Posted in music on September 11, 2013

by Bill Pearis

photo via @Garyegg's instagram

It was about halfway through the third song of the night, "Drew," when the strings really came sweeping in, epic and autumnal and you could feel a wave of electricity sweep across the audience at Beacon Theatre last night (9/10). It was an honest-to-goodness hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck moment and what would be the first of many that night. Goldfrapp's gorgeous new album, Tales of Us, is drenched in the kind of strings that haven't been in fashion since John Barry stopped scoring James Bond films, and the 20-strong Wordless Orchestra brought it to dramatic life.

Of course the main star of the night (their only North American show this year) was Alison Goldfrapp, whose voice was in pristine form and whose blouse billowed in cinematic fashion. We got the Tales of Us played front-to-back (minus the LP's sold electronic cut, "Thea") followed by a short break and then a six-song encore older songs that fit the mood, augmented by a choir and the other half of Goldfrapp, Will Gregory. We got two Morricone-esque cuts from their 2000 debut, Felt Mountain ("Paper Bag" and "Lovley Head") and a showstopper rendition of "Caravan Girl" that earned a genuine standing ovation. Great night, maybe show of the year for me so far. As I left the theater couldn't help but wonder why Goldfrapp hasn't actually done a Bond theme? She'd knock it out of the park.

While in NYC Goldfrapp taped a performance for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon but it won't air until September 26. Goldfrapp setlist and a couple videos from Beacon Theatre, below.


Goldfrapp - "Paper Bag" Beacon Theater New York 9/10/13

Goldfrapp - "Road to Somewhere" Beacon Theater New York 9/10/13

SETLIST: Goldfrapp - Beacon Theatre 9/10/2013

Paper Bag
Little Bird
Lovely Head
Road To Somewhere
Caravan Girl



Comments (16)

I don't doubt it, but those videos don't equal the excitement of the author..

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 7:19 PM

I was there & thought it was a fantastic show. The encore (older songs) sounded great. And the new album isn't too shabby either (just very lush, which doesn't always equal "exciting," of course).

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 7:39 PM

They didn't play any of my faves. Their electro phase was their best stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 7:43 PM

Beautiful show!

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 9:39 PM

they didnt play utopia?!

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2013 9:52 PM

Never met a fan of this band, but they continue to play pretty big venues. What am I missing?

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 9:15 AM

Yesterday in Starbucks I ordered a double-caf skim goldfrapp and the barrista looked at me like I had 2 heads. So I walked the fuck out.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 9:34 AM


Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 9:43 AM

that many people still give a shit about Goldfrapp?

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 10:34 AM


Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 12:14 PM

Nothing off Supernature or Black Cherry? And lovely Head but no Utopia? So they ignored their best material.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 2:18 PM

I'm a huge Goldfrapp fan but I felt that the show was a bit "snoozy." The new album is just too self indulgent (Pitchfork's review was pretty spot on). The older songs that they chose to do were a bit random. Would have loved to hear "Utopia" or even "Melancholy Sky."

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 2:48 PM

ok show. good voice, good lyrics, good performance, pretty good new story songs, occasional fleeting passion, weak music. all those musicians and it just wasn't very engaging. didn't seem like they all practiced together very much. this was our third time seeing them. i wish alison would just do a standards or songbook covers album, get that out of her system and get back to poppier material.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2013 4:56 PM

Great footage! Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Shiloh | October 4, 2013 2:47 PM

Utter perfection is right! I was there too and recording this fave -right behind you, actually- when the guard prevented me from capturing the entirety of it, so, needless to say, I'm very glad you got it. thx a ton for sharing it! :D

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