Good Vibrations

Goldfrapp: Head First

Rating: 6.5

Label: Mute

Release Date: March 23, 2010

Reminds me of: Any pop artist from the 80s (Duran Duran, Pointer Sisters, Pet Shop Boys), YYYs, MGMT Phoenix, Air

One thing I can definitely say about “Head First,” is that the album’s got some serious chutzpah.  A big departure from 2008’s “Seventh Tree.”  From the very beginning of the album, you’re hit over the head with soaring vocals, multiple harmonies and an orchestra of synthesizers.  If music were food, “Head First” would be a whole pack of Watermelon flavored Hubba Bubba bubble gum chewed all at once.  If, like me, you grew up in the 80s when big synthesizers and big hair ruled the day, then this may seem a bit cheap and recycled.  Yet, it is unmistakable that Alison Goldfrapp, with the help of producer Will Gregory, has woven together a record filled with catchy melodies, strong vocals, and a richness of sound.  If you’re not quite over the whole 80’s synth revival then you’ll know doubt dive head first into this one…..get it “head first”?

Select Cuts: Rocket, Dreaming, Head First

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