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  • Summary: The latest studio album for Alison Goldfrapp and producer Will Gregory finds the duo moving away from the more ambient sound of 2008's "Seventh Tree."
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
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  1. 80
    Remarkably, the bold, full-on cheese works, because this is an album of classic pop. [Apr 2010, p.93]
  2. As Will Gregory's superimposed sonic backgrounds flit by like the green-screen projections of some fickle, seemingly opportunist sci-fi magician, singer and namesake Alison Goldfrapp's voice--ethereal, otherworldly, but always human--remains a constant variable, the cord that connects all of Goldfrapp's disparate, but equally captivating, incarnations.
  3. 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.
  4. There's plenty of highly stylized fun to be had here. Just don't expect to remember many of the details when it's all over.
  5. As both a concept and an insular set of songs, it works. But for an act that’s always found its footing in the future, it’s puzzling that the duo find their present rooted so firmly in the past.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
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  1. Nov 3, 2010
    10
    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 GoldfrappAn 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. Expand
  2. uptonk
    Apr 12, 2010
    10
    This year's guilty, guilty pleasure. Love every dirty, synthetic gesture.
  3. Sep 13, 2010
    10
    Goldfrapp's 5th album is definitely amazing. From the head rocking "Rocket" to the soft, melodic instrumental "Voicething" , Goldfrapp onceGoldfrapp'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! Expand
  4. JenS.
    Mar 26, 2010
    9
    Fun, slick album.
  5. BradN
    Mar 31, 2010
    9
    I heard "Rocket" and "Believer" first. Loved them. When the album came out I was very underwhelmed. However after a couple times listening to I heard "Rocket" and "Believer" first. Loved them. When the album came out I was very underwhelmed. However after a couple times listening to it over and over again, (I can listen to every song on my way to work everyday) I am mesmerized by it. I feel like I am in a constant trance, dripping with ecstasy. I respect this band more and more each album for mixing it up a little each time while still keeping their sound. Best songs: Hunt, Rocket and Voicething. Expand
  6. JeanM
    Mar 31, 2010
    9
    to be honest, this album didn't live up to my own ridiculously high expectations, but still, it's a pop masterpiece.
  7. Aug 10, 2011
    5
    While notoriously trying to return to a commercial era, Goldfrapp took a wrong step with Head First. Besides the hooks of their singlesWhile 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. Expand

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