WRITER Jonah Bayer
Whatever Goldfrapp do—from thumping electronica to glammed up romps—they do it for the dance floor. The British electronic music duo’s fifth full-length, Head First, is loaded with pulsating pop gems, such as “Alive,” that are a step away from the baroque pop of their previous album—and tailor-made for getting down. While Head First does occasionally get close to disco territory, the synthesizer-driven romps like “Shiny and Warm” and “Dreaming” keep the album relevant, not retro. If you’re not an admirer of Goldfrapp, Head First probably won’t be the album that converts you; but if you are a fan, this is exactly what you’ve been waiting for your DJ to play.