Saturday, July 31, 2010

Goldfrapp - "Live" In Sydney

It's festival season in Australia and a flood of acts are doing side shows around the country. The Scissor Sisters didn't exactly blow my mind on Tuesday night and Goldfrapp weren't much better on Thursday. Thank fuck for Florence & The Machine, who are playing four sold out gigs in Sydney next week. That poor bitch might look 45 in the shade but at least she knows how to put on a show - which is more than Alison can say. Unlike the Scissor Sisters concert, I was actually expecting to enjoy this one. "Head First" didn't exactly blow me away when I first heard it but the album has grown on me a lot. Sure, there are no real singles but it's the perfect soundtrack for doing the ironing or washing up. It just kind of politely washes over you without ever really grabbing your attention. Which perfectly sums up the Goldfrapp live experience.

After emerging from what appeared to be a giant metallic arsehole in a feathery outfit that made her look like a gothic Plucka Duck, Alison kicked off the show with "Voicething". Possibly the worst Goldfrapp song ever recorded. She then mimed (or more specifically sang over a backing track) to several cuts from the new album including "Dreaming", "Hunt" and "I Wanna Life". I know second rate talents like Madonna and Britney use this trick all the time but at least they have the decency to do some choreography and spend some cash on pyrotechnics. Alison just stands in front of a wind machine looking bored. Of the new tracks, "Rocket" and "Believer" were definite standouts. However, the band definitely saved the best for last. "Ooh La La", "Black Cherry" and "Train" were a potent reminder of how far ahead of the game Goldfrapp was in the early noughties. They further redeemed themselves by performing "Strict Machine" as the encore - which I still think is one of the greatest pop songs ever written. All in all, not an unpleasant way to spend 90 minutes but I think I'd prefer to play their albums at home. It's not like you could tell the difference.

8 comments:

the writer said...

Head First is a mediocre album. It has some good tracks like Hunt, Rocket and Believer but it isn't something special.

Me said...

I wouldn't pay too see GoldFLOP until selective lesbian Alison removes her head from her arse.

The latest round of gigs have been panned, slated and derided over here, especially for her pretentiousness and forcing the entire FLOP First onto an uninterested crowd before grudgingly doing the old classic hits to those who could be arsed sticking around. And not even a fan favorite from one of the first three (listenable) albums

Anonymous said...

stop being so grumpy they were fantastic!!

Matt said...

lol sounds like a riveting show!

U_suck said...

It was great youre obviously justa fucking idiot.

Anonymous said...

I read your review before going to the Melbourne show and lowered my expectations considerably. Sure, Alison doesn't really do much besides hunch around and belt out some notes, but the show sounded amazing anyway. Sydneysiders can eat a dick as they obviously got the dud show this time around.

Anonymous said...

Goldfrapp never played Hunt
She also has backing singers
and also some vocal samples need to be used to make the songs sound how they should be

Garey said...

Surely, the guy is totally just.
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