Thursday, 18 March 2010

Goldfrapp, Headfirst (2010)

Early 1980s naff-electro-disco style Goldfrapp, this; some OK-songs (I liked the lyric-less, mm-oo-aa 'Voiceless') but by bulk much more average-to-poor than good. People are saying it's Goldfrapp-does-Giorgio-Moroder, which would be cool; but it struck me more as Goldfrapp-does-soprano-Billy-Joel, which is frankly not cool. I'm still enjoying listening to it, mind. That's because, deep down, and despite my being very happily married, I'd really quite like to have sex with Goldfrapp. It's hard to resist her singing things like 'oh-oh-oh I've got a rocket, oh-oh-oh you're going on it' in her gorgeous breathy voice, straight into my ear. Yes, I've heard that she's insane. But you see, I rather like that in a woman.

11 comments:

Al R said...

I have all their albums but for my money they've never reached the heights of Utopia again. I'll get this one, although I don't really rate the single. And - yes - Alison Goldfrapp. Indeed.

BTW, enoying YBT. TTFN.

Adam Roberts said...

As it happens I'm presently in the middle of Terminal World, which I'm enjoying very much. Splendidly inventive, and I'm a little in awe of your ability to drive your stories onward.

Hmm; this is getting a little Mutual Admiration Society. Let's leave it there.

Afront said...

I thought Seventh Tree was horrible and a big mistake (they should at least have released it under a different name), but Head First is terrific, definitely a step back in the right direction and probably my favourite album of the year so far.

Al R said...

I like Seventh Tree quite a lot but mainly because it reminds me of bits of other records I also like. I don't think it's them playing to their strengths, though. What I want from them is futuristic dreampop.

Adam Roberts said...

I'd say Seventh Tree is all the same song. It's a pretty song, but still.

James Lovegrove said...

I believe Miss Goldfrapp swings the other way, meaning that insane or not she probably wouldn't be interested in any of us. Or, if she was truly insane, she might. I don't know. She was splendidly grumpy on Buzzcocks once, which endeared her to me even more.

Each Goldfrapp album has one outstanding track, e.g. "Utopia" on Felt Mountain, "A&E" on Seventh Tree, and the rest merely good by comparison. On this one it's "Rocket". But I love the electro stylings all the same. It's as if Thomas Dolby had a dream, another one, not the Howard Jones one, and in it he was a woman...

Adam Roberts said...

James: I think you mean 'if she were truly insane ...' Subjunctve for unfulfilled wish or condition.

Otherwise, your comment breaks my heart. Well, if Alison won't have me, then a transgender Thomas Dolby it will have to be, I suppose.

James Lovegrove said...

Put a Howard Jones wig on Thomas Dolby and he'd be a dead ringer for Goldfrapp.

Or should that be "were a dead ringer"?

Adam Roberts said...

For was it not Meatloaf who sang: 'I don't know who you are, but you're a were dead ringer for Thomas Dolby'? I believe it was.

Mary said...

Her back catalogue has some definite highlights (Utopia, as one comment mentioned - stunning song) but I don't understand the hate for Seventh Tree. As far as I'm concerned it's the most accomplished and interesting Goldfrapp album out there. This electro-pop thing has been done to death, not just by Goldfrapp but by other artists that followed the Black Cherry/Supernature path. Seventh Tree (and to a similar extent, Felt Mountain) really allowed Alison Goldfrapp to show off what she can do.

So, to consider this new album "a step back in the right direction"? Bloody nonsense. It's a regression, and not in the step-back-into-the-80s sense.

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