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Music Review: The Futureheads – The Chaos

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Once again, the Futureheads bring their high energy rock ‘n roll in their most recent release. The band doesn’t waste time in escalating whatever calm might be surrounding the listener with the title track, as vocalist Barry Hyde’s usual urgent singing carries the mood throughout. Granted, he does a lot of counting forward and backward from one to five, so if one’s little kids are at that stage in their life and enjoy rockin’ out, I guess this tune beats Sesame Street. “The Chaos” is a typical Futureheads song, but there are many such songs on this record as one finds out quickly enough.

“Heartbeat Song” doesn’t cool off any of the blazing speed that the Futureheads start out with, and in two and a half minutes, it quickly departs. Many of the songs actually don’t last much longer than three minutes, which is indicative of the musical style. “Stop the Noise” tones the vocals down a little bit, which breaks up the high pitch of Hyde’s initial three-song impact. If anything, it makes a small, yet noticeable difference in the flow of the record. By the way, at this point, one’s cheeks are getting a bit stretched.

The rest of the record has more of the same fiery blast of rock ‘n roll, which is great for Futureheads fans but can get a bit dull for those looking for something more interesting. “I Can Do That” is one of the better tunes on the record, because it doesn’t sound as if the band is in a hurry to squeeze in too much. The lyrics that tell of a youthful yearning to prove one is up to the task are just as motivational as the pace of the band.

“This Is The Life” and “The Baron” are a return to the earlier quick fix style of songs, which kindles any smidgen of flagging energy that may have inflicted the listener after the slightly more pensive “Sun Goes Down.” At the end of the record, the Futureheads opt to blaze out with “Jupiter,” but only after an uncharacteristic forty-five second a capella bit. By the way, as the next to last track of the record, the a capella moment was the only breathable pause the band had taken in thirty or so minutes. It acts like a brick wall for your ears!

As much as I like <i>The Chaos</i> as a whole, none of the songs really stand out as memorable. It is a record that is fantastic for an energy pick up without causing too much annoyance, and that alone is a good enough quality for a modern record. However, this album doesn’t really expand much of what the Futureheads have already proven they can do. I suppose if one has been waiting for the twin sibling of their first record, this is it.

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