Seventh Tree

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Seventh Tree
Studio album by Goldfrapp
Released 21 February 2008 (2008-02-21)
Recorded October 2006 – October 2007; Bath, Somerset, England
Genre Folktronica,[1] trip hop,[1] ambient,[2] downtempo,[2] dream pop[3]
Length 41:41
Label Mute
Producer Alison Goldfrapp, Will Gregory, Flood
Goldfrapp chronology
Live Session
(2006)
Seventh Tree
(2008)
iTunes Originals
(2008)
Singles from Seventh Tree
  1. "A&E"
    Released: 11 February 2008 (2008-02-11)
  2. "Happiness"
    Released: 14 April 2008 (2008-04-14)
  3. "Caravan Girl"
    Released: 30 June 2008 (2008-06-30)
  4. "Clowns"
    Released: 20 October 2008 (2008-10-20)
Alternative cover
Special edition cover

Seventh Tree is the fourth studio album by English electronic music duo Goldfrapp, released on 21 February 2008 by Mute Records

Goldfrapp described the album as a "sensual counterpoint to the glitterball glamour of Supernature", their previous studio album from 2005.[4] They claimed that the inspiration came from paganism and surreal English children's books.[5] The album received rave reviews and became the band's most critically acclaimed album since their 2000 debut Felt Mountain, with critics praising their new sound and the band's bravery for abandoning the dance atmosphere of the previous two albums.

The album's first single, "A&E", was released on 11 February 2008, charting inside the top ten in the UK.[6] The album also charted high in the UK, peaking at number two, despite having leaked onto file-sharing websites in November 2007, three months before its official release.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[9]
The Independent 4/5 stars[10]
NME 6/10[11]
The Observer 5/5 stars[12]
Pitchfork Media 4.6/10[13]
PopMatters 8/10[14]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[15]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[16]
The Times 4/5 stars[17]

Seventh Tree received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 78, based on 32 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[8] John Murphy of musicOMH called it Goldfrapp's "most subtle, affecting and rewarding album to date" and compared it to albums by Kate Bush and the Cocteau Twins.[18] In a review for Allmusic, Heather Phares wrote that the album's "electro hippie-chic is the duo's most polished and luxe work yet" and named "Caravan Girl" as its best song.[1] However, Pitchfork Media reviewer Nate Patrin was less impressed, and wrote that the album is "so subtle and slow-moving it doesn't seem to go anywhere" and that its songs "coast on some frothy sense of pleasantness that evaporates the moment [they] end".[13] Adam Webb of Yahoo! Music wrote that Seventh Tree "marks convincing evidence that Alison Goldfrapp now exists on the same artistic plane as PJ Harvey or Kate Bush".[19] Rolling Stone's Christian Hoard said that the "slow pace can be a snooze", but that the album "still makes for good post-party chill-out music".[15] John Lewis of Uncut called it "brave, bonkers, often beautiful, sometimes haunting and occasionally ridiculous".[20]

Q magazine ranked the album at number nineteen on its list of The 50 Best Albums of 2008.[21] PopMatters placed it at number fifty-four on its list of The Best Albums of 2008.[3] Ben Rayner of the Toronto Star included the album on his list of "rock music that stuck in 2008".[22]

Commercial performance[edit]

Seventh Tree debuted on the UK Albums Chart at number two, selling 46,945 copies in its first week.[23] It remained on the chart for thirteen weeks and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry within four days or release, on 29 February 2008.[24][25] It sold 177,000 copies as of late 2008. As of 27 March 2010, the album had sold 200,062 copies in the UK.[26] The album reached the top twenty in Australia,[27] Belgium,[28] Ireland,[29] Norway,[30] Portugal[31] and Switzerland.[32] Seventh Tree became Goldfrapp's second release to chart on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States, where it debuted at number forty-eight with first-week sales of 15,000 copies.[33] Additionally, the album reached number four on the Tastemakers chart, number seventeen on the Top Internet Albums chart, number twelve on the Top Alternative Albums and number fourteen on the Top Rock Albums chart.[34][35] In Canada, the album reached number twenty-eight.[36]

Special edition[edit]

