`News and Tributes' is a great second album by the Futureheads. It showcases the unsung heroes of British indie music at their best.
The album commences with a fast paced anthem, `Yes/No', which appears bizarre at first, but also brilliant in its simple but effective lead guitar. I had the pleasure of seeing the Futureheads live on their tour for this album, and the band played this song first to great reception, with the audience participation on the chorus almost levelling that of the great `Hounds of Love'.
The album then proceeds with my personal favourite on the album, `Cope', which has a clashing, unconventional guitar part, and the harmonised vocals for which we have all come to love the Futureheads. The song has many layers of rhythm and tunes that are somehow kept together by the strong drumming and vocals.
Other highlights on the album include the comeback single `Skip to the End, a typically punchy Futureheads song, Fallout, a moody melodic masterpiece, and `Worry About It Later', another punky fast-paced anthem.
News and Tributes will not become a bestselling album like `Whatever people say I am...' and `You could have it so much better', but anyone who makes the excellent decision to buy this album will be rewarded with a modern classic, sure to grace their music players for a long time to come.