Black Cherry

Black Cherry

by GoldfrappGoldfrapp


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Goldfrapp seemed an atypical participant in the late-'90s invasion of female-fronted trip-hop groups -- the duo were less a product of saccharine mid-tempo beats than knowing, technologically savvy music historians making tunes for the chill-out room's smart set. "Portishead's spunkier younger sister" seems to have gotten it about right. Black Cherry, vocalist Allison Goldfrapp and synthesizer man Will Gregory's second proper full-length, doesn't just stick with this strategy. It builds on it, informing the group's sound with current club styles -- that is, the rebirth of all things '80s, plying a dark, synthetic layer to songs. So, like a thief in the night, electro robotics take over part of Goldfrapp's soul. From the first gray note and Linn-drum combo of opener "Crystalline Green" through the acidic homemade throbs of the marching "Train" -- with assistance from Portishead's Adrian Utley and Mark "Sparklehorse" Linkous -- into the overtly early-'80s pulse of "Strict Machine," Goldfrapp embrace the electro sound favored by fellow post-millennial travelers such as Peaches, Fischerspooner, and Felix Da Housecat. The results are bound to make the leg-warmer set jump for joy on the disco-lights dance-floor, but those who connected with the glacial melodicism of Goldfrapp's debut shouldn't fear. Between various "Der Kommisar" moves, the title track and "Deep Honey" strike beautiful and elegiac tones, as though Goldfrapp's intent is to provide glam-frosted grist for both the hips and the brain.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2003
Label: Mute U.S.
UPC: 0724596920626
catalogNumber: 9206

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Goldfrapp   Primary Artist
Andy Davis   Guitar
Mark Linkous   Casio
Adrian Utley   Bass,Guitar
Nick Batt   Synthesizer
Alison Goldfrapp   Synthesizer,Vocals,Group Member
Will Gregory   Synthesizer,Group Member
Damon Reece   Drums
Rowan Oliver   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Nick Ingman   Orchestration,String Conductor
Nick Batt   Programming,Engineer
Alison Goldfrapp   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Art Direction
Will Gregory   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Rowan Oliver   drum programming
Goldfrapp   Producer,Engineer
Big Active   Art Direction,Illustrations

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