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Futureheads Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Mar 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 679 Recordings
  • ASIN: B0002BK4IA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. A to B 2:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Decent Days And Nights 2:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Meantime 2:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Alms 2:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Danger Of The Water 2:570.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. The City Is Here For You To Use 2:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. First Day 2:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. He Knows 3:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Stupid and Shallow 1:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Trying Not To Think About Time 2:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Hounds of Love (new mix) 3:020.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Man Ray 2:180.79  Buy MP3 


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The eponymous debut from the Futureheads, Sunderland's post-punk 80s throwbacks, is a challenging listen but still manages to get your toe tapping. As the album unfolds, the references abound here, there and everywhere. The less-then-two-minute opener "Le Garage", starts off like a Flying Pickets album track, but soon transforms itself into a pogo-along Clash anthem. "Robot" could be a long lost Jam track, the intro riff bearing certain similarities to one of Weller's early ditties.

With each track from here on in it's difficult to stop yourself from thinking of the underrated but influential XTC, and even the Knack. The fleeting and endearing flashbacks don't detract from the charm of this album, however. The semi a capella "Danger of Water" will leave you smiling, despite its sad story. "First Day", which everyone should listen to on the morning they start a new job, even has a vague ska feel, reminiscent of the Beat. If you lived through the terrible fashion statements of he early 80s, this album will bring back memories of some of the finest bands around at the time. If you missed it, it will act as a musical tour of what the discerning listener had on their turntables back then. Either way, this record will get you pogoing in your living room. --Jamie Clark

