Give her twelve bars and a cheesy blues lick and Alison Goldfrapp’ll most likely kick some arse, but put her in a wood with her nightie on and the sparks will fail to fly.
That’s the lesson one must sadly draw from ‘A&E’, the first single to be prised from the band’s allegedly ‘mature’ fourth album Seventh Tree.
The song comes wrapped in a weird, wooded video that’s equal parts Kate Bush and Mighty Boosh, but fails to match the eccentricity of either of those references, instead stopping short at slightly left-of-centre chart balladeering. A kind of Frappuccino, if you will.
That said, we can see the idea of recasting Ms Goldfrapp from ball-busting dominatrix into yet another pastel-hued sadsack as a profitable one, which leaves us literally chomping at the bit for her to dust down the riding whip and fetch the nipple clamps once again.
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