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Seventh Tree

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After spending years on the dancefloor with Black Cherry and Supernature, Goldfrapp take a breather with Seventh Tree. Allison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory slow down the beats and break out the acoustic guitars on a set of songs that suggest chilling out in a field during a hazy, watercolor summer; this is music for after the party, not after-parties. "Clowns" opens the album with fingerpicked acoustic guitar, bird songs, and Allison's nearly wordless vocalizing, making a statement that's bold because it's so gentle -- the effect is like stepping out into a sunny morning after spending all night in a club. At first, it's a shock, and then it feels great. Avoiding the glammy dance-pop of the duo's previous two albums is a bit of a risk, since Goldfrapp could probably make endless variations on "Ooh La La" and still have plenty of fans. However, Seventh Tree isn't so much a radical change for Goldfrapp as it is a shift in focus; even if it doesn't sound glam, it sounds glamorous. Sonic luxury has been the only constant in the duo's sound, from Felt Mountain's darkly lavish soundscapes to Black Cherry and Supernature's decadent dance hits, and there's plenty of it here, too. This is not Goldfrapp Unplugged, although acoustic guitars and strings waft in and out of the album effortlessly -- if anything, Seventh Tree's electro hippie-chic is the duo's most polished and luxe work yet. "Little Bird"'s psychedelic trip-hop builds to a majesty that recalls "Strawberry Fields Forever," buoyed by layer upon layer of guitar, vocals, sparkling synths, and a massive, rolling bassline. "Caravan Girl" is some of Goldfrapp's finest escapist pop, capturing the irresistible appeal of running away with big hooks and an even bigger wall of sounds backing them up. Allison uses her voice more beautifully and expressively than she has since Felt Mountain, especially on "Eat Yourself" and the Air-esque "Cologne Cerrone Houdini," where her upper register shines. Goldfrapp expand their emotional palette as well as their musical one on Seventh Tree, digging deeper into the vulnerable territory they explored with Supernature's "Number One." On "Monster Love" and "A&E," where Allison confesses "think I want you still, but it may be pills at work," the duo pulls off the confessional, folktronic singer/songwriter style with more flair than their peers. "Happiness," on the other hand, offers some surprisingly cheeky irony, pondering how to find "real love" (answer: "donate all your money") while coming across like a cheery cult anthem about trading your worldly possessions for colorful robes. With all the sounds and feelings Seventh Tree explores, it's clear that Goldfrapp doesn't miss the style the pair perfected on their last two albums, nor should they -- this is some of their most varied, balanced, and satisfying work. [A limited edition of Seventh Tree was also released with a DVD featuring live performances at Bexhill-on-Sea's De La Warr Pavilion; the videos for "A&E," "Happiness," and "Caravan Girl"; and TV performances of "Clowns" and "Road to Somewhere."]
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1
Clowns
00:04:08

Andrew Murphy, Acoustic Guitar - Stephen Marcussen, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Chris Worsey, Cello - Everton Nelson, Violin - Stephen Morris, Violin - David Daniels, Cello - Paddy Lannigan, Double Bass - Dermot Crehan, Violin - mary Scully, Double Bass - Peter Lale, Viola - Flood, Additional Production - Jonathan Rees, Violin - Goldfrapp, MainArtist - Will Gregory, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, Instruments - Alison Goldfrapp, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Recording Engineer - Jon Thorne, Viola - Chris Tombling, Violin - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Boguslaw Kostecki, Violin - Mark Berrow, Violin - Chris Clad, Violin - Sonia Slany, Violin - Paul Kegg, Cello - Jackie Shave, Violin - Katie Wilkinson, Viola - Tony Hoffer, Mixer - Bill Mims, Mixer - Tim Oliver, Additional Recording - Cathy Giles, Cello - Alexander Balanescu, Violin - Alex Lee, Acoustic Guitar - Ann Morfee, Violin - Debbie Widdup, Violin - Alexander Balenescu, Violin - Chris Pitsilides, Viola - Robin Firman, Cello - Melissa Phelps, Cello - Kit Morgan, Acoustic Guitar

