15 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With the majority of the 15 songs on its self-titled album barely grazing the two-and-a-half-minute mark, The Futureheads nimbly pack huge, spastic punches into each. The post-punk quartet's angular guitars and percolating drums propel each tune breathlessly into the next, while somehow adding agile time change twists and lots of polished flourishes. What's most impressive, however, is its handling of vocals - with all of its members providing playful echoes, call and responses, and new millennium-styled round robins - that volley infectiously throughout each song. Its melody-driven vocal layering sparkles on the exuberant "Decent Days And Nights" and "Man Ray," while "Danger Of The Water" slowly unfolds in a cappella. Covering Kate Bush's "Hounds Of Love" points out the band's only shortcoming, and that is its own lyrical subject matter can often be as breezy as the group's song lengths. All in all, the Futureheads's debut is wholly addictive and thrillingly fun.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With the majority of the 15 songs on its self-titled album barely grazing the two-and-a-half-minute mark, The Futureheads nimbly pack huge, spastic punches into each. The post-punk quartet's angular guitars and percolating drums propel each tune breathlessly into the next, while somehow adding agile time change twists and lots of polished flourishes. What's most impressive, however, is its handling of vocals - with all of its members providing playful echoes, call and responses, and new millennium-styled round robins - that volley infectiously throughout each song. Its melody-driven vocal layering sparkles on the exuberant "Decent Days And Nights" and "Man Ray," while "Danger Of The Water" slowly unfolds in a cappella. Covering Kate Bush's "Hounds Of Love" points out the band's only shortcoming, and that is its own lyrical subject matter can often be as breezy as the group's song lengths. All in all, the Futureheads's debut is wholly addictive and thrillingly fun.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

fferdinand3 ,

The Futureheads = extremely catchy

I heard my first Futureheads song accidentally, and I immediately was hooked. When I finally bought the entire debut album, I found out that nearly every track (if not every track) is injected with the same infectiousness, foot-tapping spazziness (if that's a word) and changes in tempo and style, all within two and a half minutes per song. The one shortcoming is, of course, a lack of lyrical depth. But if you're in the mood for fast fun and new wave-ish kicks, perhaps at the expense of complex lyricism, then go ahead! You'll be more than happy with your purchase!

Eggplant ,

Uniquely Awesome

The Futureheads have constructed an album that is worth listening to over and over again. Each song is perfectly constructed in its own uniqueness of post-punk angular guitars as well as echoes, harmonies, and choruses sung by each and every band member. All the songs are not overtly complicated, but each posess their own details that make them fun to listen to. The cover of Kate Bush's "Hounds of Love" is great, not because it follows the original exactly, but because the band has instilled their own sound into another artist's song so well. The album's beauty is in its simplicity as well as its quality of lyrics and instrumentals. Don't miss this great catch.

Coz ,

This is the future of rock!

As more and more rock bands have been coming out there are not many true rock and roll bands out there anymore. The Futureheads restore hope with this wonderful album. At first I thought this band was just "OK" but then as I listened to the album more and more I began to love it more and more. Their music is very emotional, well written, and in-depth. My favorite song is "Hounds of Love". Buy this album! - Coz

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