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Head First Import

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2010 release from the genre-smashing musical pioneers. Head First is Goldfrapp's most powerful trip to date, a speedy rush of synth optimism, euphoria, fantasy and romance. With life affirming lyrics and stellar production, it lifts off at full tilt and takes US on a journey to the heart of 2010. The duo's fifth album, Head First was written and produced by band mates Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory and was recorded throughout 2009 in Bath and in London. The diversity, ambition and direction of the album highlights Goldfrapp as true agenda-setters and modern British musical icons.
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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: BMG/Mute
  • ASIN: B0036EBARO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,818 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Look, if you don't have a sense of humor or any twinges of nostalgia for the early '80s, avoid this album like the plague. It is not for you. But if you don't have an enormous stick up your rump, you're going to get a big kick out of Head First. Goldfrapp manage to successfully mine very-early '80s synth pop for what's probably the most listenable album of their career.

Now, one could certainly argue that we had enough of Abba, and ELO, and Kim Carnes, and Olivia Newton-John the first time around. But I have to admit that every single track on this record plasters a huge goofy grin on my face, as Goldfrapp mines -- in an entirely non-ironic way, I might add -- an astounding array of early-'80s pop conventions to produce an entirely charming (and infinitely catchy) work. And it's that combination of technical achievement and solid pop songcraft that makes Head First such an intense sugar rush.

Every track is good, but the lead single "Rocket" has to be one of the finest pop tunes anybody has crafted in ages, all Reagan-era double entendres wrapped around one hot hook after another. "Alive" is the other poppy highlight, with a glittering synth fill that could transport the listener straight to Xanadu. I had to check the mirror to make sure a Member's Only jacket hadn't materialized on my back. The compelling "Believer" strongly recalls the Kim Carnes single "Voyeur" (remember when she was at the pop vanguard?), while the title track plays like some long lost Abba hit. And of course who could forget the deliciously naughty "Shiny And Warm", or the scrumptious, Motels-esque "I Wanna Life"?

The album closes with the lovely, experimental "Voicething", but truth be told it's less impressive than the pop tracks that it follows.
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This is definitely a great album to enjoy if you are an 80s fan. I bought this last year after hearing "Rocket". I wasn't too excited about it the first time I played it. None of the songs besides Rocket stood out or were memorable; they seemed to blend together. I was a little disappointed, but I didn't hate it. I came back to it a couple times and started to become familiar with the songs. I liked it. The songs have a soft, dreamy sound, with a bit of an edge. It's somewhat fluffy pop in the clouds, but not bubblegum.

Yep, it is inspired by music styles of the late 70s and early 80s. It sounds like it could've been released in 1982. To me that is a good thing. It even looks 80s...from Alison and Will's heads amongst pastel-colored clouds to her pink jumpsuit, the brief track listing, and retro-style font on the back cover. I bought a vinyl copy too, and it's very similar to holding an 80s record, if you like that sort of thing.

If you hate 80s music, you might not dig this too much. I love it. Most of the songs are happy. They make me feel good while listening to them. It can't be written off as mindless pop, especially when compared to mainstream pop of the past 15 years. This isn't the Spice Girls or Britney.

Rocket-Catchy synth pop. The lyrics describe a relationship ending, a significant other cheating, and wanting to send them away on a rocket. "You're never coming back". Funny.

Believer-Sometimes I don't mind hearing it, other times I skip it. There is a sound about it that reminds me of cheesy 80s dance films, like Breakin' and Stayin' Alive. I could just see Finola Hughes and John Travolta dancing to this. That's a good thing, by the way. The video is fun.

Alive-This song is upbeat.
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Being a Goldfrapp fan since Felt Mountain, Black Cherry, and Supernature, We Are Glitter (remix album), and Seventh Tree this album took me by surprise. Utopia and Seventh Tree alerted me to Goldfrapp's calmer, slower nature with music so this album was a brand new take on an early era, true to Goldfrapp's creative nature. It is not as much about dance like Supernature (which is my all time favorite), but is more geared towards sounds of the 80's. "I Wanna Life" reminds me of "Let's Get Physical" (originally by Olivia Newton-John) and many other upbeat early poppy 80's songs. "Rocket" follows the same format. I don't think it was a mistake that Alison performed "Let's Get Physical" on an earlier "Utopia: Genetically Enriched" single.

If you are not yet accustomed to this idea, do not let that cloud what Head First really has to say however. This album seems more real than the others. Alison's voice is just as glorious as ever and yet has a tempered, truthfulness as she belts out far more sincere lyrics than I've heard in the past.

Of course there is always the respectful mystery as to what the band is saying, which makes them brilliant which is par for the course, but never boring.

I am not going to review every song, but the highlights. "Head First" is an upbeat, yet truly sweet song that begins with piano/synthasizing, discussing wanting to be with someone, and knowing that he/she is the one finally, despite the long distance and such a short time of understanding. This is then followed by "Hunt", which, for me, gives me a sense of the Salem Witch trials and the Scarlet Letter. While speaking about an individual marrying twice, it seems ominous and that "tonight, they hunt, for you." Quite haunting, but obviously open for interpretation.
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