Tag Archive for 'Goldfrapp'

Life In Mixtape Form #79

Life In Mixtape Form #79 from almostaghost on 8tracks Radio.

A quick break from the countdown for a mix of some songs, a strange mix of classic old stuff and some decent newer stuff and that’s how these mixes should be, I think.

- almostaghost

January 2012

January 2012 from almostaghost on 8tracks.

A short handful of new 2012 songs–most are from EPs, mixtapes and singles because there weren’t all that many new albums that I heard and liked enough to want to share a song. But there was still some cool tunes out there this year, and I liked this selection.

- almostaghost

Life In Mixtape Form #34

Last 8 days, in mixtape form.

I fell behind on my reviews and won’t be quite done for the new year. I hate to linger on too long after January 1st, so I’ll get the last five albums up and done (and a nice long mix) in the next couple days. Have a good New Year’s! Thanks for reading, on behalf of everyone at this blog.

- almostaghost

Life In Mixtape Form #20

Ah number 20! I’m impressed with myself that I stuck it out this long without ever feeling like my choices are overly repetitive. I could easily pick a Bob Dylan song to symbolize every single day, but I try not to go there. Hehe

- almostaghost

Set Fire To A Blackberry Field – Best Of 2010 (the mix)

This is a 20-track mix of my favorite songs of 2010. Lots of artist overlap with my top-25 album countdown, naturally. But I was careful not to use any songs I’ve already shared here, and there’s some other stuff in there as well. (Apologies for the Eminem verse, he’s ridiculous, but Nicki Minaj is so cool and the beat on that song has hooked me.)

On to 2011!

- almostaghost

AlmostAGhost’s Best Albums Of 2010 – #8. Goldfrapp – Head First

Goldfrapp - Head First

shiny and warm

#8. Goldfrapp – Head First

Head First is yet another addictive album from Goldfrapp. Their string of records is getting pretty impressive! I find that when I listen to them, I end up listening to them a ton. And sometimes when I do that with other artists, by the time I’m done, I’m thinking, “that’s enough, I’m sick of this artist now.” But with Goldfrapp, I get hooked, and keep wanting to listen to more. Head First is no exception!

While their last album, Seventh Tree, was pretty chill, and showed off the sometimes-strange creativity of their songs, Head First leans back to Black Cherry or Supernature. It is energetic and bubbly, but with their occasional slight touches of darkness or menace. That’s not to say they are repeating themselves. Most press about Head First notes the heavy ’80s influence of the album, mainly in the sound of the keyboards/synthesizers. That is true, but misses some of the subtlety of what they are doing. Jazzercising to it would hardly be out of place, though, that’s for sure.

On “Dreaming,” for example, all the sounds and layers of synthesizers are there to enhance the chorus. Everything is there for that moment: “I, I am only dreaming…” Similarly, “Alive” hangs there, revving up, until the chorus soars in, “feeling alive again!” This is what Goldfrapp does in all their best songs of the past (from “Strict Machine” to “Oh La La” to name two), dropping razor sharp choruses into a relentless groove. They continue to do that on Head First, continue to do that better than anyone.

One new angle on Head First is that Alison Goldfrapp is singing fairly straightforward love songs. In the past, she used a lot of sexy innuendo and surreal language; here, she is using her seductive voice to sing of clearer and more immediate feelings. For instance, on “Shiny And Warm,” she is anxious: “shiny and warm / head in a storm / I’m driving home to you.” She sounds pretty exhilarated, and it’s pretty clear what will happen when she gets home (“you’ll play with my cheek / whisper something in the dawn”). She recognizes sometimes that the feelings might be a dream or temporary. On the title track, she sings “I am your visitor / I’m on the other side of your world.” She’ll deal with that later, but for now she’s “head first in love.” This immediacy certainly makes Head First one of the more romantic albums of 2010.

Goldfrapp “Dreaming”

Goldfrapp “Head First”

- almostaghost