Head First - Goldfrapp
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Universal acclaim- based on 32 Ratings

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  1. Nov 13, 2013
    A 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.
  2. Jan 6, 2012
    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.
  3. Aug 10, 2011
    While notoriously trying to return to a commercial era, Goldfrapp took a wrong step with Head First. Besides the hooks of their singles "Rocket", "Believer" and "Alive", many other songs look like fillers in a glossy production and the lyrics are way too bland and unoriginal. Not that pure electropop might not be appreciated in some of the tracks but in a whole it works as much as a beautiful castle made of loose lego pieces. Collapse
  4. Nov 3, 2010
    An amazing album, I love and have played some of the songs in this album way too much. I usually don't like pop sounding albums but Goldfrapp manages to make their sounds so original and well crafted I just can't help but to love them.
  5. Sep 13, 2010
    Goldfrapp's 5th album is definitely amazing. From the head rocking "Rocket" to the soft, melodic instrumental "Voicething" , Goldfrapp once again releases an album that is not only worth buying, but worth keeping and listening to over and over again!

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
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  1. Head First, enjoyable though much of it is, is disappointingly determined to return the favour.
  2. Goldfrapp’s skill at adopting and fully embodying different styles is what makes them distinctive, not necessarily one signature sound. If the album seems somewhat slight, it’s purposefully so: Head First is a love letter to the frothy, fleeting, but very vital joys of pop music.
  3. At an economic 38 minutes and free of anything in the slightest bit terrible, you should welcome Head First like the first sun of spring, know it inside out by the time the band are slaying festival crowds mid-summer and possibly buying copies to give to close friends and family at Christmas.