Tricky, Hooverphonic and similar acts perished with the word “soundscape” (I think the paddles are still to Massive Attack’s chest), but Goldfrapp have reemerged with an album of modern disco numbers that could stimulate a postpartum depressed Brooke Shields to bust a move. The opener and single “Ohh La La” grabs hold with enough sonic glam and energy to lighten the soul (if they have one) of the most bereft emo kid. From there it just keeps rolling like a good mixtape, with “Lovely 2 C U” and “Ride A White Horse.” Think Bjork and Portishead on uppers, but you know... funky... and living in the 80s.

Supernature shows little weakness other than being semi-shallow lyrically. But hey, it’s not about that! If AC/DC taught me anything, you don’t need lyrical complexity to rock. Goldfrapp fills part of the hole Madonna’s Confessions On The Dancefloor left in your heart or head, depending how you look at it. A
— Daniel Brian


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