• Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Mar 23, 2010
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22

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User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Tris
    Mar 23, 2010
    5
    This is the first Goldfrapp album I haven't enjoyed at all. Making a tribute to corny 80's pop music results only in more corny This is the first Goldfrapp album I haven't enjoyed at all. Making a tribute to corny 80's pop music results only in more corny 80's music. Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2013
    7
    A wonderful synth album that only suffers for not being synth enough. There is a mellowness and lightness that could have been richer andA wonderful synth album that only suffers for not being synth enough. There is a mellowness and lightness that could have been richer and deeper. Overall though it is quite strong. Download: Alive, Shiny and Warm, Rocket. Full Review »
  3. Jan 6, 2012
    9
    In an era of synth junkies and electropop trashy artists it would seem like a bit of trend following what Goldfrapp did with 'Head first'In an era of synth junkies and electropop trashy artists it would seem like a bit of trend following what Goldfrapp did with 'Head first' although, there's always something about Alison and Will, they just seem to get away with it.

    Head first is the reflection of years and years of cutting edge production, lyrics and attitude from one of the greatest electronic bands in the world. The album itself is a fully loaded flashback to the 80's but with that single twist, that tiny thing that reminds us that our ears are being treated with something out of the ordinary.

    And yes, I might admit that making a synthpop album in 2010 is just running the same path as previous artists that conscious or unconsciously have been touched by Goldfrapp's influence, but I also think it's a bold and bad-ass decision, specially when a lot of people are making such amazing interpretations on the genre, but I'm guessing this is just a small part of the ingenious plan of Goldfrapp taking over the world with their music on the next few years, I'm guessing this is their way of saying they can do anything they want and getting away with it, but also beneath it all, I see this record, as a way of purging some feelings and the desire of making such music as this.

    And I say this right now, on the first week of January, 2012 after hearing the 2 new tracks on Goldfrapp's first compilation, and I might say that, even though they of course contain that electronic DNA, they seem more controlled, more refined, more appeased with their own identity as performers.

    Beautiful music will always come up, but let's just stop thinking about the future, and enjoy this amazing window to the past, that at the same time, can bring us much much further.
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