AW: Review: Goldfrapp in Montreal

From: Jürgen Albertsen (
Date: Sat May 05 2001 - 21:55:19 CEST

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    Hm, for me it was the other way round. I love the album and the mood it puts
    me in. So, I went to their gig in Munich some time ago. Maybe it's because
    it was at the biginning of their tour, but the show was perfect - but only
    in terms of sound and in terms of the "vibe". For me they couldn't transport
    the emotions they managed to express on the album. There was no special bond
    between Alison and the audience. And there were no surprises: they played
    the songs exactly the same way as on the album. Only at the end they made a
    presence in form of a cover verion of Olivia Newton John's "Physical". I
    think I wasn't alone in my opion. The audience's reaction wasn't
    overwhelming. But unterestingly enough, a friend of mine who didn't own the
    album was quite pleased. Perhaps I expected too much?
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          So I went to see Goldfrapp perform last night, not expecting all that
    much. The album is flawless, but I questioned whether it could be pulled
    off live. Besides, how could a band with only 40 minutes of music in their
    repertoire play an entire show? My questions were answered in the grandest
    form possible, and I witnessed one of the most powerful, intense shows I've
    ever seen in 16 years of concert-going.

          First off, Allison Goldfrapp had the entire crowd eating out of her
    hand from the first note, and she knew it. If you can imagine this, she was
    wearing an army fatigue top buttoned in such a way to reveal her bustline,
    coupled with a classy slit skirt and a beige beret. She looked like
    Debbie-Harry-meets-Joe-Strummer, singing torch songs!! She commanded such a
    huge stage presence that I don't think anyone there was prepared for, and
    the LOUD, boisterous response she received after every song was all the
    proof she needed that we loved what she was doing.

          If you could believe it, "Felt Mountain" sounded better live than it
    did on cd; I literally had shivers running up and down my spine several
    times during the performance and left with goosebumps; I was literally left
    speechless. Seeing what goes into making such a great record being
    performed live, and watching the flawless interplay between musicians went
    far beyond my expectations for this show. Having seen 200 plus concerts in
    my life, I'd have categorize this one as being in the top ten. Yeah, that
    good. Judging from the crowd response, I wasn't the only person who felt
    that they were witnessing something special. The crowd of about 700-800
    people were as loud as any crowd I've ever heard, and the applause and
    cheering was continuous; it wasn't the typical "the song's over so we gotta
    clap" kinda thang. Allison Goldfrapp had each of us hanging onto her every
    note and movement, and she completely blew us away with her wicked voice,
    flawless delivery, and picture perfect performance; these were pros who put
    alot of practice and effort into making sure that the music came out
    sounding perfect, and it did.

          As they got off the stage, I think even they (the bandmembers) were
    taken aback by the boisterous response that they were receiving; it's as if
    they'd never seen any crowd react as positively to their performance.
    Judging from the crowd's (and my) reaction, that might have actually been
    the case. I have a feeling that yesterday was the start of a long love
    affair between Goldfrapp and Montreal, and I was glad to be there to witness
    their first performance.

          If Goldfrapp come to play in your city, do yourself a favor and make
    sure that you go. If the level of performance is consistently as high as it
    was last night, I could almost guarantee that all of you will find it to be
    one of the best concerts that you'll ever witness. There's already talk
    here of having them come back during our Jazz Festival; I know I'll be there
    when they come back.


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