For me, I was hooked the moment the churning opening notes to first single Train blared off MTV2 last summer. (Seems like ages ago that MTV2 played anything other than rap and R&B, but it was just last summer!) Upon purchasing Black Cherry, the 3rd collection from new synth god Will Gregory and the band's namesake, Alison Goldfrapp, I was enthralled by the world they'd created-- both light and dark. chilled and warm, subtle and overwhelming... but one certainly worth staying in for awhile.
And lest you think it's all synth blast and electronica swirling, Alison Goldfrapp's endearingly chirpy vocals can conform to a golden throated tone, wrapping around lush singles like title track Black Cherry and chillout fave Deep Honey. This is a rare electronica album of warmth and depth, the first of its kind since the Cardigans' criminally-ignored Gran Turismo in 1998. It's the ultimate chillout pleasure-- all chiller, no filler.