Goldfrapp ‎– Tales Of Us

Mute ‎– 9573-2, Mute ‎– 724596957325, Mute ‎– CDSTUMM356
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1 Jo
Double Bass – Charlie Jones
2 Annabel
Bass Guitar – Alex Lee (3)
3 Drew
Acoustic Guitar – Alex Lee (3), Steve EvansDrums – John Parish, Martyn BarkerProgrammed By [Additional] – Steve Evans
4 Ulla
Cello – Ian BurdgeGuitar – John ParricelliViola – John MetcalfeViolin – Louisa Fuller
5 Alvar
Bass Guitar – Charlie JonesElectric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar [Nashville] – Alex Lee (3)Guitar [Indian], Drums – Martyn Barker
6 Thea
Effects [Horse Fx] – Paul CowgillProgrammed By [Additional] – Steve Evans
7 Simone
Acoustic Guitar, Cavaquinho – Ross HughesDrums – John ParishEngineer [Additional] – Eduardo de la Paz Canal*Programmed By [Additional] – Aidan Love, Steve Evans
8 Stranger
Acoustic Guitar – Steve EvansDouble Bass – Chris Laurence
9 Laurel
Acoustic Guitar – Alex Lee (3), Steve Evans
10 Clay
Acoustic Guitar – Alex Lee (3), Steve EvansDrums – Martyn BarkerProgrammed By [Additional] – Steve Evans

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℗ 2013 Mute Artists LLC. © 2013 Mute Artists LLC.

Issued in a glossy gatefold cardsleeve (softpack).

Catalog # 9573-2 on spine and back cover.
Catalog # 724596957325 on CD.
Catalog # CDSTUMM356 in liner notes (at end of credits)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 24596 95732 5
  • Barcode (String): 724596957325
  • Matrix / Runout: DIDX-1013065 1
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L329
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 50C1

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CDSTUMM356, 5099961576124 Goldfrapp Tales Of Us(CD, Album) Mute, Mute CDSTUMM356, 5099961576124 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
LOVECD275 Goldfrapp Tales Of Us(CD, Album) Love Da Records LOVECD275 Hong Kong 2013 Sell This Version
9573-2, 724596957318 Goldfrapp Tales Of Us(LP, Album, 180 + CD, Album) Mute, Mute 9573-2, 724596957318 USA & Canada 2013 Sell This Version
BXSTUMM356 Goldfrapp Tales Of Us(Box, Dlx, Ltd, Num + CD, Album + CD + LP, Album, 1) Mute BXSTUMM356 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
STUMM356, 5099961576018 Goldfrapp Tales Of Us(LP, Album) Mute, Mute STUMM356, 5099961576018 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version


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June 18, 2018

TALES OF US sees Goldfrapp operating between the stripped down folk of SEVENTH TREE and the moody electronics of FELT MOUNTAIN. Building each track as a narrative around a name, this album sees the band engaging in poetic storytelling, from the delicate “Jo” to the quiet exploration of gender identity on “Annabel.” The folksiness blossoms fullest at the start of “Drew,” bolstered by thick strums of double bass, before it culminates in an orchestral fantasia. The general atmosphere of the album leans definitely towards the contemplative, though “Thea” brings in the refracted electronics and plodding percussion. But the acoustic guitar returns for the melancholy “Simone” and the lo-fi echoes and whistles of “Stranger.” The cinematics of “Laurel” evoke a foggy parting between two lovers, while the strumming of “Clay” ends the album on a hopeful note. Gorgeous.


January 5, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
There is some confusion over tracks 1 and 5 on these releases. See original UK versus US edition, the Hong Kong edition and the limited box set.
Judging by track lengths and musician credits, I'd say JO is the shorter track with double bass loop, and ALVAR is the longer track with guitars and drums. That would mean the original UK/Europe CD tracks 1 and 5 were swapped (ALVAR as track 1, erroneously titled and credited as JO), and subsequent editions (US, box set) corrected to match the original credits.
The track times for the Hong Kong edition should be confirmed, because they are now the same for 1 and 5.


October 7, 2013
The cover artwork really reminds me of Could This Be Heaven?.