Head First

  • 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
  1. Head First, enjoyable though much of it is, is disappointingly determined to return the favour.
  2. Goldfrapp make another proficient genre hop, it simply feels like they’re failing to consolidate their last bout of proficiency. They've moved on, changed their sound, and it's just okay... again.
  3. There are instances when the songwriting isn't that exciting, when the choruses don't ascend quite as stratospherically as they're supposed to, and you're left listening to what is, in essence, an MOR pop album.
  4. This may be the most lovingly detailed synth-pop album since the golden days of Yaz and Kim Carnes. Yet expert execution doesn't always signal a good idea.
  5. It is difficult, even after repeated listenings to find something that breaks out of the formula. The only truly embarrassing moment on the album is the title track.
  6. Under The Radar
    50
    The duo takes on Italo disco, going by the numbers to create uncharcateristically mixed results. [Winter 2010, p.63]
  7. Uncut
    60
    From a band as previously as stylishly provocative and adventurous as Goldfrapp, these knowing cliches and lush pastiches suggest a band playing it distinctly safe. [Apr 2010, p.88]
  8. Q Magazine
    60
    While Head First more than delivers on its title's promise of instant sensation, like an uncorked bottle of champagne, it inevitably loses its fizz. [Apr 2010, p.110]
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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. Dec 18, 2016
    8
    Goldfrapp didn't make a synthpop album because everybody else was doing so, they did it to show them how it's done.
    It may lack the power of
    Goldfrapp didn't make a synthpop album because everybody else was doing so, they did it to show them how it's done.
    It may lack the power of 'Supernature' and the beauty of 'Seventh Tree', but it doesn't lack in fun. It's a slickly produced retro-feeling record. It'll impress the older generation for it's nostalgia, and captivate the younger.
    A fine effort indeed.
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  3. 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 »