Review: Tales of Us by Goldfrapp

Tales of Us by GoldfrappGoldfrapp’s return to the quieter side of their oeuvre, Tales of Us, has a pretty good premise going on. All ten tracks are named after people (although “Stranger” is, well, a vague concept) and the songs are, as the title suggests, tales pertaining to these people. And it’s an initally alluring listen: Alison Goldfrapp, as always, coos her way to stories of longing and heartbreak. But Goldfrapp has always been a one-track band, in the sense that they’ll take one concept and run away with it: the glossy glam of Supernatural, the 80s pop of Head First, for one, and this lends to a monotonous, meandering feel for Tales of Us. The last three tracks pick up the pace, but by then – perhaps because of me, or the record itself – it all feels a little too boring. [NB] | 3/5

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