Goldfrapp, Felt Mountain (Mute): Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory scale alpine heights on their debut long-player, reinventing the torch song as a kind of defiled lullaby hallucinated in mid-comedown. PJ Harvey/Giant Sand pal John Parish and Portishead's Adrian Utley lend a hand to help the duo achieve their wide-screen sounds, but the influence of Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone (both thanked amongst very few on the album credits) is most apparent, as Felt Mountain defines a landscape with equal parts open spaces and sumptuous strings. Goldfrapp come across as big-'60s-production-number fetishists with an array of opulent, cinematic sounds. Alison Goldfrapp's amazing voice plays a big part, evoking a full emotional spectrum with moods ranging from trembling whispers on the windswept "Deer Stop" to sassy crooning on the John Barry-reverent "Human." — Anthony Carew

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