Album Review: Goldfrapp, ‘Head First’

Album Review: Goldfrapp, ‘Head First’

After four innovative albums, and a catalogue of brilliant singles, the British duo of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory have misplaced their mojo this time around. In Head First, the elegiac dream-pop of 2008’s Seventh Tree is combined with an Italo-disco sensibility that has the simultaneous effect of flattening both their melodies and songwriting. Only […]

After four innovative albums, and a catalogue of brilliant singles, the British duo of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory have misplaced their mojo this time around.

In Head First, the elegiac dream-pop of 2008’s Seventh Tree is combined with an Italo-disco sensibility that has the simultaneous effect of flattening both their melodies and songwriting.

Only two tracks manage to mash Goldfrapp’s populist synth-dance style with their lower-key side, “Dreaming”, and the closing sonic experiment “Voicething”, but otherwise the rest of the songs fail as a compromise to fans of either.

For the first time, Goldfrapp are following the crowd — every indie pop act is going ’80s, digging into their Giorgio Moroder downloads and sequencing their MIDIs to capture that perfect “ironic hipster” sound — and as a result, Head First ends up being a tepid bore.