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    Goldfrapp’s newest a peppy ’80s throwback

    Are the ’80s finally over? Can we now move on to this shiny new decade waiting ahead of us? Goldfrapp’s latest album, Head First, serves as the perfect capstone to all the bands that mined the 1980s for inspiration.

    With their 2008 album Seventh Tree, Goldfrapp captured and reinvigorated a strain of folk-inspired ambient music that was coursing through Britain at the time. The duo, comprised of singer Alison Goldfrapp and producer Will Gregory, have returned this time with another change in their musical style. But rather than looking toward post-punk and New Wave mainstays like Gang of Four, Wire and Talking Heads for inspiration, Goldfrapp draws their stylish flairs from airy synths, italo disco, Giorgio Moroder and pink jumpsuits.

    The first single, “”Rocket,”” leads the album with a sassy start. Goldfrapp sings of sending a former lover off into space against choruses that sparkle like Roman candles thrown across the sky. “”Believer”” picks up the pace with even bigger choruses. “”Alive”” continues the poppy rush with its sugary lyrics and shimmering washes of synth.

    What’s remarkable about Head First is its seeming sincerity. The duo sounds as if they truly love the dance-friendly soft rock of the ’80s. The brooding undercurrent of previous albums is mostly missing here, and has been replaced with shiny optimism. “”I Wanna Life”” brings on episodes of déjà vu of Olivia Newton-John’s “”Physical”” — a song that was covered in 2007 by Goldfrapp.

    “”Hunt”” is a notable exception to this rainbow-bright album with lyrics such as: “”Every night, every day / Making plans for your escape / All you love you destroy / Everyone is your toy.”” Another exception is “”Shiny and Warm,”” which radiates a dark sultriness that recalls Supernature.

    If you’re seeking songs with substance from Goldfrapp, Head First is not the best place to start. But it is perfect for one last spin on the dance floor before moving on to the next decade. 

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