I was not really aware of Goldfrapp until Suzi Quatro covered Strict Machine on her last album.
I gave the original a listen and Alison's voice knocked me sideways.
As I seem to remember, Head First was the cheapest Goldfrapp album on Amazon, so I bought this one just to give it a listen.
From the moment the chorus of Rocket kicked in, I was hooked, and have now bought everything (and I really do mean everything) they have released.
Yes, Head First is a huge nod back to the 80's, and yes, it has been done to death a bit, but Goldfrapp really do give it a glittery edge that nobody else seems to be able to do.
Owning all of their albums, I would say this album is my second favourite (Seventh Tree being my fave), but Head First has produced what has now become my all-time favourite song, I Wanna Life, which should have been a single if you ask me.
In my opinion, this album is stronger that Supernature, which seems to be 'the' Goldfrapp album. Head First has the feel-good factor that the others seem to lack.
Believer, Rocket, Alive and Shiny and Warm are perfect songs to work out to. Hunt is very Kate Bush, and Dreaming is eerily amazing, evoking images of the clouds shifting in the sky, the same colour as that of the album cover.
Head First is a recommendation if you need motivating in the morning- stick this on and you'll be leaping out of bed!
The 9 track EP-style of this album is also a nice touch. Head First blazes like a comet on you stereo, leaving you thinking 'Wow, what was that?'
Stand out tracks for me are: I Wanna Life, Rocket, Dreaming and Head First.