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.