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CD Review: Goldfrapp 

Head First (Mute)

The most frivolous song on Goldfrapp's fifth album also happens to be the best. Coincidence? "Rocket" blasts off with an irresistible hook, pillow-soft vocals by frontwoman Alison Goldfrapp and delightfully kooky lyrics ("I got a rocket/You're going on it/You're never coming back"). It's positively ABBA-esque. The rest of Head First dives in with equal playfulness. The soaring "Alive" whooshes across the dance floor from another, gayer galaxy, and "Believer" rolls forward on a disco beat straight outta 1977. In the past, the London duo was pretty serious about its electro-pop. It's good to hear them loosen up on Head First. Taking cues from ABBA, Donna Summer's electro-orgasmic hits from the '70s and some percolating old-school new wave, Goldfrapp have delicious fun digging the past. — Michael Gallucci

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