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Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2019
I first came across The Futureheads in 2005, about the time their debut album was released. I've been a fan since that time. I was disappointed when they went on hiatus after 2012's "Rave!" album. Now, seven years later, they look to reclaim their post-punk revival crown.
Yet, "Powers" doesn't quite match the band's earlier works. The sound on "Powers" is very much in the vein of their first three albums, but for some reason the songs aren't as memorable. There's a few clunkers here like "Across the Border" and "07:04", but the rest is sort of average. It was hard to select any songs that I felt stood out to me, but "Jekyll", "Good Night Out", "Electric Shock", "Headcase" and "Mortals" seemed to me to be the best of the best here. I guess I was hoping for more. I still like The Futureheads and intend to continue buying their music. They are a good band that, with more thought and production, could be a great band. They have always felt on the cusp of stardom to me, and maybe they want it that way.
Here's how "Powers" compares to The Futureheads other works:
2004 The Futureheads: Three and a Half Stars 2006 News & Tributes: Three Stars 2008 This Is Not The World: Four Stars 2010 The Chaos: Two and a Half Stars 2012 Rant: Four Stars 2019 Powers: Three Stars