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  • Summary: This debut LP from the English band certainly recalls English bands from the early 80s, most notably XTC.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Stop pretending that Morrissey is still relevant, that the Libertines are actually good and that you understand Radiohead. The Futureheads will give you everything you need, if you just let them. [Dec 2004, p.144]
  2. Phenomenal, with nary a bum track.
  3. There's that Ramones sense that songs should be short like life, and that XTC sense that songs should be complicated like life.
  4. Think Polyrock or Chairs Missing-era Wire in terms of the stripped-down elementalism of the instrumentation, but think Ikara Colt in terms of delivery.
  5. 80
    Explores the previously uncharted territory where shouty alt.rock meets a cappella vocals and skinny-tied new-wave melody. [Nov 2004, p.99]
  6. An exuberant debut. [Aug 2004, p.110]
  7. 70
    The proceedings get a little bit samey, but the band's fearless optimism and knack for a bookish groove are hard to deny. [Dec 2004, p.140]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. TimN
    Jul 30, 2004
    This album is stunning. It?s short, spikey and to the point. Old enough to know better? Not 'arf.
  2. GarrisonS
    Jul 17, 2007
    I have just been introduced to the future heads yesterday when i bought the itunes playlist "Alt-Rock Workout" which contained "Hounds of Love". It is the only futureheads song i have heard yet, but i am very eager to hear more. The song is very catchy, and the Oh-oh oh gets stuck in your head. I definitely recommend it. Expand
  3. Kev118
    Oct 4, 2004
    Quite simply the greatest thing to come out of sunderland of all time, apart from me, obviously.
  4. AshleyM
    Mar 9, 2005
    What an amazing album this is. It far surpasses the post-punk needling of other groups like The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, the Strokes, The Sounds, and all of those other Johnny Come Lately post-post punk Wire enthusiasts I'd say the sound they have captured is between The Fall and Fugazi, but completely devoid of pretense or politics. Its a very fun album, which is always welcome in my disc player. Expand
  5. SteveD
    Oct 12, 2005
    XTC for the 21st Century. Lots of angles, lots of bite and Hounds Of Love is a masterpiece.
  6. DrBradP
    Nov 3, 2004
    great thing to come out fo sunderland, simple amazin. that Kev118 dude i'm the best thing to come out of Sunderland. and i'll be comin out you! through the trees and you will be to far u under water that you'll be dead, but in the future we all die. LIKE PET! Expand
  7. DuncanS
    Feb 18, 2006
    Seriously one of the worst, most annoying records I've ever heard. The a capella, the "harmonising", the tuneless "mod-ness". Its only saving grace is the occasional decent lyric. Expand

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