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England's singer/composer/keyboardist Allison Goldfrapp began exploring music as a part of her studies as a Fine Art Painting

major at Middlesex University, mixing sound, visuals, and performances in her installation pieces. While she was still in college,

she appeared on her friend Tricky's 1995 debut Maxinquaye, which led to appearances on albums from other cutting-edge

electronic artists, including Orbital's Snivilisation and Add N to X's Avant Hard. By the late '90s, Goldfrapp began honing her own

compositions; one of her friends passed some of her demos on to composer Will Gregory. Finding much in common in their musical

tastes and approaches, the duo took Allison's surname as the name for their collaboration. After signing to Mute in 1999, Goldfrapp

delivered their debut album, Felt Mountain, in fall 2000. Felt Mountain went on to nealry universal acclaim and spawned several singles,

including the Utopia Genetically Enriched EP, which arrived in early 2001. After spending most of that year touring, Goldfrapp spent

most of 2002 recording and returned with Black Cherry in spring 2003. 2005 saw the release of the Ooh La La single and the full-length

Supernature, both of which continued the disco and glam-rock influences of the duo's previous album.

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Goldfrapp's Homepage

Guardian Review of New Album, "Supernatural"

They (Alison Goldfrapp (vocals and synths) and Will Gregory (synths)) are my favourite group of the moment. Distorted synths

and breathy vocals adorn both the albums I have (Supernatural and Black Cherry) and it's extremely effective. 80's bits

and pieces have a cool retro appeal to them and with the theatrical sensibilities of a glam-rock band, these guys should be bigger

than they are. This album is much more immediate than Black Cherry, more poppy, but I like that. They're not afraid of undergroound

nay-sayers. Plus, Alison Goldfrapp is English, which makes her super dooper cool.

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