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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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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.

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!

What can I say?!?!?!?!?!

This album is phenomenal! I heard from a friend that it would take me a little while to get into it...NOT TRUE! I was instantly hooked! Definitely check out "Decent Days and Nights," "Danger Water," and (of course) "Man Ray." This is one of the best albums I own!


Formed: 2000 in Sunderland, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Taking the best of post-punk, new wave, and pop as inspiration, Sunderland's Futureheads were among the best of the U.K.'s "angular" movement, which also included Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party. The band began as a trio of vocalist/guitarist Barry Hyde, bassist Jaff, and drummer Pete Brewis. Hyde and Brewis were tutors at a lottery-funded organization called the Sunderland City Detached Youth Project, which aimed to get kids off the street by having them play music instead. The band -- whose members...
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