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Potent and irresistable brit-rock at its very best!,
This review is from: News And Tributes (Standard Cd) (Audio CD)
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. Innovative vocal layering, machinegun drums, punchy and focused rhythm guitar and powerful, relentless basslines - superb. But actually much too disjointed and chaotic to be a really classic album. I wondered at the time whether they had it in them to produce an album worthy of their superb technique and invention. THIS IS THAT ALBUM.
There are a couple of duds here without doubt - The first track "Yes/No" is an poor opener, promising little. And "Thursday" is a fairly flat affair. But the band still know how to rock, and the amazingly catchy hooks are still here in abundance. UK single release "Skip to the End" is a superb hard-driving rhythm workout, and I was utterly unable to stop myself from jumping about from bar 1.
If their influences are still a little too obvious at times, this is nevertheless a departure from much of what british music is about right now. Certainly there is more on offer here than in any album released by the Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand or any of the other, bigger, "better" UK bands.
The Futureheads deserve to be MUCH better known, and this album may be the one that shows what they are really capable of. Superb and highly recommended!