14 December 2012
The Futureheads - The Chaos
A local band for me, they come from Sunderland which is just a few miles down the road. This was their fourth album, and came out in 2010. When these guys first appeared int the UK, it was around the same time as Maximo Park and the Kaiser Chiefs - bands with heavy accents from their local regions. One band from Newcastle did a cheeky tribute to this genre called "Singing In A Accent". I still wish that I owned that song.
Bouncing along like a little red ball of indie sensibility, this album does not really have much in the way of changing rhythm. From the opening title track, past "I Can Do That", and onwards towards the end track of "Jupiter" which starts slow to confuse you, then it has that pounding drum and you know your going to bounce again. With the possible exception of "Sun Goes Down" there is not relenting of the pace of this work.
In terms of how the progression of their work, it is not 100 miles away from where they started. Lovely harmonies, fuzzy guitars and well executed little breaks in the songs so people can pause mid-pogo. This album does have a few more punk moments that earlier material and in general is a good record. But the lack of variety does make some of the tracks merge into one, the only way I know a track had changed was by checking the number on the CD player. Also, I wish a bit more of their energy they have when they play live would come across on record. It just does not seem to be there, even if it is a indie red ball.
It is not a bad record by any means, shape or form. It is just not an essential record either. It will keep their fans happy, but will not convert those who want a bit more from them to fully embrace them, which is a shame as this band do work on many levels. I just hope they get know for more than that Kate Bush cover they did on their first album.
6 out of ten - Now I see where you were going, but not quite there
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