January 26, 2010

Goldfrapp Confuses Future People

Future people looking back on Earth's history are going to be very confused when they open a 2010 time capsule containing Goldfrapp's "Rocket." Did the single slip through the time continuum from the 1980s? No, they'll learn how artists from later generations would ironically and sometimes blandly copy and sample from the glossy, flashy, and oft synthesizer-centered 1980s time period.

Goldfrapp's "Rocket" recalls artists like Irene Cara and Olvia Newton-John but does little to progress their sound. It's second-hand bubblegum pop that retains the original's appeal but subsequently leaves the listener longing for the first chorussing punch of classics like "What A Feeling." In fact, the first thing I did after listening to "Rocket" was put on Patti LaBelle's thumping "Stir It Up" single recorded for the first Beverly Hills Cop film. You can take Patti LaBelle out of the 80s, but you can't take the 80s out of Patti LaBelle. Goldfrapp's artwork on the other hand, I can totally get behind.

Goldfrapp - "Rocket" (from Head First)
Patti LaBelle - "Stir It Up" (from Beverly Hills Cop)
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  1. i love goldfrapp!!!!

  2. i was listening to "number 1" today. from 2005 i think? i like that minimalist beat-heavy sound a lot better. great for riding the subway.