Jonah Weiner
May 09, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

”What’s your sign?” sighs Alison Goldfrapp, as serrated synth lines zigzag across ”Train.” Her second album is one sultry pickup line after another, set to sidekick Will Gregory’s pulsing electro-pop: Slow, breathy singing massages the jagged ”Crystalline Green,” while ”Tiptoe” shimmies from bouncy strut to windswept epic. When backbeats disappear, though, boring dirges (”Deep Honey”) and space-age Muzak (”Hairy Trees”) ooze out. Rock the dance floor, Alison, but spare us the elevator music.

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