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Rocket immediately acts as a statement of intent for the whole album. In a nutshell, it’s a flawless ‘80s hit brimming with uplifting synths and an infectious sing-along chorus.
It opens with the obligatory (and only slightly camp) rocket sound but within 20 seconds the vocals kick in and it’s like Stevie Nicks singing over Van Halen’s Jump.
The squeaky-clean synth stabs and neatly compressed bass track are a distinct step away from Goldfrapp’s previous electro outings, which tended toward being ghostly or super-sleazy.
In Rocket Goldfrapp are comfortable, if not defiantly unashamed, of making highly polished electro-pop.