Album review: Tales of Us by Goldfrapp

Published by Press Association


VIDEO: Goldfrapp - Drew (official music video)

Britain's favourite electronic music duo are back on track following a panicked retreat into their 80s synth-pop comfort zone on 2010’s disappointing Head First.

Sixth album Tales of Us is their most intimate release to date – a collection of intense ballads brought to life by acoustic riffs and cinematic strings, building on the folky charms of 2008’s Seventh Tree.

What the record lacks in anthemic power it possesses in astounding lyrical breadth, with each song an evocative character sketch – Ulla, Simone and new single Drew among the highlights.

And the softly whispered vocals for which the eponymous singer is latterly known almost make you forget her gyrating over theremins on stage a few years ago. Almost.



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