The new Goldfrapp is self-titled and it's another Astralwerks release. This is an electro-pop duo out of Scary Olde with Alison G, the voice, who dabbles mechanically and Will Gregory the master of the music machines. "Back in 1932, I invented the boogie," John Lee Hooker used to say in his just-the-facts way. That memorable beat later adopted by Bo Diddley became that same riff from Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" from those silly '60s to "Fried Hockey Boogie" from Canned Heat and so on - all those songs that gave your feet a direct order. And so it goes with the first song on this one, "Ooh La La." Miss G has that super sexy, whispery voice so intense, she could make a statue of J. Edgar Hoover sweat. However, now and again Miss G. slips into Firesign Theatre world and that dreaded "gas music from Jupiter" motif as on "Beautiful Head" and "Utopia" (which would really suck if this were the soundtrack) but usually it's some weirdly alluring techno pop with steamy vocals and now again, they resurrect that boogie beat. All right, then...
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Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
He is the tall guy lurking in the back of all the local rock shows.
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