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Black Cherry

Black Cherry

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Black Cherry

"Goldfrapp are Alison Goldfrapp (vocals, synths) and Will Gregory (synths)," read the liner notes on Black Cherry. Don't say they didn't warn you. Prepare yourself for lots of squelch, filters, pitch-bending, etc.; everything is engineered here. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but a slew of trippy sounds does not a masterpiece make. The album revolves around relationships and sex, but it's more of the impersonal, S&M/bondage variety. The dreamy "Hairy Trees" is a wallowing journey to sensual bliss, but even the slower tunes come off more like sex with a robot or something. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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Mike has been working with Prefix since January 2003, which is basically forever in Internet time. After rocking nothing but Hall & Oates and Duran Duran as a child, he grew attached to hip-hop in the late 1980s, but he eventually came around to most of the other kinds of music produced with computers and whatever it is the kids are calling indie rock these days. By day hes the news editor of a daily paper in San Francisco, so theoretically he knows what's going on but he's usually too busy eating burritos and talking about baseball to be bothered.

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