Head First by Goldfrapp
Released: March 19, 2010 Mute
Following the side-stepping folktronic of their Seventh Tree album, Goldfrapp return to familiar electronic pastures with their fifth collection. Although lyrically, Goldfrapp retain their oblique, sometimes arch imagery, the production draws influence from frothy synth-pop confections of the eighties that, unfortunately, too many chart targeting contemporaries have similarly referenced. Perhaps 5 years too late, or 5 years too early, Head First appears as a reassertion of Goldfrapp’s earlier pioneering role in the genre: smart, sharp, but, at this juncture of their catalogue, somewhat safe.