© 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

2
Little Bird
00:04:24

Aidan Love, Additional Programmer - Stephen Marcussen, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Chris Worsey, Cello - Everton Nelson, Violin - Stephen Morris, Violin - David Daniels, Cello - Paddy Lannigan, Double Bass - Dermot Crehan, Violin - mary Scully, Double Bass - Peter Lale, Viola - Flood, Additional Production - Jonathan Rees, Violin - Goldfrapp, MainArtist - Will Gregory, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, Instruments - Alison Goldfrapp, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Recording Engineer - Jon Thorne, Viola - Chris Tombling, Violin - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Boguslaw Kostecki, Violin - Charlie Jones, Bass - Mark Berrow, Violin - Chris Clad, Violin - Sonia Slany, Violin - Paul Kegg, Cello - Jackie Shave, Violin - Katie Wilkinson, Viola - Tony Hoffer, Mixer - Bill Mims, Mixer - Tim Oliver, Additional Recording - Cathy Giles, Cello - Damon Reece, Drums - Alexander Balanescu, Violin - Alex Lee, Guitar - Ann Morfee, Violin - Debbie Widdup, Violin - Alexander Balenescu, Violin - Chris Pitsilides, Viola - Robin Firman, Cello - Melissa Phelps, Cello

© 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

3
Happiness
00:04:16

Eliza Lumley, Choir - Stephen Marcussen, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Flood, Producer, Keyboards, Co-Producer - Jenny O'Grady, Conductor, Choir - Goldfrapp, MainArtist - Will Gregory, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, Instruments - Alison Goldfrapp, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Recording Engineer - Charlie Jones, Bass - Tony Hoffer, Mixer - Bill Mims, Mixer - Tim Oliver, Additional Recording - Damon Reece, Drums, Percussion - Sarah Eyden, Choir - Samantha Shaw, Choir - Rachel Weston, Choir - Sam Burkey, Choir - Yona Dunsford, Choir - Tom Pearce, Choir

© 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

4
Road to Somewhere
00:03:51

Stephen Marcussen, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Chris Worsey, Cello - Everton Nelson, Violin - Stephen Morris, Violin - David Daniels, Cello - Paddy Lannigan, Double Bass - Dermot Crehan, Violin - mary Scully, Double Bass - Peter Lale, Viola - Flood, Additional Production - Jonathan Rees, Violin - Goldfrapp, MainArtist - Will Gregory, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, Instruments - Alison Goldfrapp, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Recording Engineer - Jon Thorne, Viola - Chris Tombling, Violin - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Boguslaw Kostecki, Violin - Mark Berrow, Violin - Chris Clad, Violin - Sonia Slany, Violin - Paul Kegg, Cello - Jackie Shave, Violin - Katie Wilkinson, Viola - Tony Hoffer, Mixer - Bill Mims, Mixer - Tim Oliver, Additional Recording - Cathy Giles, Cello - Simon Rogers, Guitar - Alexander Balanescu, Violin - Ann Morfee, Violin - Debbie Widdup, Violin - Nick Batt, Drum Programmer - Ruth Wall, Harp - Alexander Balenescu, Violin - Chris Pitsilides, Viola - Robin Firman, Cello - Melissa Phelps, Cello

© 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

5
Eat Yourself
00:04:06

Eliza Lumley, Choir - Stephen Marcussen, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Chris Worsey, Cello - Everton Nelson, Violin - Stephen Morris, Violin - David Daniels, Cello - Paddy Lannigan, Double Bass - Dermot Crehan, Violin - mary Scully, Double Bass - Peter Lale, Viola - Flood, Producer, Co-Producer - Jonathan Rees, Violin - Jenny O'Grady, Conductor, Choir - Goldfrapp, MainArtist - Will Gregory, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, Instruments - Alison Goldfrapp, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Recording Engineer - Jon Thorne, Viola - Chris Tombling, Violin - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Boguslaw Kostecki, Violin - Mark Berrow, Violin - Chris Clad, Violin - Sonia Slany, Violin - Paul Kegg, Cello - Jackie Shave, Violin - Katie Wilkinson, Viola - Tony Hoffer, Mixer - Bill Mims, Mixer - Tim Oliver, Additional Recording - Cathy Giles, Cello - Alexander Balanescu, Violin - Alex Lee, Electric Guitar, Bass - Ann Morfee, Violin - Debbie Widdup, Violin - Sarah Eyden, Choir - Samantha Shaw, Choir - Rachel Weston, Choir - Sam Burkey, Choir - Yona Dunsford, Choir - Tom Pearce, Choir - Alexander Balenescu, Violin - Chris Pitsilides, Viola - Robin Firman, Cello - Melissa Phelps, Cello