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best thing is... 22 Jan 2006
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
In the music scene today, there may be no band that sounds like it's having more fun than the Futureheads. Their bouncy dancepunk tunes are catchy, gritty-edged, danceable -- and above all, the guys sound like they're having a absolutely glorious time.
A pal of mine went to a Futureheads concert and confided that the crowd didn't move at all. That's hard to imagine -- after a mild buildup of vocal harmonies and guitar riffs, the catchiness kicks in with the rapid-fire percussion. "And I won't say what if it's true/Le garage (le garage-RAGE!)" the guys shout in the opener.
Things don't die down after that, from the Devo-esque "Robot" to the heavy-guitar, dadaesque "Man Ray." Not that everything is all the same -- the Futureheads are one of the few rock bands who don't rely on the same riffs and beats to achieve catchiness. They manage different kinds of catchiness -- herky-jerky, relentless, fragmented and poppy.
The only exception is "Danger of the Water," a song that is almost a capella, with Barry Hynde solemnly singing, as his bandmates chant "do do, do do" in the background. Okay, there's a tiny keyboard melody, but it's almost indiscernable -- and it's surprisingly entrancing when the song builds up to a tense climax ("Danger... water/Danger... water!"), followed by a yell from Hynde. Only imagine what happens next.
Despite comparisons to Franz Ferdinand, the Futureheads smack more of Devo-and-XTX-meets-the-Ramones. The jangly guitars, solid drums and bass are all wonderfully assured, but the vocal harmonies are the really good stuff. Hynde does most of the singing, but the other guys weave in and out without a single sonic burp.
Sure, it's not perfect. But the energy and fun of the Futureheads' debut can't be denied. A solid, fun, catchy dancepunk album.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This album is absolutely stunning, almost as good as seeing one of this band's stonking live shows. The Futureheads have their basic roots in guitar-based indie/alternative music, with a strong punk feel and attitude. But that's just the starting point. They have a wide variety of musical influences which they wrap up in a tight bundle of stomping tunes, crashing instruments and vocal harmonies. All four band members sing, but not necessarily the same things at the same time. They punctuate songs with delirious vocals, whip-smart guitar, bass and drums and dizzying changes in pace, intensity or even tune whenever they feel like it. But they always carry you along with them wherever they go. They somehow combine the best punky singalongability (is that a word?) with real depth and experiments in sound.
There is not a weak track on this album. There is also nothing longer than about three minutes on the album either. In true punk style they strip away the unnecessary guitar breaks, chorus repeats and twiddly bits other bands use as padding, leaving two to three minutes of perfectly formed song. But there is nothing basic here. They fill every second of their songs with meaty hooks, melodies of all kinds as well as superb vocals, from straight singing to whatever shouts and noises they can pack in to a spare second. Two or even three tunes, some of which don't sound like they should work in a song, often vie for space in one track, all under the complete control of this talented foursome. Some songs have so much going on that you can't believe only two and a half minutes have elapsed by the time they finish, but they are all put seamlessly together.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great debut 9 Sep 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Some of the reviews on here amaze me. This is a classic from start to finish, A unique album from a truly unique band. These lads have grafted for years to get to where they are now and good luck to them. The live experience is a step up from the album - a prime example of what a good band should be, energetic, humourous, adventurous and accesible. The recent B-sides on the latest singles suggest the follow up album will be equally as good.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Could Buy A Few, You Could Buy A Few 4 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's rare that I listen to an album and get the impression that "yeah, I'm so glad that I know about this band and no-one else does". I had that feeling with Oasis - it soon passed. So it's with some reserve that, although I want to wax lyrically about this amazing record until my fingers drop off, I'm afraid my actions may trigger all-out record buying pandemonium.
So, reasons why this album is the best thing I've heard in a long, long time...
1. Post-moderism rocks! I love a band who wear their influences on their sleeves rather than poncing around by saying "oh yeah, we ARE unique". In a year which has seen / will see albums released by others of a similar ilk (Dogs Die In Hot Cars, The Killers), The Futureheads' LP is a fabulous statement for recycling dated trash and making it more relevant than it ever was. It's a storage solution IKEA would envy...
2. Music is meant to be fun. And loud. This is. Live with it. Every track is a zinger (even "Danger In The Water", which in sounding like at an attempt of Garage Gospel a la The Housemartins is so out of place it's like Cliff Richard fronting Napalm Death). "Decent Days And Nights" is THE single of the year - a rip-snorting post-punkathon built around a chugga-chugga riff so close to an adrenalised version of "My Sherona" it makes your smile ear to ear. And "Robot" sounds nothing like The Jam - I should know, Woking's about 20 minutes from my house.
3. It's the perfect album to listen to on the way to work. It has bounce and vibrancy, but more importantly a mischeviousness and innocent prankster inclination about it. To fully understand this, stand at Redhill Station on a Monday morning, stare at people and smile whilst listening.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good album
I bought this as I love their cover of "Hounds of Love" and I like "The beginning of the twist". I've played it two or three times. Good, spiky pop music. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. D. G. Medley
4.0 out of 5 stars Invigorating Debut From Sunderland's Finest
On its release, this 2004 debut album from The Futureheads came across as something of a pleasant surprise to this listener. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Keith M
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
If you like Futureheads then it's more good stuff. Not quite as good as 'This is not the world' but still pretty good.
Published on 29 April 2010 by Mr. Anthony Butler
4.0 out of 5 stars No more taxis
Add a spoonful of The Jam's `'A' Bomb in Wardour Street' and `To be Someone', mix with a cup of `This is Pop! Read more
Published on 27 April 2008 by Mr. M. J. Cole
1.0 out of 5 stars hmmmmm...dreadful
I don't usually waste my time writing reviews but this album really isn't

very good.

There are two great songs ('Meantime' and 'Hounds of Love'). Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2006 by meme dussard
4.0 out of 5 stars Good debut
Quirky and different is what this album is all about. XTC for the 21st century, all twitchy guitars and great harmonys make for a very cool album.
Published on 20 Aug 2006 by Micmat
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a break
I bought the original version of this album back in 2004. Listened to it twice and thought "Ummm - difficult". Three months later I picked it up and played it again. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2006 by GR Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut album
It was disappointing to read that 1-star review below, as unfortunately I don't agree with a word of it. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2006 by D. Pesani
1.0 out of 5 stars if this is the future, we are in trouble...
I would have to argue with anyone that described this particular collection of songs as 'music'. If you're not sick of the Sunderland accent at the beginning of this album, don't... Read more
Published on 15 May 2006 by caterina scatiatelli
5.0 out of 5 stars MANY MANY Decent days and nights!!! Thankyou Futureheads!
After a few months with Futureheads in my music library and countless listens through their entire catalogue of songs, mainly from this album, I felt I had to write a review... Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2006 by David Hunter
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