A special edition of Seventh Tree was released on 3 November 2008, featuring new album artwork, photographs and a DVD. The album artwork depicted Goldfrapp dressed as a clown and hugging a tree, as well as Gregory dressed as an owl. The DVD contained music videos, behind-the-scenes footage and several live performances filmed at The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea in June 2008.[37]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Clowns"   4:08
2. "Little Bird"   4:25
3. "Happiness"   4:17
4. "Road to Somewhere"   3:52
5. "Eat Yourself"   4:06
6. "Some People"   4:40
7. "A&E"   3:18
8. "Cologne Cerrone Houdini"   4:26
9. "Caravan Girl"   4:05
10. "Monster Love"   4:23
Special edition bonus DVD
  • Live at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea
  1. "Clowns" (Instrumental) / Behind the Scenes – 3:46
  2. "Happiness" – 4:43
  3. "You Never Know" – 4:14
  4. "Caravan Girl" – 4:56
  5. "Monster Love" – 4:32
  6. "Little Bird" – 7:12
  • Videos
  1. "A&E" – 3:39
  2. "Happiness" – 3:38
  3. "Caravan Girl" – 3:42
  • TV performances
  1. "Clowns" – 4:10
  2. "Road to Somewhere" – 3:50

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Seventh Tree album liner notes.[39]

  • Alison Goldfrapp – lead vocals, backing vocals, producer, engineer (all tracks); mixing (8); art direction, owl drawing
  • Will Gregory – producer, engineer (all tracks); mixing (8)
  • Jonathan Allen – string engineer
  • Alexander Bălănescu – violin (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Nick Batt – additional drum programming (4, 7)
  • Mark Berrow – violin (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Chris Clad – violin (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Dermot Crehan – violin (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • David Daniels – cello (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Max Dingle – additional drum programming (8)
  • Cathy Edwards – art direction
  • Richard Evans – guitar (10)
  • Steve Evans – acoustic guitar (7)
  • Robin Firman – cello (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Flood – additional producer (1, 2, 4, 8, 10); co-producer (3, 5–7, 9); keyboards (3, 7, 9); guitar, mixing (7); additional stems mixing (9)
  • Cathy Giles – cello (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Chris Goulstone – drum samples (9); guitar (10)
  • Isobel Griffiths – string contractor
  • Tony Hoffer – mixing (1–6, 9, 10); overdub engineer (6, 7, 9); bass (9)
  • Nick Ingman – string conductor, string orchestration
  • Charlie Jones – bass (2, 3, 8, 10); twang bass (9)
  • Paul Kegg – cello (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Patrick Kiernan – violin (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Boguslaw Kostecki – violin (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Peter Lale – viola (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Paddy Lannigan – double bass (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Serge Leblon – photography
  • Alex Lee – acoustic guitar (1, 8, 9); Nashville guitar (2); bass, electric guitar (5)
  • Aidan Love – additional programming (2, 8, 10); keyboards (8)
  • Mat Maitland – art direction, design
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Stephen Marshall – assistant string engineer
  • Justin Meldal-Johnsen – bass (6, 7)
  • Metro Voices – choir (3, 5, 9)
  • Bill Mims – mixing assistant (1–6, 9, 10); overdub engineer (6, 7, 9)
  • Ann Morfee – violin (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Kit Morgan – acoustic guitar (1)
  • Stephen Morris – violin (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Andrew Murphy – acoustic guitar (1)
  • Everton Nelson – string leader (all tracks); violin (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Jenny O'Grady – choir master (3, 5, 9)
  • Tim Oliver – additional engineer
  • Andy Parker – viola (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Melissa Phelps – cello (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Tom Pigott-Smith – violin (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Chris Pitsilides – viola (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Damon Reece – drums (2, 3, 9); percussion (3)
  • Joanathan Rees – violin (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Simon Rogers – Indian guitar (4)
  • Mary Scully – double bass (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Jackie Shave – violin (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Sonia Slany – violin (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Leila Stacey – assistant string contractor
  • Cathy Thompson – violin (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Chris Tombling – violin (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Adrian Utleyfuzz bass, fuzz guitar (9)
  • Ruth Wall – harp samples (4, 7)
  • Denny Weston, Jr. – drums (6, 7)
  • Debbie Widdup – violin (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Katie Wilkinson – viola (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)
  • Chris Worsey – cello (1, 2, 4–6, 8, 10)

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format(s)
Netherlands[49][50] 21 February 2008 EMI CD, limited edition CD+DVD, digital download
Australia[51] 22 February 2008 CD, digital download
Germany[52]
Italy[53]
France[54][55] 25 February 2008 Labels CD, limited edition CD+DVD, digital download
United Kingdom[56] Mute Records CD, limited edition CD+DVD, LP, digital download
United States[57] 26 February 2008
Finland[58][59] 27 February 2008 EMI CD, limited edition CD+DVD, digital download
Japan[60] CD, digital download
United Kingdom[56] 3 November 2008 Mute Records Special edition CD+DVD
United States[61] 25 November 2008

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