Picks and Pans Review: Goldfrapp

updated 03/03/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/03/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

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REVIEWED BY IVORY JEFF CLINTON

ALT-POP

Known for pulsating electronica, the British duo (singer Alison Goldfrapp and multi-instrumentalist Will Gregory) play more to the coffeehouse than the club this time out. The results are riveting on the Joni Mitchell-esque "Clowns" and the synth-driven "Little Bird," which both showcase Alison's ethereal soprano. Just as striking is "A&E," a simmering alt-rock ballad about the pain of rejection. Minus the frenetic energy of previous hits like "Strict Machine" and "Number 1," Seventh can get gloomy at times, but its chill vibe is as soothing as a cup of chamomile.

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