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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Fantastic record. The seller needs to get their sh!t together and double check the product description.Published 4 days ago by S.R.
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 on August 17, 2013 by Kalani L. Baguio
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
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 morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Oscar
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 morePublished on March 3, 2013 by scoundrel
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 morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Dee Treadway