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Supernature - Goldfrapp
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Supernature - Goldfrapp
Advantages: Quirky, fun and intelligent.
Disadvantages: Goes too fast.
Supernature is an electronica album released by the famous duo, Goldfrapp named after the lead singer Alison Goldfrapp. Supernature was released in 2005. There's been a lot of heavy electronica influence in music in recent years with the use of autotune and heavy use of synthesizers. Fortunatly Goldfrapp are one of those bands who take pride of their electronic routes and pushes them to the boundaries. The music reminds me of Saturday Nights because by complete accident, they've made some catchy and rather delicate dance tunes. Alison's poignant voice matches the music perfectly and gives it the extra chilling effect that the music already has to give us.
There are obvious disco influences, but the disco sounds are very submissive whilst the ambient electronic sounds are much more dominant. I think that this is one of Goldfrapp's most accessible albums. The pleasant experiments offer a commercial charm and also high artistic value. It's the sort of album that tries to provide a little bit of everything to please everybody. I think Goldfrapp did a good job on this album. I don't think that this album has aged at all to be honest. It sounds a lot fresher than some pop albums I've heard from 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Supernature kicks off with the seductive hit Ooh La La. It's deep, contains a very simple beat which repeats itself a lot, but it's super effective. This is one of the first songs I've heard from Goldfrapp, and I think it's a very iconic song. I remember hearing this song on a couple of advertisements. To be honest, I prefer Lovely 2 C U a lot more than Ooh La La because I think it's got a lot more substance. I love the chorus to this song. I love it's pace because it makes me hyped up.
Ride On A White Horse is a super glamorous song with lyrics that might take a while to get into it. It's a fine sound with an infectious beat and icy vocals. I like how Alison and her right hand man, Will Gregory go mad on this song. It makes the next track You Never Know very surprising as it's a lot more eerie and translucent, I like it's strong cinematic sound.
Let It Take You changes the upbeat mood into a more gloomy mode with a slow pace. I think that this has a very dreamy tone to it and I personally find this song to be really romantic. This also mixes the cinematic ambient sound with the clever keyboards. I can't help but feel that when I'm listening to this song that I feel underwater.
Fly Away brings the album back to it's fast paced and adventurous synthpop. Fly Away would be a great song for driving, it's got that energetic drive. I think Alison's voice calms everything down though. But the beats and rhythm on this song is quite impressive.
I can't help but feel that Slide In is a song about sex. "Slide in: feel the future rushing slowly right now." This chorus makes me think of reproduction. There's nothing really dirty about this song apart from the baseline. I like Alison's vocals on this one, I think it sounds really awesome especially the high pitched notes.
I love Koko because of it's solid baseline and oriental beats. This really reminds me of Kate Bush because of the poetic lyrics and synthetic baseline. I think that they might also remind other people of Depeche Mode because they make some great synthpop music. I think Koko is one of my favourite tracks from this album because I think it's really intense and fills my ears with wonderful sounds.
Satin Chic has a really strange and eerie. This song is about three minutes, but feels like a minute. I think song is somewhat similar to Oh La La as in it's quite repetitive and simple without being dull and boring. It's the complete opposite for Time Out For The World is quite slow and ethereal. When I hear Time Out For The World, I have to stop what I'm doing because I find the trance beats, ambient flow and Alison's voice really hypnotising. It also reminds me of Madonna's album Ray Of Light.
The last track of the album is ironically called Number 1. It uses a lot of fashion and dog metaphors in the lyrics and use them to say the person they love is their master. It's of the same quality and vibe as the previous tracks. I don't think it's as good as the other tracks though because it doesn't progress as much, although it might be because I thought Time Out For The World was so good that I was expecting something better for the finale, but under delivered.
Summary: Third Time Lucky