Silver Eye

Goldfrapp - Silver Eye
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Based on 20 reviews
2017 Ratings: #513 / 725
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Based on 141 ratings
2017 Ratings: #535
March 31, 2017 / Release Date
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Consequence of Sound

Silver Eye has a little bit of everything for fans of either the band’s uptempo electronic or reflective folk-ambient phases.


At once balanced and eclectic, Silver Eye may be the first Goldfrapp album to represent all the sides of their music equally well -- no small feat, considering how long they've been dancing to the beat of their own drum machine.


On one hand, it can be argued it’s the most consistent, confident expression yet of their varied styles and influences. The alternative position is that it lacks the distinct character and standout songs of a Felt Mountain or a Black Cherry.

God Is in the TV

This is another beautifully-produced record where initially slight songs eventually grip you. Silver Eye keeps their reputation firmly intact as one of the best and most reliable groups around.


‘Silver Eye’ reveals itself to be one of the pair’s most cosmic voyages to date.

Under The Radar

Silver Eye mesmerizes and dazzles with intricate and hypnotic electronic foundations adorned with waves of creative melodies and waiflike vocals that will melt your ears.

Northern Transmissions

A strong record on either side but somewhat dragged down by its dissonance, this is clearly a band with talent but one that also needs to spend some time to either land on a distinct sound or find a way to blend their two voices together to avoid an album that feels so clearly cut.


On their first album in four years, Goldfrapp synthesize all their many sounds and modes to get at the core of their musical identity. They find a beautiful, poppy, platonic ideal.


Between appealing beats and this discomfiting tone, Silver Eye sits in a middle zone — and while it could give listeners some better-defined emotional content behind the android-y veneer, it's by no means boring.


Silver Eye comes close to being an absolute triumph, thanks in large part to the extraordinary sonic boom that the production packs. Unfortunately, it’s bogged down by a few weaker moments that prevent it from actually reaching that top-tier level of an album that might compete for one of the year’s best, but it’s close—very very close.


As a whole, it compliments the rest of their back catalogue well. And Alison’s voice still sounds like one of the most magical things in pop – although in this case, we’re definitely talking more about black magic.

Slant Magazine

Metamorphosis might be the major theme of Silver Eye, but Goldfrapp doesn’t seem to have done much of it themselves.

The Guardian

Its highlights will do for now – there’s great stuff here – but it’s hard not to compare it to the days when you never quite knew what a Goldfrapp album would contain, or to hope they opt for another dramatic stylistic shift in future: it’s better to embody the idea of transformation than to sing about it.

The Independent

Silver Eye finds Goldfrapp back in the punchy eroto-electropop mode of Black Cherry, with sensual synthesiser fizz and low-register fluttering electronics stalking Alison Goldfrapp.

The Telegraph

Silver Eye returns to the swagger of their early years with a vengeance.

A.V. Club

There’s a feeling that the long-running electronic duo is holding itself back on Silver Eye, an album that has its beguiling moments, but fails to replicate the dance-floor punch and romantic swoon of Goldfrapp’s ’00s recordings.


In ‘Silver Eye’, they seem to have returned to the elements that they jell with best. Truly Alison Goldfrapp has a voice like no-one else on the electronic scene today, and it remains as the winning and most effective element on their new release.

Loud and Quiet

This isn’t a terrible album, it’s just so far below average as to make it entirely irrelevant. No doubt it’s being passed around advertising agency desks as I type, and no doubt it will help shift some perfume, or hatchbacks, or sports watches, or shower gel.

My first love was a Goldfrapp fan. We happened to be fans of many of the same musicians. When we met in person, it was a cool April night in 2017. He was coming over my place, and to calm my nerves, I played Silver Eye on my phone. He told me that he didn’t have the chance to hear Goldfrapp’s new album. Thankfully, what imprinted wasn’t retrospective heartbreak, but the feeling of discovery as well as the imagery of darkness. These are similar feelings I feel when I play Mass ... read more
( ☆☆ ) uninspiring/flawed music
Electropop duo, Goldfrapp, are back with a slick and sexy album that covers some of the vocalist's memories, desires and hopes. I think it's quite interesting this change of pace for them, since they focused too much on the stripped back and bubbly pop in the past, and here they release their most dense and spacy songs to date. Even though some songs are catchy and fun, the whole middle of the album dreads on loops that feel like forever and the vocals aren't put in a mood that lifts the ... read more
This album is infectious. There are some great Glam stompers but its tracks like Tiger Man and Ocean which really deliver.
Anymore 7.8
Systemagic 7.6
Tigerman 6.1
Become the One 6.6
Faux Suede Drifter 6.5
Zodiac Black 3.8
Beast That Never Was 2.5
Everything Is Never Enough 6.3
Moon in Your Mouth 5.8
Ocean 7
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Track List

  1. Anymore
  2. Systemagic
  3. Tigerman
  4. Become the One
  5. Faux Suede Drifter
  6. Zodiac Black
  7. Beast That Never Was
  8. Everything Is Never Enough
  9. Moon in Your Mouth
  10. Ocean
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