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Futureheads

FutureheadsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 26, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • ASIN: B00049QKDI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Le Garage
2. Robot
3. A to B
4. Decent Days and Nights
5. Meantime
6. Almsa
7. Danger of the Water
8. Carnival Kids
9. City is Here For You To Use, The
10. First Day
11. He Knows
12. Stupid and Shallow
13. Trying Not to Think About Time
14. Hounds of Love
15. Man Ray

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Like compatriots Franz Ferdinand , the Futureheads play a dazzling power pop that’s impossible to sit still to. This British quartet’s rambunctious long-playing debut showcases choice art school tastes ca. 2004: Their sound’s strongly influenced by the herky-jerky pop of early XTC, the album was produced by the Gang of Four’s Andy Gill, one of the songs is called "Man Ray" (dada and surrealism are perennial hits with undergrads), while one of the best tunes is a well-placed cover of Kate Bush’s "Hounds of Love." These retro ingredients would result in trendy mush in most hands, but the ’heads’ songs are strange, melodic and almost as original as the artists they brazenly borrow from. With intricately woven vocal harmonies that almost recall jubilee-era gospel (really), excellently sparse production, and a sproing-oing guitar sound that’s to die for, the Futureheads’ snappy songs are not likely to go stale as quickly as your electroclash favorites did. --Mike McGonigal

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The Futureheads hail from Sunderland and take their influence from Devo, Queen, Fugazi and Kate Bush. Their debut, self-titled album is a pop masterpiece with a difference. Yes the tunes are catchy and bright but they possess a nagging intensity and off-kilter rhythm that puts them more on a par with the work of Talking Heads than the polished dross that infects the chart at every turn.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I-have-no-mind March 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
In the music scene today, there may be no band that sounds like it's having more fun than the Futureheads. Their bouncy dancepunk tunes are catchy, gritty-edged, danceable -- and above all, the guys sound like they're having a absolutely glorious time.

A pal of mine went to a Futureheads concert and confided that the crowd didn't move at all. That's hard to imagine -- after a mild buildup of vocal harmonies and guitar riffs, the catchiness kicks in with the rapid-fire percussion. "And I won't say what if it's true/Le garage (le garage-RAGE!)" the guys shout in the opener.

Things don't die down after that, from the Devo-esque "Robot" to the heavy-guitar, dadaesque "Man Ray." Not that everything is all the same -- the Futureheads are one of the few rock bands who don't rely on the same riffs and beats to achieve catchiness. They manage different kinds of catchiness -- herky-jerky, relentless, fragmented and poppy.

The only exception is "Danger of the Water," a song that is almost a capella, with Barry Hynde solemnly singing, as his bandmates chant "do do, do do" in the background. Okay, there's a tiny keyboard melody, but it's almost indiscernable -- and it's surprisingly entrancing when the song builds up to a tense climax ("Danger... water/Danger... water!"), followed by a yell from Hynde. Only imagine what happens next.

Despite comparisons to Franz Ferdinand, the Futureheads smack more of Devo-and-XTX-meets-the-Ramones. The jangly guitars, solid drums and bass are all wonderfully assured, but the vocal harmonies are the really good stuff. Hynde does most of the singing, but the other guys weave in and out without a single sonic burp.

