"This album could be the first sun in the spring"
First time when i hear this album, I’m not crush on it but i falling in love with it. These albums maybe have a cheesy sounds lyric but in a good way not like what Gaga's did. Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory is definitely genius duo, from the trippy album 'Felt Mountain' to an electronic twisted sounds 'Black Cherry' and then ‘70s massive glamazon 'Supernature' to a folksy brilliant album 'Seventh Tree' and now ‘80s disco fantasy 'Head First'.
I have read all the negative review by recent media for this album, but they critiques for me is just too technical.. They just look in the same perspectives. Goldfrapp has known by their creativity to make music with different ambience.. They always have exploration things and don’t forget it’s always seemed too as that they have been the ones to hold open a door for other musician influence. It’s not like how Alison and Will pretend or must to be.. But it’s like how they did for the fans and their own self, and honestly we like it and it’s more than enough.
What ever media have said, I think Alison and Will has done perfectly put a neon-lit ‘80s wonderland with Hi-bass lines with a plenty of that synth sound, laser, jumpsuit and all that shinny thing. And the results are all-out pop, gloriously so. Opener ‘Rocket' is a fine continuation of the winning track likes Ooh la la, Caravan Girl, Strict Machine and A&E from the previous album. Listen this track carefully and you will feels like jumping with fashionably ripped Van Halen t-shirt. (It’s really nostalgic T T)
When Goldfrapp leave the roller disco, they find other retro gimmicks to play with in this album, like the dated techno sound of "Dreaming" or the arena-rock breakdown in "I Wanna Life" . And after we get busy on the dance floor Alison didn't forget to accompanied us while we're riding home through beautiful song and lyric 'Head First' it self.
Goldfrapp also revive the vocal experimentation that has been their trademark twist on electronica. Listen to "Hunt" with its yelps woven into the background, recalls Imogen Heap, but the gorgeous minimalist closer is a "Voicething" -- built from carefully stacked layers of Alison's own breathy coo -- has no modern pop equivalent.
At last if it doesn’t any track from this album knock the top ten of chart, that will be a mystery for future generation to mull because this album deserves it amazing!