"Goldfrapp is a British electronic music group known for their visual theatrics and contribution to the popularization of electronic dance music. The band was formed in 1999 in London, England, and consists of Alison Goldfrapp (vocals/synthesizer) and Will Gregory (synthesizer)." [Wikipedia] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldfrapp> Also from that article: "Although Goldfrapp's musical style has changed over time, they are considered to be an electronic music band. Goldfrapp has explored a range of musical styles in their songs, although many songs are characterized by Alison Goldfrapp's distinctive breathy, soft vocals and Will Gregory's multi-layered synthesizer and string arrangements. The band's sound has progressed from an ambient sound in Felt Mountain, through electronic music in Black Cherry to a more glam rock sound in Supernature, and most recently to a blend of ambient, folk, and electronic in Seventh Tree." The band's official website: <http://www.goldfrapp.co.uk/> The links in the guide below are to YouTube movies. If the links are blocked, you can view clips from the band's latest album on the official site. You can also listen to a selection of songs on the band's MySpace page: <http://www.myspace.com/goldfrapp> The "rough guide" ... 1. Utopia <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=dmnlZXuSte8> This is (IMHO) the standout track on the band's debut album, "Felt Mountain", released in 2000. It showcases Alison's ethereal vocals, over a lovely synth-drenched melody. It's probably the most accessible track on the very eclectic and rather experimental first album. 2. Pilots (On A Star) <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=ydNbuB6PLiU> Another single from "Felt Mountain". Reminded me a bit of Portishead when I first heard it, but I soon discovered that Goldfrapp has its own distinctive sound. 3. Strict Machine <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=P2VktozqkSc> This is a visually stunning clip for a single from the band's second album, "Black Cherry", released in 2003. The song is an example of the more up-tempo, "dancier" feel of most of that album. Other singles had even racier videos, and you can explore those ("Train" and "Twist") yourself. 4. Black Cherry <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=c6BhEk8GCaw> The title track from the second album. This is a live version from the "Wonderful Electric" DVD. 5. Fly Me Away <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve8KFTLTjfw> On the third album, "Supernature", the band had definitely settled into a dance-oriented groove. Released in 2005, the album was the band's first million-seller. It also garnered the band a couple of Grammy nominations. This track is representative of the album. 6. A&E <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=5VPyso87fZU> The band's fourth and latest album was released earlier this year. While I enjoyed "Supernature", I was hoping the band would return to the more eclectic sounds of the first two albums. My wishes were not just met, but they were surpassed. "Seventh Tree" is a virtuoso effort showcasing the band's songwriting talents. This, the first single, heralds a refreshing change in direction for the band. 7. Little Bird <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=4l4PkcX8UEM> "Beatlesque" is an overused adjective, but I can't think of anything better to describe this gorgeous tune. If the Beatles had a female singer and synthesizers, this song wouldn't be out of place on "Rubber Soul" or "Revolver". 8. Eat Yourself <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=qFPMPLELTZU> On this track, Alison croons barely-decipherable lyrics over acoustic guitar and strings. 9. Clowns <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=kS1CW_kiXUI> Ambient folk? I don't know how to best describe it, but this is the haunting opening track from the latest album. 10. Happiness <http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=So93Iny2HWI> The second single from the latest album, shows the band still has its light-hearted side. If I had to, here's how I'd rank the band's albums: 1. "Seventh Tree" (slightly ahead of:) 2. "Felt Mountain" (slightly ahead of:) 3. "Black Cherry" 4. "Supernature"