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Head First

Goldfrapp Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (22 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00353RUPC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Dreaming 5:070.99  Buy MP3 
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Fifth studio album by the British electronic duo, containing the singles 'Rocket' and 'Alive'.

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GOLDFRAPP Head First (2010 UK 9-track CD album - Written & produced by band mates Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory and recorded throughout 2009 in Bath and in London Head First is Goldfrapps 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; and includes the goose-bump brilliant single Rocket)

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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some kind of wonderful 22 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard the single "Rocket" I was horrified. It was played one afternoon while I was at work. "Rocket" came on the radio and I immediately accused a colleague of changing the channel from 6Music to Radio2. As I listened further I began to recognise the voice but didn't want to believe that it was actually Goldfrapp. My mind filled with images of Van Halen's "Jump", Starship and other equally big-haired US west-coast MOR acts who blighted my formative years.

Investigating further I discovered that the whole album was a trip back to many different sounds from the 80s and suddenly "Rocket" was in context and my previous shortsightedness melted away. Even though it happens to me every time they release a new album I had fallen into the same old trap which seems to define my relationship with the music of Goldfrapp. I realise this is part of their appeal and I do know they change their sound every album but I seemingly just need to be wrong-footed every time in order to appreciate it.

Any personal prejudice I may have about (some of) that 80's sound is totally irrelevant because Goldfrapp make it their own. I can almost understand why some may initially dismiss this album as lightweight or lazy but remember this is Goldfrapp and they just don't do lazy. I think the confusion arises because they manage to make it all sound so effortless which, somewhat ironically, actually takes a lot of hard work and talent to achieve.
Listen again and listen with an open mind. The tracks on "Head First" may be fizzy 80's pop on the surface but they are also typically warm and lush and slightly unusual in that singular and distinctive way that Goldfrapp do so well.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Goldfrapp do it again!!! 18 May 2010
So why would this bloke buy vinyl in this digital age. The most obvious reason is you can appreciate the cover artwork more and you get a nice Goldfrapp poster in a beautifully produced sleeve. The album itself is 180g vinyl so there's none of that vintage snap, crackle and pop. However, my main reason for buying `Head First' on vinyl was the disappointing sound quality on `Supernature'. For me Supernature had excellent songs spoilt by overdriven sound levels leading to compressed dynamic range that gave this album a harsh, tiring sound. For example the violins of the sumptuous `Time out from the World' sound harsh and gritty when they should have been honey smooth. On taking off my music anorak I need not have worried. The sound quality of both vinyl and CD versions of Head First is as excellent as all the `Frappers other albums. The vinyl version sounds more lush and smooth with wonderful spacious mid-range while the CD is clean, fast and punchy. Alison's voice sounds wonderfully seductive regardless.
On first listen to Head First with my audiophile anorak off I found I still had my `music snob' hat on. Finding, as some other reviewers did, songs that sounded uncharacteristically derivative and predictable. All those seventies and eighties references where there with the first three tracks sounding like `Blondie joins Human League' while the title track wouldn't sound out of place on an Abba album. However, on repeated listening the penny starts to drop as you realise they are being unpredictable, I for one didn't think they would follow the lyrical, almost folky `Seventh Tree' with eighties infected dance floor fillers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars poptastic 5 Jan 2014
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absolutely smashing in every way. an 80s explosion in a modern style with Alison making you feel happy and dancy and smiley. top marks
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I'm really beginning to think of Goldfrapp as a latterday David Bowie with the same chameleon-like qualities for reinventing themselves every album or so, due to either Will reprogramming his synths or Alison tiring of her current wardrobe. Like Bowie, Goldfrapp are proving themselves to be very adept at taking a particular musical genre and sprinkling it with stardust to produce the genre in their own inimitable style.

This time up Goldfrapp are reinterpreting the eighties and in particular the sound of Euro-pop legends, Abba. But, you can also detect references to Kraftwerk, Laurie Anderson, Vangelis and Giorgio Moroder. The opener, 'Rocket', is a perfect example of the new sound. A great chorus, 'I've got a rocket and you're going on it', backed up with a lush, synth riff. The lyrics possibly refer to the inner thoughts of a jealous woman scorned in a love triangle. The title track, 'Head First' reminds me of `Chiquitita' with it's characteristic Abba, bouncy-piano melody. 'Alive' and 'Believer' are great takes on the swirly synth riffs characterized by Giorgio Moroder.

Goldfrapp stated in an interview recently that they wrote these new songs very quickly and without too much thought of aiming for a particular sound. But, Alison did admit to listening to some late Abba albums including 'Visitors' and listening to this you can detect a similarity between the two albums. (Given that we have only just got over Mamma Mia, surely it isn't time yet for *another* Abba revival!)

Anyway, this album is simply the sound of Goldfrapp having fun and the tracks I've mentioned are very enjoyable and should see Goldfrapp sitting in the charts all summer. But, after these first few good songs the rest of the album quickly fizzles out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Gold
Ditto all above. Keep it in player and listen to it without launching it across the cab half way through
Published 7 months ago by roy kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars POP AT ITS BEST
GoldFrapp...back on form with a great album...Songs to sing in the Car as you drive off into the sunset...OOOOO I Got a Rocket.......
Published 8 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice gift
This album was a gift to someone special. Think he liked it - still plays it!! Quick delivery and happy with the purchase.
Published 9 months ago by Ms. L. J. Harris
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 11 months ago by anything mode
3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright
Not as bad as some reviewers are giving this, but not as brilliant as others are saying. It's a very middle of the road album. Read more
Published 12 months ago by mal
1.0 out of 5 stars A great disappointment
I love all of the other Goldfrapp albums - so much depth and also great melodies. Unfortunately Head First possesses neither qualities. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Luke Eastwood
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that got me hooked on 'Frapp
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. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J.Nuttall
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheese fest
Absolutely awful cheesy rubbish. How can a group that put together the work of art that is 'felt mountain' come up with this and not think it is awful? Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2012 by Simes82
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth A Listen
Like most of Goldfrapp's work, this is quality. Its definitely on the poppy side, somewhat reminiscent of the Black Cherry album, I thought. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by D. Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album
This album has undoubtedly divided fans, but what is great about Goldfrapp is that their catalogue is so diverse and strong that it's hard for fans to agree on their best work. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2011 by Callum
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