Alison Goldfrapp, known for her role as one-half of the iconic Goldfrapp duo, takes a bold step forward with her first ever solo album. ‘The Love Invention’ presents a collection of 11 tracks that showcase her artistic vision and talents as not just an incredible vocalist, but a producer and songwriter as well. Released under the German label BMG, the record explores various genres, including nu disco, electronica, and synth pop, resulting in a vibrant and energetic spread of sounds. One of the
standout aspects of the album is the emphasis on punchy drum work and vibrant bassline textures, which when paired with Alison’s voice creates a harmonising and nostalgia-inducing dance sound from start to finish. While it showcases her undeniable expertise as an artist, one drawback is the overbearing sense of familiarity. Some might find that a large majority of the tracks sound quite similar, with a somewhat formulaic nature to the production that occasionally hinders things overall. The album also features six bonus tracks which include remixes from Paul Woolford and Claptone, as well as an Alison Goldfrapp edit of her ‘Impossible’ collaboration with Royksopp.
Where to start:
So Hard So Hot: Modulated synth bass and heavyset kick drums
In Electric Blue: Harmonising vocals sit atop dense, rolling basslines
Love Invention: Punchy drums layered with shimmering synth work
Previous from Alison Goldfrapp:
Goldfrapp – Head First LP (2010, Mute)
Goldfrapp – Silver Eye (2017, Mute)
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Alison Goldfrapp – The Love Invention LP is out now on BMG.