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Black Cherry (album)

Black Cherry is the second album by British electronic duo Goldfrapp. It was released by Mute Records on 28 April 2003 in the United Kingdom to generally positive reviews. Most critics complimented its blend of retro and modern electropop music, which was a departure from the ambient sound of their debut. Black Cherry was a top twenty album in Goldfrapp's native United Kingdom, and its second single "Strict Machine" was a top twenty single. It earned Goldfrapp a nomination for "Best British Dance Act" at the 2004 BRIT Awards, but they lost to Basement Jaxx.

The album represented a change in Goldfrapp's musical style, and featured glam rock and synthpop music; inspirations were disco music group Baccara and techno artist Hakan Lidbo. In August 2005, the album was certified platinum in the UK, and has sold nearly 500,000 copies worldwide.

Background

The duo wrote three songs while touring in support of their debut album Felt Mountain but instead decided to take their work in a different direction with more rhythmic music. Goldfrapp quickly chose to record in a studio in a Bohemian area of Bath, England because they needed somewhere to put their equipment and start working. They began working on the album in January 2002 with a list of songs they wanted to try to record, such as a disco song with only string instruments. The studio was dark, and its walls were covered in neon lights, so Alison Goldfrapp used them to write down her song ideas. They recorded early demos and worked on pre-production using a Yamaha 02R digital mixing console. Goldfrapp held jam sessions with Mark Linkous and Adrian Utley. After they built momentum writing the album, Goldfrapp decided not to move to another studio.

The album cover is a collage made by Mat Maitland of photographs taken by Polly Borland. It shows Alison Goldfrapp with two wolves, and artwork in the liner notes also has a wolf motif, including women with wolf heads. Goldfrapp explained that the wolves are a representation of might and mysticism and that she was "interested in the idea of metamorphosis and humans wanting to be like animals and animals wanting to be like humans.

Composition

After touring in support of Felt Mountain, Alison Goldfrapp stated that she felt performing slow torch songs "really claustrophobic." During their jam sessions, improvisation became a major part of the group's approach to recording Black Cherry. The album focuses more heavily on dance music and glam rock inspired synthesisers than its predecessor. Goldfrapp commented that the album differs from Felt Mountain because the band "wanted to put more kind of 'oomph' in it. She stated that the lyrics are "a lot more direct and…less ambiguous. The songs on Black Cherry are more forthright in describing sexuality than those on Felt Mountain.

Critical reception

Black Cherry generally received positive reviews from music critics. Alexis Petridis of The Guardian called it "a laudable, challenging and immensely enjoyable album. Michael Idov's review for Pitchfork Media referred to Goldfrapp as "ambulance chasers" for switching to electro music, and described Black Cherry as "a soundtrack to excruciatingly banal seduction. Rolling Stone's Pat Blashill disagreed, arguing that "tons of bands imitate the sounds of the early Eighties, but Goldfrapp use New Wave as a way to evoke a long history of shiny Euro-lounge music. In a review for Blender magazine, Dorian Lynskey wrote that on Black Cherry, "Goldfrapp sound right at home. Heather Phares of Allmusic commended Goldfrapp for "their artistic risk-taking" but noted that the album "sounds unbalanced, swinging between delicate, deceptively icy ballads and heavier, dance-inspired numbers without finding much of a happy medium between them. Andy Hermann wrote for PopMatters that Black Cherry was "a weird, edgy album, the work of two doggedly maverick talents chasing their muses wherever they take them".

Chart performance and sales

Black Cherry debuted on the UK albums chart on 10 May 2003 at number nineteen. The album remained on the chart for twenty-six weeks and has sold 256,703 copies. In August 2005, Black Cherry was certified platinum in the UK. The album reached the top thirty in Ireland, Norway and the top fifty in Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.

Black Cherry became Goldfrapp's first album release to chart in the United States. It reached number four on the Top Electronic Albums chart and number twenty-seven Top Independent Albums chart. The album has sold 52,000 copies in the U.S. since its release in March 2006.

Track listing

All songs were written by Goldfrapp and Gregory, except where noted.

  1. "Crystalline Green" – 4:28
  2. "Train" – 4:11
  3. "Black Cherry" – 4:56
  4. "Tiptoe" – 5:10
  5. "Deep Honey" – 4:01
  6. "Hairy Trees" – 4:37
  7. "Twist" – 3:32
  8. "Strict Machine" (Nick Batt, Goldfrapp, Gregory) – 3:51
  9. "Forever" – 4:14
  10. "Slippage" – 3:57

Bonus tracks

All bonus tracks appear on the Japanese edition of Black Cherry.

  1. "Big Black Cloud, Little White Lie" ("Tiptoe" revisited) – 3:07
  2. "Train" (Village Hall mix) – 5:28
  3. "Train" (Ewan Pearson 6/8 Vocal) – 7:34
  4. "Train" (T.Raumschmiere RMX) – 5:52

Dutch special edition

All tracks appear on the bonus disc of the Dutch special edition of Black Cherry.

  1. "Strict Machine" (Benny Benassi Sfaction edit) – 3:27
  2. "Train" (Ewan Pearson dub) – 7:46
  3. "Deep Honey" (Live at London ULU 2003) – 4:41
  4. "Hairy Trees" (Live at London ULU 2003) – 6:47
  5. "Yes Sir" – 3:58
  6. "El Train" (T.Raumschmiere RMX) – 5:52
  7. "Strict Machine" (Benny Benassi Sfaction extended mix) – 6:53

Personnel

The following people contributed to Black Cherry:

Release history

Region Date Format Catalog
United Kingdom 28 April 2003 CD, vinyl CDSTUMM196
Australia CD
Japan CD TOCP-66177
Spain CD EVERCD232
United States 6 May 2003 CD MUTE9206CD
Netherlands May 2004 CD 391.0196.023

Charts

Charts (2003) Peak
position
Belgian Albums Chart 46
France Albums Chart 45
German Albums Chart 21
Irish Albums Chart 30
Norwegian Albums Chart 26
Swiss Albums Chart 41
UK Albums Chart 19
U.S. Billboard Top Electronic Albums 4
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums 27

Notes

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