Goldfrapp - "Happiness" review

Alison Goldfrapp

Goldfrapp and their electronica/pop have subtly and endearingly eased into my musical life. With each single release and TV appearances on shows like Jools Holland (watch video) and Jonathan Ross (watch video), I've found myself looking forward to their quirkiness and unpredictability more and more over the last few years.

With their latest single, "Happiness", Goldfrapp has once again caught my attention, and I'm happy to have it as part of my CD collection. The single is off of the British group's fourth studio album, 'Seventh Tree'.

"Happiness" is superbly produced, with excellent instrumentation, vocals and harmonies. Their familiar marching beats are there and singer Alison Goldfrapp's breathy vocals float around them with ease.

At first it's easy to assume that with a song called "Happiness", that it's simply about being happy. Instead it seems to be about finding happiness - and how the vulnerable can often be lured in and lead astray by certain groups of people in the quest to find happiness. That's how I'm interpreting the lyrics, anyway - if anyone else has any ideas, please leave a comment!

Goldfrapp - Happiness

Alison Goldfrapp looks great on the CD cover. Her outfits are usually quite eccentric - this time she's wearing a multi-color harlequin jumpsuit and a highway man/pirate hat, standing, bent over in what looks to be the natural lighting of either a sunrise or sunset.

"Road To Somewhere" acoustic version is the second song on the CD. A slower number, it's good to hear Alison's voice accompanied by a more stripped down production. Very nice.

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About Jenny May

Jenny May is the founder of Band Weblogs. Based in Oxford, England (originally from New England), Band Weblogs was created in 2005. With a passion for music, Jenny May has performed with bands in the US and the UK, her music has appeared in films, she was a vocal coach for the Yamaha Rock School and has worked on music projects with musicians such as Jon Fishman (Phish), Fyfe Dangerfield (Guillemots) and Cisco Adler (Shwayze). Jenny is currently writing music commentary and reviews for Band Weblogs and writing, recording and performing music with songwriter and musician Dave Tommo.
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