Goldfrapp
Felt Mountain


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dylan S. USER (69 Reviews)
November 5th, 2011 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The greatest soundtrack to a horror movie that never existed.

Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory of the band Goldfrapp are a true definition of modern musical chameleons. Each one of their current five albums have their own sound, while never entirely abandoning Alison's bold sexuality that she expresses carefully and beautifully in the band's music. this is very much unlike many other pop musicians (using that word loosely) that only use sexually blunt lyrics to attract fans and attention; disco stick anyone?

From the glam rock synthesizers on Black Cherry, the dance heavy Supernature, the beautiful acoustic work on Seventh Tree, and the 80's throwback that is Head First, Goldfrapp has pretty much been very pop and upbeat for the majority of their career, that is excluding their most overlooked album, their debut, Felt Mountain.

Felt Mountain contains pop elements but is by far the most experimental thing they have done, totally embracing Portishead-like trip hop and lush sounds of horror movie soundtrack suspense. Opening with the haunting whistles of "Lovely Head," the subtle strings and downbeat of the song flow neatly over the random intermissions of a strange vocal noise. While a great introduction for what is to come, the album only goes higher with "Paper Bag." The song utilizes the gentle strums of a guitar over more strings and a quiet drum roll while Alison sings lines like, "Brown paper bag, makes for a hat," and "No time to ***." The duo of great consecutive songs is made a trilogy when the slightly more lively, "Human" breaks in with its louder, more theatric sounds.

While the album does not have any bad songs by any means, it tends to hit a bit of a lull though in the center section where songs like "Pilots" and "Deer Stop" start to mesh together. The latter track, sounding so ridiculously similar to a Portishead song that the line between barrowing a sound to completely ripping off another band gets a little blurry. Despite this, the album redeems itself with the final three songs, starting with the instrumental, "Oompa Radar," a song that sounds straight out of some demented circus, adding to the already well-played horror movie vibe. This is followed by the highlight of the album, and one of Goldfrapp's best songs, "Utopia," where Alison sings of a Vonnegut-style world of perfection over another layer of her strong vocals yodeling into the microphone. Following this is the album's closing song, "Horse Tears," a song that could easily pass for a 50's ballad or the ending to an old style horror movie where the surviving character has faced the killer and won, despite everyone she knows already dying at his hands, leaving her utterly alone in the most bittersweet way.



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dylantheairplane
November 5th 2011


2179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thinking of doing a Goldfrapp discography, not a huge task obviously since it is only 5 albums, but I love love love this band.

dylantheairplane
November 6th 2011


2179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Insert Shameless Bump Here

CaptWaffles
April 26th 2012


197 Comments


Sounds really cool, checking it out now

great review too, have a pos

KILL
November 11th 2012


74378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool stuff

Valixous
July 7th 2013


61 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is seriously good. Pilots is a fantastic track. Oh my.

KILL
February 20th 2015


74378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pilots and utopia are perfect

KILL
February 22nd 2015


74378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

vocals in horse tears are omg

KILL
February 27th 2015


74378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

were pilots watching starz

Cygnatti
February 27th 2015


26570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I keep putting this off fuck

Digging: Elysia Crampton - American Drift

johnnydeking29
February 27th 2015


10457 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Horse Tears is an amazing closer. For me, Oompa Radar drags and Human's chorus is a bit melodramatic, but the album is otherwise spot on.

KILL
February 28th 2015


74378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea human sounds like a james bond tune or some shit, still great though



cant get enough of her voice

johnnydeking29
April 3rd 2015


10457 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This just gets better and better every listen

chinesewhispers
April 3rd 2015


2460 Comments


Agreed, this album is something else

Frippertronics
May 17th 2015


5510 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Seems more like a soundtrack to a lost noir film than a horror film tbh

KILL
May 17th 2015


74378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best vox cept cocteau

chinesewhispers
May 17th 2015


2460 Comments


Idk man they run a pretty close race

KILL
May 17th 2015


74378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but then theres kate, n bjork, n annie

damn

chinesewhispers
May 17th 2015


2460 Comments


Oh shit too much greatness in one comment

Tbh Annie's not the best singer but she might be the best songwriter of the 3 at least imo

Frippertronics
May 19th 2015


5510 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You are the name

And you're the one

That you're forever

Indistinct

johnnydeking29
May 19th 2015


10457 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Goldfrapp needs so much more love on this site



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