The Futureheads Review

artist: futureheads date: 06/01/2005 category: compact discs
futureheads: The Futureheads
Released: Sep 7, 2004
Genre: Rock
Styles: Indie Rock
Number Of Tracks: 15
While a little more depth in their songwriting would make them unstoppable, the Futureheads' first full-length is an undeniably exciting debut that just gets better with repeated listens.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 8
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overall: 8.7
The Futureheads Reviewed by: indie_libertine, on june 01, 2005
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Sound: Scratchy guitars and barre chords are extensive throughout and this is not an album for the lover of lead guitar work. However, I barely noticed the absence of solos and the like as these are catchy, garage rock riffs and it wouldn't suit them anyway. The music itself is in fitting with the current english rock movement and the band already have a huge following. They have a speciality in vocal harmonies, using background ooohhs and aaahhs to hook the listener and make them want to join in. I couldn't listen to this album over and over again but it is masterfull in the way it stops before it pushes its luck. This is a cleverly produced, catchy and scratchy english rock record. // 8

Lyrics: The way the lyrics fits in with the music and the way every syllable complements the overall feel of the songs is excellent. Though the album could have done with a lyrics booklet, it does not suffer too much as the lyrics are easy to make out and are skilfully sung in the best northen accent I have ever heard as to make sure they are audible over the guitars, another sign of good production. The best feature of the singing is easily the background harmonies from the bassist and guitarist, which are becoming as much of a trademark of The Futureheads as their scratchy riffs are. // 10

Overall Impression: The most impressive song from this album without a doubt is Hounds Of Love, a catchy pop cover which is fast becoming an anthem for the indie community of England. However, my only grip with this album is that every song is to similar to the before it; a winning formula no doubt but slightly annoying, especially after you've spent hard earned moola on this album. Still, an impressive debut which garuntees The Futureheads fame enough to be watched closely. // 8

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