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Goldfrapp: Tales of Us [Album Review & Stream]

Words by Jacqui Wonder.

Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory invite you to meet their friends and hear their most intimate stories in new release Tales of Us. This sumptuous, delicate narrative is unprecedented, with nothing in Goldfrapp’s extensive back catalogue hinting at an album quite like this.

This is one of those albums you really need to lie back with your headphones on and enjoy the storytelling of two artists at work. It’s an evocative soundtrack to the stories of 10 characters, with each track named for one of those characters bar ‘Stranger’ whom with sweeping strings, soft vocals, romantic guitar riffs, sounds like my kind of stranger – if you know what I mean.

Favourites include ‘Drew’ who must be Spanish given the flamenco guitar flavours and tango inspirations; ‘Ulla’ who is simple bliss made alive from the balance of full strings, guitar and keys with Alison’s whispery, delicate vocals; and ‘Clay’ who drives the kind of redeeming momentum that leaves you on a high at the end of the album.

As usual those said vocals and the poetic lyrics of Goldfrapp do not disappoint, but I’m loving that the duo with now six studio albums (all of which have achieved Gold BPI status), and twenty-six single releases to their name, can still completely shock and awe – I’m going to pick my jaw up off the floor now.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Stream Goldfrapp’s transcendent album Tales of Us:

Now, take a moment to get to know ‘Drew’:

Tales Of Us is out now from Goldfrapp’s webstore.

Goldfrapp will be back in Australia this November for the Harvest 2013 festival. Tickets are on sale now. |

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