After being singled out for stardom at the turn of the millennium, Goldfrapp were tipped to be the sound of this decade. These days it seems that you will only hear the synth pop duo’s tunes over an advert for some kind of detergent, so as if to combat a fall into obscurity Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory are releasing a singles collection. It’s sort of a “best of”, incorporating everything that you’ll have probably heard of note by the duo.
The album starts strongly with arguably the bands most well received single, ‘Ooh La La’. And while again this song may only conjure images of whichever product it is backing at the moment, it does somewhat give a great showcase to the appeal of Goldfrapp. While managing to sound and even look a bit like a Madonna single, the catchy chorus is enough for any fan of this genre, me included. This may not be my cup of tea, but one would be mad to disagree that ‘Ooh La La’ is not a fantastic piece of pop.
The arrangement of the songs on the album is always something which comes up when you look at a ‘Greatest Hits’, a ‘Best O’ or in this case, a ‘Singles Collection.’ In my humblest of humble opinions though, on a single collection you want to flick around to your favourite song, not appreciate the album and the story it’s telling, as there is no story to be told.
But as far as organisation goes, it gets an A+. The choice of singles is as expected pretty spot on, and you’ve got another Goldfrapp big hitter ‘Happiness’ and fan favourites of old (‘Rocket’) and new (‘Melancholy Sky’) near the tail end of the album. As the record starts of quite fast paced, it makes sense that the climax is not a bombardment of synth pop, but instead it is a blissful showcase of Alison Goldfrapp’s vocal talents and the ability of her compatriot in music Will Gregory to create a chilled out atmosphere.
As any with singles collection, it is difficult to award a stunning review, as any fan out there that enjoys Goldfrapp’s music will be yearning for new releases. However as far as an intermission in the career goes, this one isn’t all too shabby.
Goldfrapp’s ‘The Singles’ collection will be released on the 6th of February on Mute/Parlophone.