Goldfrapp - Head First
March 23rd will see the release of Head First, the new album from one of the few acts that can bring dance and indie fans together: Goldfrapp. The UK duo provide precious few surprises on the new album, instead dishing out fairly straightforward techno pop.
The lead single, "Rocket", is an infectious stick-in-your-brain disco number. "I Wanna Life" draws inspiration from fluffy '80s synth pop. The BPMs on "Believer" make it nearly ideal for any hipster's workout mix, while the title track sees the pair in full-on Blondie worship mode.
Head First may be Goldfrapp's simplest album to date. Save the ethereal album closer "Voicething", these tracks have been stripped nearly bare of the gauzy swirl that has so often separated the group from straight dance acts.
One can't help but get the feeling that some of these songs were rushed for the album. Some tracks, like the trudging "Dreaming", feel half-conceived. Others, like the rather ordinary "Hunt", feel like Alison laid it down in the studio and said 'alright that'll do'.
There's nothing decidedly groundbreaking or terribly fresh sounding on Head First. It's an enjoyable, but not stellar, dose of danceable indie pop.
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