Goldfrapp’s “Silver Eye” a Cornucopia of Style & Mood

“Silver Eye”, is the first album from vocalist Allison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory, collectively known as Goldfrapp, since 2013’s “Tales of Us”. In a word it is a return in many ways to aspects of the duos past works. It is a definitely a departure from the the duos past two albums, 2010s Olivia Newton-John/ Abba tinged “Head First”, and the electro folk drenched “Tales of Us”, from 2013.

“Sliver Eye” starts out with the single, “Anymore”. This electronic gem with a nice base beat certainly is a good choice making all Golddfrapp fans wake up after listening to the groups last offering. We then get into “Systemagic,” kicking it into a higher gear with total electronic emersion of synth base and glitter reminiscent of our artists “Super Nature” days. “Tigerman,” is next, slowly droning on like something off the groups debut album “Felt Mountain,” only with teeth. We are then taken into the life affirming “Become the One.” The song plays on with distorted synth relish where one can’t help but to think of Depeche Mode and something from their “Sounds of the Universe” album.

The album then slows down a bit going into “Faux Suede Drifter.” The song lyrically looking like the end of a relationship or perhaps the start of something torturous, but sounding like something that would be on the sound track of the worlds end. Slow and haunting synths take us on a confusing somewhat disturbing journey between light and darkness. The listener is then treated to the equally chilling “Zodiac Black,” telling us that, “there is magic in the water.” The song phases in and out of a sonic soundscapes in a dream haze sounding as though “Hounds of Love” era Kate Bush may have been an inspiration.

The Beast that Never was,” takes the listener back to the slower edges of the groups “Black Cherry” and “Supernature” albums. The tune blips along like a heart monitor and at any moment the lister will think the song will open up and become more grandiose, but alas this disappointingly does not transpire. Although the end of the song ends in a flourish of synthesizer bliss the group, for the most part, keeps the lid on this offering unfortunately letting it simmer but never boil. We get more of the same with “Everything is Never Enough“, talking about excess and how we view our lives. The motto here seems to be the more we advance the more we become singular entities living not a life but a life in front of a computer screen, “…watching nature on my screen saver…in a wasteland.” Again, there is a a build in the middle to the song where one would think it will go up a notch into something faster and stronger, but unfortunately once again falls short.

Moon in Your Mouth,” gets us into soundtrack music type territory with epic sweeping vocals and instrumentation giving us that much needed yes finally! factor that were missing from the two previous tracks. The album ends with “Ocean,” aptly named because of its electro orchestral vastness making one think of what opera might sound like living in a “Blade Runner” universe.

In all this album is not bad. It does however leave the listener at times wanting more. “Silver Eye” is no doubt a amalgam of Goldfrapps’ 17 years of past work. It is worth picking up for any fan of the group whether you like their slower-tempoed fare or more of their mirror ball elctro-disco sound. This album has multiple personalities and there is something here for everyone.