AW: Review: Goldfrapp in Montreal

From: Jürgen Albertsen (
Date: Sat May 05 2001 - 22:26:00 CEST

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    When I said there was no bond between the band and the audience I wasn't
    referring to Alison not talking. Actually, I agree with you in your opinion
    about the artitsts talking to the crowd (Sigur Rós didn't talk either and it
    perfectly fit). Rather, there was no emotional bond that I would have
    expected because their music is so full of deepness.
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      Von: Stimp []
      Gesendet: Samstag, 5. Mai 2001 22:21
      An: Jürgen Albertsen; Acid-Jazz List
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          Wow, I couldn't imagine Goldfrapp putting on anything but a
    spectacular performance. Maybe it was due to the fact that you saw them at
    the beginning of their tour and they hadn't had a chance to gel yet, but
    yesterday's show in Montreal was exceptional. The one complaint that my
    buddy had about the show is that he would've liked to see Allison address
    the crowd a little more, say a few words. Personally, that didn't bother me
    at all; I actually prefer when artists keep the inane, prefab chatter to a
    minimum and let the music do the talking. So yeah, I see what you mean when
    you allude to Allison not addressing the audience verbally, but the bond
    between her and us was definitely there, and it was strictly expressed thru
    the music. Hey, Miles used to play with his back turned to the audience for
    a good while in his career cos' he wanted the music to be his form of
    expression; not his words in between songs. I guess opinions are gonna be
    split on this point, but I much prefer no talking in between songs, unless
    the artist is particularly charming, witty, or engaging. The vast majority
    of artists I've seen were not, and the shit that came out of their mouth is
    the same nonsense that they say to every crowd in every city. If what most
    of them said actually carried some weight, then I'd be forced to believe
    that the vast majority of artists think that Montreal has the greatest,
    loudest audience, and that we rock the hardest. Yeah, right. If that's
    what between song chatter is gonna be, or some other variation of insincere
    verbal diahrrea, I'll pass.

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        From: Jürgen Albertsen
        To: Stimp ; Acid-Jazz List
        Sent: Saturday, May 05, 2001 3:55 PM
        Subject: AW: Review: Goldfrapp in Montreal

        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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          Von: Stimp []
          Gesendet: Samstag, 5. Mai 2001 21:23
          An: Acid-Jazz List
          Betreff: Review: Goldfrapp in Montreal

              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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