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News And Tributes (Standard CD)

News And Tributes (Standard CD)

17 May 2006
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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By For Tomorrow 24 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 July 2016
Format: Audio CD
Personally, I really enjoyed Sunderland formed The Futureheads' self-titled 2005 debut album, but it's follow-up which came a year later, was much superior. There is a lot more variety on 'News and Tributes', and the boys' song writing skills had quickly become stronger, but the band remained true to their distinctively British, post-punk routes, and the guitar-driven songs on here still have plenty of attitude.

Things open up with the fiery 'Yes/No', and the second track 'Cope' continues in the same vein. 'Back to the Sea' is my personal standout track, and very beautiful, along with the anthem-like 'Burnt', with it's soulful lyrics. All of the songs are very upbeat and easy to sing-along to, but there is also something of a rarity for The Futureheads, a track which might be considered to be a ballad, 'Thursday', which is another high point.

Unfortunately, The Futureheads appear to be most famous for their earlier debut of Kate Bush's 'Hounds of Love', which they updated quite brilliantly for the indie-rock scenesters generation, but it was far from their only high moment, as 'News and Tributes' testifies. If you want to hear more from these men besides the odd inclusion on an indie anthems compilation (which will be, almost without question, 'Hounds of Love'), buy this album to get a much wider picture of them.
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When the Futureheads first came to national attention in 2004, they were leaders of the 'angular/post-punk' wave of bands, producing an album full of catchy, well crafted songs with clever lyrics and unusual structures. They were good.

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.
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`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.
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This album typifies the Futureheads and from the first track to the last it shows the cutting edge of their first album along with the maturity of a bands second.

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!
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