© 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

6
Some People
00:04:40

Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Bass - Stephen Marcussen, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Chris Worsey, Cello - Everton Nelson, Violin - Stephen Morris, Violin - David Daniels, Cello - Paddy Lannigan, Double Bass - Dermot Crehan, Violin - mary Scully, Double Bass - Peter Lale, Viola - Flood, Producer, Co-Producer - Jonathan Rees, Violin - Goldfrapp, MainArtist - Will Gregory, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, Instruments - Alison Goldfrapp, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Recording Engineer - Jon Thorne, Viola - Chris Tombling, Violin - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Boguslaw Kostecki, Violin - Mark Berrow, Violin - Chris Clad, Violin - Sonia Slany, Violin - Paul Kegg, Cello - Jackie Shave, Violin - Katie Wilkinson, Viola - Tony Hoffer, Mixer - Bill Mims, Mixer - Tim Oliver, Additional Recording - Cathy Giles, Cello - Alexander Balanescu, Violin - Denny Weston Jr, Drums - Ann Morfee, Violin - Debbie Widdup, Violin - Alexander Balenescu, Violin - Chris Pitsilides, Viola - Robin Firman, Cello - Melissa Phelps, Cello

© 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

7
A&E
00:03:17

Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Bass - Stephen Marcussen, Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Flood, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Keyboards - Goldfrapp, MainArtist - Will Gregory, Composer, Producer, Instruments - Alison Goldfrapp, Composer, Producer, Vocals - Tim Oliver, Engineer, Additional Recording, Recording - Denny Weston Jr, Drums - Steve Evans, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar - Nick Batt, Programmer, Drum Programmer - Ruth Wall, Harp

© 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

8
Cologne Cerrone Houdini
00:04:25

Aidan Love, Keyboards - Stephen Marcussen, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Chris Worsey, Cello - Everton Nelson, Violin - Stephen Morris, Violin - David Daniels, Cello - Paddy Lannigan, Double Bass - Dermot Crehan, Violin - mary Scully, Double Bass - Peter Lale, Viola - Flood, Additional Production - Jonathan Rees, Violin - Max Dingel, Drum Programmer - Goldfrapp, MainArtist - Will Gregory, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, Instruments - Alison Goldfrapp, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Vocals, Recording Engineer - Jon Thorne, Viola - Chris Tombling, Violin - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Boguslaw Kostecki, Violin - Charlie Jones, Bass - Mark Berrow, Violin - Chris Clad, Violin - Sonia Slany, Violin - Paul Kegg, Cello - Katie Wilkinson, Viola - Tim Oliver, Additional Recording - Cathy Giles, Cello - Alexander Balanescu, Violin - Alex Lee, Acoustic Guitar - Ann Morfee, Violin - Debbie Widdup, Violin - Alexander Balenescu, Violin - Chris Pitsilides, Viola - Robin Firman, Cello - Melissa Phelps, Cello - Jack Shave, Violin

© 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

9
Caravan Girl
00:04:05

Adrian Utley, Guitar, Bass - Eliza Lumley, Choir - Stephen Marcussen, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Flood, Producer, Keyboards, Additional Mixer, Co-Producer - Jenny O'Grady, Conductor, Choir - Goldfrapp, MainArtist - Will Gregory, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, Instruments - Alison Goldfrapp, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Recording Engineer - Charlie Jones, Bass - Tony Hoffer, Mixer, Bass - Bill Mims, Mixer - Tim Oliver, Additional Recording - Damon Reece, Drums - Alex Lee, Acoustic Guitar - Chris Goulstone, Drum Programmer - Sarah Eyden, Choir - Samantha Shaw, Choir - Rachel Weston, Choir - Sam Burkey, Choir - Yona Dunsford, Choir - Tom Pearce, Choir

