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5.0 out of 5 stars
Stunning, 14 Sept. 2004
In an excellent year for British guitar bands, the Futureheads may have made the one essential album. Come to think of it, there are moments on their debut that make some of their contemporaries look embarrasing. 'First day', a frantic description of the first day of a menial job sounds like the kind of track the Ordinary Boys would kill to create.
So what makes this album so great? The secret is also the reason why the album is not the most immediate of records. Clocking in at around 35 minutes, the album has 15 tracks. Barely a second is wasted, as each tracks brims with energy and invention. It is so dense, yet so succinct instead of picking best tracks, best moments seems more apt. The killer, brazenly simple octave- changing riff in 'decent days and nights'? The speeding up bit in 'first day'? The distincly odd time signature in 'the city is here for you to use'? The vocal harmonies in 'le garage'? On that point, how many art- punk bands can you think of who would open an album just with do-da-do-do singing?
Buy it. Buy two copies- contradicting myself I am biased towards 'decent days and nights' and wore my first copy out due to that track.