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Head First

GoldfrappAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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Soon after touring their last album, Head First, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory reconvened at their Bristol studio, hungry to get to work on album six of their impeccable discography. Earlier than they thought, Goldfrapp were ready to conjoin minds and make music again. Alison has found, after considerable professional and personal research into the matter, that when she is at her happiest ... Read more in Amazon's Goldfrapp Store

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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B0036EBARO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rocket
2. Believer
3. Alive
4. Dreaming
5. Head First
6. Hunt
7. Shiny And Warm
8. I Wanna Life
9. Voicething

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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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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aural Candy April 4, 2010
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Stellar Album May 10, 2010
Every work they put out is different from the last and this one is another another reason I love them. 'Rocket' is a modern type of 80's synth pop. I love it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing! June 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I cant stop listening to this cd. I dont know what they did, but the sound quality of this cd is so amazing. it has to be played really loud to enjoy the crisp sound texture. My favorite track on there is I Wanna Life. I cant stop listening to that track. Believer is my second favorite. I feel like each cd Goldfrapp puts out, they get better and better. Its great to see a band like this grow forward and not sound like what is already out there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Love 80s Music... May 30, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Track-by-Track Review January 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD
**Originally posted on "#1 Hits From Another Planet" - 3/19/10**

I love that all these artists are finally rediscovering what I call the "Van Halen synth." Goldfrapp change directions pretty drastically between albums and this is my favorite iteration yet. I only wish every song adhered to the upbeat synthpop of first single Rocket.

1. Rocket - One of their best singles to date, this puts a smile on my face every time I hear it. From the bubbling synths to the simple, cheeky chorus, it's a reinvention and kicks the album off in the best possible way. 10/10

2. Believer - A little more subdued than the last track, this is still a totally impressive pastiche of 80's synthpop. It feels more like some of their older stuff. 9/10

3. Alive - My favorite track on the album. It's a mix of ELO, Scissor Sisters and every cheesy 80's musical out there. It's one of the only tracks to feature guitar prominently and feels meatier for it. Plus, the sparkling sound effects after the chorus are pretty ballsy. 10/10

4. Dreaming - Another very 80's sounding song. It's sort of a midtempo verging on uptempo with a fantastic moody melody. There's a stunning instrumental outro as well. 9/10

5. Head First - This feels very Abba in some parts. It's the first track resembling a ballad and manages to be both dreamlike and folksy at the same time. There are some gorgeous, sweeping synths throughout. 9/10

6. Hunt - This one, which would be a standout on other Goldfrapp albums, suffers because it doesn't fit tonally with the rest of the tracks. It's not a bad song, for sure, but changes the energy of the album. 8/10

7. Shiny And Warm - More uptempo, but it lacks a hook that's as strong as the other tracks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Product, Great Album
The vinyl I received was scratched! I love this album but I'm disappointed I got a bad product. I don't have the return label so I'm stuck with it.
Published 13 months ago by Kalani L. Baguio
5.0 out of 5 stars brings me back in time
since some of the reviewer here have already reviewed track by track. here's my own experience while listening to the whole album,

I hear a bit Depeche Mode, Erasure,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by anything mode
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay!!
I love Goldfrapp, that's why I give this album 5 stars!! What can I say, it's that simple. It's such positive music and makes me feel happy and energized. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Oscar
3.0 out of 5 stars Goldfrapp ‎- Head First
Goldfrapp's HEAD FIRST mines a new vein of pop: the 80s! And right from "Rocket," the album revels in its shiny synths with plenty of that retro feel: "Alive" sounds like the track... Read more
Published 18 months ago by scoundrel
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange, unnecessary retread of 80s dance-funk
Count me with everybody who was disappointed by the new-agey NPR flavor of the previous one; though the time was probably right for a change of direction--and I can't deny they... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dee Treadway
5.0 out of 5 stars I have found sound
Great beat, Allison Goldfrapp and band has done it again!!! It rocks and edgy dance beat.
Hardly wait for next album. My 20. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Billie Jo D
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar album!
I'd say Head First and Seventh Tree are their top albums.. both very different but both very well done. Read more
Published on May 18, 2012 by RK Tolbert
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and forgettable.
So here is the bottom line...

I don't feel like going into the technical aspects and all of the minutiae people may expect from user reviews so I'm just going to cut to... Read more
Published on July 2, 2011 by Jin
5.0 out of 5 stars 80s Nostalgia
Very briefly, this is a great companion piece if you are at all a fan of the Australian band Cut Copy. Read more
Published on May 23, 2011 by Deckard Trinity
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...there is nothing wrong with the 80s
Excellent album. one of my favorite Goldfrapp albums. its sad to see people rate it so low due to their personal musical preferences...truly its not for everyone. Read more
Published on March 4, 2011 by John P W
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