When DFA’s James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy disco-ized Slide In from Goldfrapp’s already beat-centric Supernature record, the production duo didn’t have to do much more than add cowbell and up the tempo. Her fourth album, however, doesn’t lend itself as easily to such remixing ventures, and will likely be heard more in coffee houses than nightclubs. It’s a lush journey that leaves behind Black Cherry’s glam rock and electronic dabblings for a twilight world of ethereal pop. It’s a brave move considering how much dance-floor action nouveau disco currently gets.
Finger-plucking opener Clowns sets the dreamy tone. Along with partner Will Gregory, Goldfrapp floats her cosmic bubble through an angelic English psyche-out in Happiness and into morning-after epics like A&E. A must for anyone still heavily rotating Moon Safari.