News And Tributes - The Futureheads
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  • Summary: Ben Hillier produced the English band's sophomore set, which is a bit more varied in sound than their debut.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. What really makes News And Tributes impressive, despite lacking the immediacy of its predecessor, is that it captures the Futureheads comfortable in their own skin. [Aug 2006, p.218]
  2. Get past the more pedestrian fare like "Yes/No" and "Return of the Berserker," and the full scope of the Futureheads' ambition reveals itself, particularly in the poppiest track, "Skip To The End."
  3. Too often, though, as on the lacklustre title track 'Favours For Favours' or 'Thursday', it has to be said that the new beast just isn't as feisty as the one-trick pony of old.
  4. 60
    More Libertines than Franz Ferdinand, the Futureheads deftly move away from being pigeonholed and reward listeners with a complex album of pop gems. [Jun 2006, p.111]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. WillO
    Dec 25, 2006
    Classic album. Has everything you can ask for. Every song on here is just brilliant.
  2. Renee
    Jun 19, 2006
    It discourages me that an album this good is getting this kind of treatment while the new shite (read : most radio rock friendly) album by Sonic Youth is getting (almost united) rave reviews. Sickening really. Expand
  3. jimmyh
    Feb 8, 2007
    far superior to their first album. more depth in songwriting and music but still catchy pop music. it takes a few listens to get into it but then you cant stop listening. stayed on rotation for a few months. Expand
  4. AugustW
    Jun 13, 2006
    This album is definitley not as good as their first but still good.
  5. Konron
    Jun 20, 2006
    It's not as excellent as the first, but it certainly doesn't deserve the lukewarm reviews it's been getting. It certainly lacks the instant hit that "Hounds of Love" was with me, but I won't hold it against this overall good album. The Area EP is a nice bonus, though. Expand
  6. BenJ
    Jun 15, 2006
    I'm totally baffled by the cool reception this album has received by some magazines, especially from the likes of Mojo. This is a far stronger and more consistent album than their debut. Whilst that record had some amazing songs, as an album it hung together pretty badly. "News and Tributes" sounds more whole, and the highlights are plenty. This is a great album, well worth checking out. Expand
  7. ReubenF
    Dec 19, 2006
    All of a sudden, the likes of The Futureheads and Franz Ferdinand sound so so yesterday. The winds of indie fashion r fickle.

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