“Satire is a form of homage,” is what I told someone who commented on the video for the first track from Goldfrapp’s latest album, Head First. “Rocket” is the story of a scorned woman set to mid-80’s synths straight out of Van Halen’s 1984. It’s a fun beginning to an album reminiscent of Supernature in its glam party attitude, but living in the throwaway pop history of the mid-80’s. Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory have created an album filled with fun — but ultimately disposable — songs that pay homage to a time when Thatcher was Prime Minister and the rich were living in open extravagance. Goldfrapp is a band known for change and doing it well, but they may have gone a little too far in paying homage to the music of the era this time around.
Must Hear: “I Wanna Life” where they nick “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” and make it a rainbow happy dance anthem.