Goldfrapp Felt Mountain Special Edition 2001 [UPDATED] 💡
Goldfrapp Felt Mountain Special Edition 2001
„What you get is a texture that’s kind of–at the same time–glossy and dusty, old, but at the same time, it’s really shiny and new.“ The second half of the album is warmer and more pastoral in theme. Alison’s voice is more present here, helming the duets „Cyclops“ and the title track.
Its follow-up Anywhere But Here is a slightly more sophisticated affair than its predecessor, but otherwise the two albums are an instrumental homologue. It seems that some listeners have mixed the two albums up in their heads, and when Anywhere But Here was released in 2002 it topped the charts in the U.S. A #2 single was „Sinner,“ a 6.3-million-selling U.S. modern dance hit about a relationship gone bad. The song is from the duo’s 1997 eponymous debut, but came out in the U.S. last year as a single.
As the whole album reviews roll, we’re back into that world. The last-minute decision to dump the running order proved fortuitous, because „Christabel“ has a little bit of a Gilbert and Sullivan feel to it but the rest is very much the kind of Gothic big-band sound that automatically comes to mind when you think of Goldfrapp. It’s totally charming. There’s a surprising amount of cabaret, particularly in the middle and late sections. Perhaps because the mood has moved towards comedy.
If Felt Mountain can just scratch the surface of what’s out there, the new collaboration with dance DJ and producer DJ Food sounds like a much broader exploration. Whereas on „Sinner“ Alison’s voice wasn’t even a hint of the fray, on „Ghost“ there’s a fair bit of cabaret. A duet with Sinéad O’Connor, „Nurse,“ is reminiscent of a vintage Tom Waits album, but the mood on „Prince Charming“ and „Let My Love Open the Door“ has a wider, almost Broadway appeal.