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Yes/No-8/10 The begiinning of this sounds remarkably similar to Maximo Park's Signal and Sign as the heavy drum beat kicks in there are reminders of their first album as Barry yelps "yes" and "no" at the top of his voice
Cope-9/10 This embraces manic riffs from the start to coincide with harmonic backing vocals which 'Heads fans have become accustomed to.
Fallout 8/10 It oozes oooohs and aaaaahs in its vocals and is catchy as hell.
Skip To The End 10/10- The comeback single is a classic with a jerky guitars and charismatic lyrics make it a corker.
Burnt 8/10- Perhaps the most obvious sign of a change from album no 1. It shares similarities of Danger of the Water but has much heavier bass and a stronger chorus
News & Tributes 5/10- Title tracks are either brilliant or crap. Sadly this one is a bit of a filler after a few listens. Probably the weakest on the album. Its ok
Return Of The Beserker-7/10 I have to say when i first heard this i thought "what the hell?". However, i can see it being a live favourite and is definately a grower on record.
Back To The Sea 9/10- One of Ross's strongest songs and he does it brilliant. Oh so catchy and top driving music. Quality bass line with an exuberent chorus.
Worry About It Later 7/10 I think this song is great and possibly an 8/10 but they overdo it by making it too drawn out. Im used to short sharp 2 minuters from the Futureheads and they should have cut it short by a minute or so.
Favours for Favours 10/10- Wow!Read more ›
But now they're great. This album is such a step forward. Its the sound of a band developing their sound. Its the sound of a band on top of their game. Its the sound of a band who aren't afraid to try something new. Its brimming with intellgence, ideas and more importantly, great songs. One of which even surpasses the 4 minute mark!
Its darker than its predecessor, and not as instant. Where the first album didnt let up, this has genuine reflective moments. The gorgeous 'Thursday' is what the beach boys would have sounded like if they were from Sunderland, 'News and Tributes' is a touching accolade to the Manchester United side descimated by the Munich air disaster and the angry 'Burnt' compares love to being, well, burnt.
This new relective mode hasn't made them lose the art of crafting great melodic songs. 'Fall Out' is perhaps their best yet, 'Skip to the End' is classic Futureheads, 'Back to the Sea' and 'Favours for Favours' being other personal favourites. And stuck right in the middle is 'Return of the Berserker', the antidote to 'Danger of the Water' from their first album!
Those expecting the exhilerating post-punk rush of the debut album will be disappointed. Those who wish to hear a band who moved on, developed and improved their sound and crafted one of the finest albums you're likely to hear all year won't be.
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.
My friend, on the other hand, is more scathing. He says it lacks all of their earlier records vim, excitement and experimentation. It is an album by young men who took an energetic approach to their earlier records, but are now sounding rather tired, grown up and writing more traditional, and therefore increasingly boring, rock/pop songs.
It's a difficult one. For as much as I enjoy this record, I can't help but admit he's partly right. "News..." does sound like a Mature Rock Record. It is therefore not a 'very Futureheads' sounding record. The "Area" single that preceded it now sounds like a final closet clearing exercise - abandoning the final bit of the "old style" in time for this more mature approach. Mojo magazine even compared them to The Police. Playing the debut by The Young Knives, for example, and I can't help but wonder to myself that this is what the new Futurehead's album should really have sounded like.
But then I listen again and I think how well crafted "Skip To The End" sounds. What a great rush the chorus to "Yes/No" is, and how much I like singing along (rather badly) to the great pop of "Back To The Sea" and especially "Worry About It Later".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To be fair I don't have their first CD so buying this one was a bit of a punt. Having said that I paid less than £3 for this CD and still feel cheated. Read morePublished on 4 April 2007 by The man in black
I've had a copy of this CD lying around on my desk for the past few weeks. To be honest I took so long to get around to listening to it as I didn't think it would be very good,... Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2006 by Phil Ball
Hmmm, there's no doubt that most futureheads fans will love this album....this album is a lot more immediate than their first (alright, it may still need a few listens...). Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2006 by San
The Futureheads' self-titled first album was a cracker, exploding with energy, bursting with more ideas in those 15 songs than most bands manage in a career. Read morePublished on 2 July 2006 by Mr. Dominic L. Brown
I LOVE the Futureheads! The first album was a bizarre but brill LP, with short but extremely sweet rocking tunes. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2006 by Mr. S. M. Kelly
this is my favourite album of the year so far.
i remember the futureheads self titled debut album, i remember how great it was but then how i sort of 'fell out of love'... Read more