Release Date: Mar 7, 2006
Record label: Mute
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Electronic
It's something of a mystery why Mute Records waited until early 2006 to release Goldfrapp's third album, Supernature, in the U.S. After all, when it came out in the U.K. the previous summer, it made the duo into a bona fide chart success, to the point where the album's terrific lead single, "Ooh La La" -- on which Allison Goldfrapp channels Marc Bolan's dippy-cool vocals and lyrics over a shuffling, glam-tastic beat -- drew comparisons to former S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens' similarly glam-inspired hit "Some Girls." While Goldfrapp might balk at being called (or compared to) a pop act, it's undeniable that the duo has streamlined and simplified its sound since the baroque Felt Mountain days.
Last week, Gyles Brandreth gave an entertaining account of his first attempt to become a Conservative MP. Fresh out of university and bursting with his own brilliance, he bounded into the office of Tory Iain Macleod, only to receive this brusque but invaluable advice: "You're far too young. Go out - learn something, achieve something, and then come back in 10 years, not before." Macleod died in 1970 - otherwise he might have made a useful A&R man, urging fresh-faced wannabes to learn something of the world outside the recording studio.