Who the Heck is Alison Goldfrapp?
With undulating drum ticks and thrusting rhythms zipping along side analog synth ornamentation, Goldfrappâ€šÃ„Ã´s latest, Black Cherry is in serious danger of going completely unnoticed. The genre of avante-pop, as it stands, is sorely obscured by current trends in pop-emo and pop-punk. Is there room on the radio for electronic lullabies like â€šÃ„ÃºForeverâ€šÃ„Ã¹ or damn-near disco tracks like â€šÃ„ÃºTrainâ€šÃ„Ã¹?With more rhythm and bump than her previous album, Felt Mountain, Alison Goldfrapp abandons eerie ethereal sounds for a more dynamic little smattering of tracks that you could play at a party between Missy Eliot and old school Cure. In its weirdness lies Black Cherryâ€šÃ„Ã´s total versatility. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s almost a shame she hasnâ€šÃ„Ã´t sold out.
Having past associations with Massive Attack and Tricky, art-school Brit Goldfrapp has a niche into which she can squeeze her music, but word of mouth is about as far as she will be carried. Whatever she lacks in salability or typicality, Goldfrapp more than makes up for in talent. It just goes to show you that if you want good music, you might have to put effort into looking for it sometimes.