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Head First by Goldfrapp
Released: Mar 2010
Label: Mute
Head First indeed: Opening with synths straight out of Van Halen's "Jump," the album makes a beeline away from Seventh Tree's folky tranquility and back to '80s-inspired electro-pop. The rush of frigid frequencies comes on like an ice-cream headache, tamed by Alison Goldfrapp's warm whisper and a rosy flush of nostalgia. From the tidy balladry of the title track to the Kate Bush-inspired "Hunt," this recombinant pop is both catchy and canny -- a sensual and streamlined fusion of classic pop and retro-futurism.
Philip Sherburne
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