Sure, it's not perfect. But the energy and fun of the Futureheads' debut can't be denied. A solid, fun, catchy dancepunk album.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Punk November 21, 2004
By WrtnWrd
Format:Audio CD
The thrill of a formalist genre like punk is how malleable it can be. Since the 70's, each generation has offered up its share of inspirational artists: Sex Pistols, Ramones, Buzzcocks, The Clash, Gang of 4, Fugazi, Nirvana, Green Day. The new millennium gives us The Futureheads, a U.K. quartet whose powerful debut adds call-and-response harmonies to the buzzsaw thrash of prime hardcore. Since they aren't borne of the dole, The Futureheads offer more observational tales than rallies against the miserable state of the world. There's even a subtle optimism to tracks like "Decent Days and Night", "The City Is Here for You to Use", and "A to B". Best of all is their inspired remake of Kate Bush's "Hounds of Love", where her florid romanticism is kept in check by vocalist/guitarist Barry Hyde's desperate run to take his "shoes off and throw them in the lake", while his bandmates answer him with "uh oh oh's" for the ages.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I know what's good for me April 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This CD. It's fantastic. These guys make music that is exactly what I want to hear. It's wild, offbeat, rambunctious. When I first listened to it, I couldn't stand it. And that's usually the best sign for me. If I like it immediately, I don't trust it. I didn't like this CD at all immediately, in fact, I felt like it was stifled somehow. Hazy. Muddled. Loud and distracting for no reason. And the songs seemed disconnected and all the same. So I gave it a break. Then I listened to it again. I was shocked at how catchy and clear it was. Each song suddenly took on a life of its own. Especially "Hounds of Love" which I didn't even know was a cover at the time. I've listened to it dozens of times since, and it's easily one of my all-time favorites. Classic. If more music like this is coming out of England, sign me up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Check these guys out! November 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I know many may want to lump these guys into the current group of suspects of late 70's/80's post punk (Franz Ferdinand, Killers, Interpol, etc.) but I believe they stand apart. The influences I hear are XTC,The Jam, Gang of Four, Ramones, maybe a bit of the Psychedelic Furs. Though they have elements of these bands, they add thundering back beat drums(heavy kick drum), Ramones-like hi-hat timing and catchy hooks to the mix. I enjoyed all the tracks. I would recommend this CD to anyone who likes late 70's/80's catchy post-punk and anyone who is a fan of the above-mentioned bands.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
What was the last reviewing thinking? This is by far one of the freshest, most consistent, razor-sharp rock CDs in recent memory, certainly one of the best debuts of the year - imagine early JAM pyrotechnics, Gang of Four stop/start rhythms, and XTC wordplay/wit, and you've got the Futureheads - nice artwork, too - why aren't these guys on MTV...yet?! Too bad MTV doesn't play music videos anymore, leave that to Fuse I guess. At any rate, pick this up now - track for track, not a bad song in the bunch, PLUS an awesome cover of Kate Bush's Hounds of Love - good taste, less filling!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to resist (4.5 Stars) October 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Even from the very start of the poppy vocal introduction, this album is insanely catchy. After the first spin, there's no going back. The new new-wave thrash and vocals immediately following the dreamy introduction attack with such a force that it would simply be impossible to not get revved up. From opener "Le Garage" the album goes to "Robot," the quirkiest and catchiest of love songs. Then "A to B," a song about absolutely nothing at all. Is that a problem? No because it is one of the best examples of a shameless and wonderful repetition of a hook. Every song on this 15 track disc is positively full of a wonderful punk energy that was in dire need of reviving. And to top it off, the album closes even stronger than it opens, something that needs to happen a lot more in the world of pop music. The stunning "Hounds of Love" and "Man Ray" are the perfect way to close up such an energetic release. One of the most fun CDs to come out of anywhere in a while, The Futureheads is a must buy if you want to be moved by music again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Angular, Edgy Retro-Pop
As a big fan of both the Jam's early work and XTC's entire catalog, I listened to the opening notes of THE FUTUREHEADS and knew exactly where they were coming from. Read more
Published on July 30, 2006 by Bart King
4.0 out of 5 stars Joyful and energetic, this is POP!
I wouldn't call the Futureheads punk, rather like one of their biggest influences XTC (that's early XTC, pre pre Skylarking) once said "this is POP. Read more
Published on March 20, 2006 by Chet Fakir
4.0 out of 5 stars The best thing is...
In the music scene today, there may be no band that sounds like it's having more fun than the Futureheads. Read more
Published on January 22, 2006 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Good post-punk, but far from classic - genre fans will be satisfied
The Futureheads are a good and unique-sounding British post-punk group, but I would definitely not put this album up with the likes of Gang Of Four's "Entertainment! Read more
Published on January 13, 2006 by C. Cross
3.0 out of 5 stars The Futureheads induce the scratching heads
I have no idea how I came across this self-titled album from the Futureheads. At any rate, people seem to have different inferences on the band's vibe; to me, they sound like a... Read more
Published on December 31, 2005 by Anthony Rupert
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP LADS FROM ME HOME TOWN
THE FUTUREHEADS ARE PART OF A WHOLE WAVE OF BANDS FROM THE NORTH EAST OF ENGLAND,THIS LOT BEING FROM SUNDERLAND,ME HOME TOWN. Read more
Published on October 9, 2005 by Mr. S. Spoors
5.0 out of 5 stars I Like It When You're Stupid And Shallow.
It seems to me that The Futureheads are actually descendants of The Ramones more than XTC. Their non-stop, thumping debut certainly has a Ramones-like quality to it. Read more
Published on August 25, 2005 by Jason Stein
4.0 out of 5 stars Early XTC remixed but memorable
The first time I listened to this I was wondering why so many people had reviewed it so highly. Jangling noisy punk with no clear direction or meaning. Read more
Published on August 24, 2005 by Carol Denehy
4.0 out of 5 stars The Future Looks Bright
Let's admit it, the poppy new wave britsh invasion of groups like Bloc Party, The Arcade Fire, and Athlete is not original. Read more
Published on July 29, 2005 by Stephanie Travitsky
4.0 out of 5 stars Too cool for art school
Can't really agree that this is just some art school band. These gentleman have some serious creativity and taletn for song writing. Read more
Published on July 25, 2005 by E. Ulland
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