© 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

10
Monster Love
00:04:22

Aidan Love, Additional Programmer - J. Spaceman, Arranger - Stephen Marcussen, Engineer, Mastering Engineer - Chris Worsey, Cello - Everton Nelson, Violin - Stephen Morris, Violin - Richard Evans, Guitar - David Daniels, Cello - Paddy Lannigan, Double Bass - Dermot Crehan, Violin - mary Scully, Double Bass - Peter Lale, Viola - Flood, Additional Production - Jonathan Rees, Violin - Goldfrapp, MainArtist - Will Gregory, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, Instruments - Alison Goldfrapp, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Recording Engineer - Jon Thorne, Viola - Chris Tombling, Violin - Patrick Kiernan, Violin - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Andy Parker, Viola - Cathy Thompson, Violin - Boguslaw Kostecki, Violin - Charlie Jones, Bass - Mark Berrow, Violin - Chris Clad, Violin - Sonia Slany, Violin - Paul Kegg, Cello - Jackie Shave, Violin - Katie Wilkinson, Viola - Tony Hoffer, Mixer - Bill Mims, Mixer - Tim Oliver, Additional Recording - Cathy Giles, Cello - Alexander Balanescu, Violin - Ann Morfee, Violin - Debbie Widdup, Violin - Chris Goulstone, Guitar - Alexander Balenescu, Violin - Chris Pitsilides, Viola - Robin Firman, Cello - Melissa Phelps, Cello

© 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2008 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

Album Description

After spending years on the dancefloor with Black Cherry and Supernature, Goldfrapp take a breather with Seventh Tree. Allison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory slow down the beats and break out the acoustic guitars on a set of songs that suggest chilling out in a field during a hazy, watercolor summer; this is music for after the party, not after-parties. "Clowns" opens the album with fingerpicked acoustic guitar, bird songs, and Allison's nearly wordless vocalizing, making a statement that's bold because it's so gentle -- the effect is like stepping out into a sunny morning after spending all night in a club. At first, it's a shock, and then it feels great. Avoiding the glammy dance-pop of the duo's previous two albums is a bit of a risk, since Goldfrapp could probably make endless variations on "Ooh La La" and still have plenty of fans. However, Seventh Tree isn't so much a radical change for Goldfrapp as it is a shift in focus; even if it doesn't sound glam, it sounds glamorous. Sonic luxury has been the only constant in the duo's sound, from Felt Mountain's darkly lavish soundscapes to Black Cherry and Supernature's decadent dance hits, and there's plenty of it here, too. This is not Goldfrapp Unplugged, although acoustic guitars and strings waft in and out of the album effortlessly -- if anything, Seventh Tree's electro hippie-chic is the duo's most polished and luxe work yet. "Little Bird"'s psychedelic trip-hop builds to a majesty that recalls "Strawberry Fields Forever," buoyed by layer upon layer of guitar, vocals, sparkling synths, and a massive, rolling bassline. "Caravan Girl" is some of Goldfrapp's finest escapist pop, capturing the irresistible appeal of running away with big hooks and an even bigger wall of sounds backing them up. Allison uses her voice more beautifully and expressively than she has since Felt Mountain, especially on "Eat Yourself" and the Air-esque "Cologne Cerrone Houdini," where her upper register shines. Goldfrapp expand their emotional palette as well as their musical one on Seventh Tree, digging deeper into the vulnerable territory they explored with Supernature's "Number One." On "Monster Love" and "A&E," where Allison confesses "think I want you still, but it may be pills at work," the duo pulls off the confessional, folktronic singer/songwriter style with more flair than their peers. "Happiness," on the other hand, offers some surprisingly cheeky irony, pondering how to find "real love" (answer: "donate all your money") while coming across like a cheery cult anthem about trading your worldly possessions for colorful robes. With all the sounds and feelings Seventh Tree explores, it's clear that Goldfrapp doesn't miss the style the pair perfected on their last two albums, nor should they -- this is some of their most varied, balanced, and satisfying work. [A limited edition of Seventh Tree was also released with a DVD featuring live performances at Bexhill-on-Sea's De La Warr Pavilion; the videos for "A&E," "Happiness," and "Caravan Girl"; and TV performances of "Clowns" and "Road to Somewhere."]
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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