Operating on the theory that everything old really can be new again, Alison Goldfrapp and her synth-toting partner, Will Gregory, drink deeply from the wellspring of classic late-'70s dance music -- imbibing equal amounts from the Giorgio Moroder
-styled Eurodisco stream and the more churning post-punk tributary. The meltingly sexy "Let It Take You" falls squarely into the former category, its heartbeat rhythms all but demanding pelvic thrusts in response. "Fly Me Away," on the other hand, taps into the futuristic vein once mined by combos like Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark
, what with its soaring melody and open-armed embrace of what might be lurking around the next corner. Supernature
does offer a few digressions from Goldfrapp's usual modus operandi -- "Lovely 2 C U," as its title suggests, finds the duo tipping their collective chapeau in Prince
's direction by piling on vintage-sounding organ and heavy-breathing harmonies -- but the disc is at its best when the pair stick to coloring between the lines. When they do, they manage to paint vivid pictures in both Day-Glo tones (the pulsing "Ride a White Horse") and gorgeous monochromes (the Air
-like "Time Out from the World"). By disc's end, even nostalgia-phobes will be looking to do the time warp again.