Released: December 8
Having reemerged earlier this year with her glorious Top 10 solo debut, ‘The Love Invention’, Alison Goldfrapp revisits the dreamy project for a remix album of epic proportions.
Conceived once again with the help of collaborators Richard X and Ghost Culture (aka James Greenwood), the project reimagines the 11-song set through a sonic prism of techno, electronica and deep house.
“‘The Love Reinvention’ turns my solo album ‘The Love Invention’ on its head, its feet are now firmly placed on the dance floor,” says Alison of the work, which in addition to revisiting the songs’ production also extends each number, all to over five minutes and most between the six and seven marks.
Sequenced like the original LP, ‘The Love Reinvention’ opens with Never Stop Loving, with heavy beats interspersed with shimmering synths and echoes of her wistful vocals, for a vast soundscape that only serves to expand her sonic universe.
The title song picks up the pace and pulses with frantic electronics, while the standout In Blue is among the most radio friendly of the remixes yet still adds new dimensions to the track.
What’s commendable on ‘The Love Reinvention’ is the respect given to the original recordings, with the core of the songs still intact and the mixes built around the heart of the original LP, incorporating new themes of Eurodance, Italo disco and Balearic house.
So while Astral Invitation and So Hot So Hard possess a more exploratory streak with vast extended mixes, there’s an immediacy to numbers like the disco stormer Gateaux & Gelato and high-octane Dubterfuge, both of which hit harder than before.
Whether considered a standalone release or a counterpart to ‘The Love Invention’, the result is a masterful body of work that breathes new life into an essential album of the past 12 months and continues to showcase Alison Goldfrapp’s ascent to solo pop superstar status.