The Warner Bros./Rhino Records team has just released two greatest hits collection from the biggest names in heavy metal and funk-pop.
Prince's Ultimate is a new two-disc set that offers 17 of his classic hit singles on one disc, and then 11 more on a second disc. Disc one moves from "I Wanna' Be Your Lover," "Controversy," "1999" and "Delirious" to "When Doves Cry," "Purple Rain," "I Would Die 4 U," "Sign of the Times," Diamonds and Pearls," "Nothing Compares to You" and more. The amazing depth to his catalog is truly apparent when, after looking at all those key hits, you progress to the second disc in the set, which is made up of all extended mixes of more major hits — and none of them duplicate what's on side one. Included on the remix disc is "Let's Go Crazy," "Little Red Corvette," "Pop Life," "Raspberry Beret," "Kiss," "U Got the Look," "Cream" and more.
Black Sabbath gets a single disc, 16-song collection in Greatest Hits 1970-1978, which includes "Black Sabbath," "War Pigs," "Paranoid," "Iron Man," "Supernaut," "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and more.
Nobody does new wave techno disco with a splash of glittery sex appeal like Goldfrapp. You don't often read Kraftwerk, Donna Summer and Julee Cruise, all referenced as influences in a single review, let alone for a single album. But Goldfrapp makes a beautiful, sensual and unpredictable noise.
A British duo comprised of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory, the two have been mixing up slinky retro synthesizer fuzztones with both airy and dancy rhythms for six years now, and their latest (and third) CD, Supernature, easily stands as their best work yet.
Opening with the throbbing fuzz-bassline and handclaps of "Ohh La La," (just try not to bob your head to this one!), the disc moves through Garbage-esque synth rock in "Lovely 2 C U," sterile, but teasing, German techno in "Ride a White Horse" and then opens the first ethereal piece on the album, "You Never Know," with a musical nod to The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields."
Things really slow down on "Let It Take You," which rests on a slight backdrop of piano, a solemn beat and a hint of strings. It's a track that sounds as if it could have been culled from Kate Bush's most recent album.
Then the quiet break is over and the percussion drives ethereal danceercises in "Fly Me Away" and "Slide in." The best track comes late in the album: "Satin Chic" starts with a tight, retro beat and Alison Goldfrapp's best breathy delivery as she sings "yeah he's my man," before a chorused honky tonk piano steps up the strut factor by a few notches.
If you like ethereal electronic pop with evocative female vocals, tossed liberally with throbs of sexy disco and '80s techno, don't miss Goldfrapp. For more information and song samples, check their site at www.goldfrapp.com.