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Album Review
Head First

Head First
by Goldfrapp

Mute Records

Review Date
16th April 2010
Reviewed by
Karyn Cushen

Goldfrapp’s fifth and latest release, Head First, is positively dripping with eighties nostalgia, standing in stark contrast to their abysmal downtempo, folk-inspired release Seventh Tree (2008).

The album begins explosively with Rocket, complete with an intro of fabricated rocket sounds, which is packed with a pop-friendly bassline and a throbbing, heavy synth. Alison Goldfrapp’s voice commands the track’s basic chorus line: “I got a rocket/you’re going on it/you’re never coming back”, producing musical candy for the masses.

Rocket provides a fitting foundation for a glorious pop album that delivers eighties gems track after track, particularly Believer, Alive, Head First, Shiny and Warm and I Wanna Life, reminiscent of late Fleetwood Mac and Electric Light Orchestra.

However, while Head First is a fantastic pop album, perhaps the best eighties tribute album amidst the latest indie fad to replicate the sounds of that era, it is uninspiring and lacks depth, surmounting to a few flashy hooks and superficial, dreamy choruses. Goldfrapp is better than that, proven by their back catalogue: Felt Mountain (2000), Black Cherry (2003) and Supernature (2005), and for that reason alone I was disappointed by this release.

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