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  • Mixmag Staff
  • 31 March 2017
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Goldfrapp 'Silver Eye' (Mute)

It wasn’t broke so they didn’t fix it. Though they might take occasional excursions into spacier, soundtrackier, folkier environments – and do very well at it, too – what we really want from Goldfrapp is large helpings of saucy synth pop, and here they are with loads of it. Yes, there’s rather more floaty space-balladry than glam-stomp disco, but nonetheless they’re definitely in the same mode as their early-00s glory days, when they defined the zeitgeist to the point that everyone from Madonna to Kylie was pinching their style. And actually it’s during the ballads, as Alison G’s voice takes flight, that this album is at its best. There’s nothing new here, but you know what? That’s more than fine. Joe Muggs

7/10

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