Goldfrapp

UEA LCR, Norwich

> UEA LCR, Norwich

If the stage is an extension of a band's personality, then Goldfrapp suffer from acute schizophrenia.

In the first 10 minutes of their set at the LCR last night, Alison Goldfrapp and her band swung from a dreamlike introduction bathed in blue and green light, all operatic wailing and seductive murmuring, straight into the dirty, overblown, scuzzy disco of early single Train.

The LCR became unrecognisable from that point on as a combination of strobes, LEDs, dancing lights and a personal wind machine for the lead singer's hair turned her into a robotic, smouldering diva and the venue into a clubbers' fantasy.


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A volley of pounding electro pop followed this dramatic start until the band's split personality shone through again halfway into the evening.

Things slowed down with unearthly ballad U Never Know and a collection of almost conventional pop tunes like Fly Me Away, bathed in soft pink light, and the catchy Satin Chic.

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Ride a White Horse, from new album Supernature, ramped up the sleaze again, followed by Number One, one of the few songs that softened the icy tone of the set.

A gloriously strung-out version of Strict Machine, perhaps the band's best known song, was saved for the encore, with latest single Ooh La La sending the crowd home happy and feeling very slightly dirty.

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