This Is Not The World - The Futureheads
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  • Summary: The English rock quartet releases its third album on its own label, Nul Records.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
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  1. The Futureheads have defeated the machine at its own game and made a record that’s every bit as vibrant and vital as their 2004 debut.
  2. The Futureheads are the Futureheads on their third full-length, This Is Not the World--rhythmically anxious, melodically electrifying, and almost mechanically precise.
  3. The Futureheads have found their way back by making their most emphatic statement yet. [June 2008, p.144]
  4. Their sound is as big and manic as it’s always been, and the melodies as infectious, but the content slinks away from even the prickly personal politics that populated their first singles.
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    This Is Not The World isn't quite the breathless playground once populated by robots and carnival kids, but 'Think Tonight' possesses a fist-pumping riff that's one piano short of an Andrew W.K. song. [July 2008, p.96]
  6. 'Think Tonight' is only one of several strong numbers on This is Not the World. In fact, it’s easy to imagine the Futureheads as just a classic tune or two away from breakthrough status.
  7. Since the Futureheads are a talented bunch of lads (who will hopefully live to fight again), some nuances do manage to leak through.... Sadly, the rest of the record tends to blur together, an unmemorable mass of whoo-alright.

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  1. tc
    Jun 4, 2008
    Some reviews mention they have become more mainstream and pop-like on this record. Have they? I think its a strong edgy guitar record and has a lot more energy than their previous effort. Recommended Expand
  2. TimF
    Jun 3, 2008
    Mildly dissappointing when compared to their debut but still fun and poppy enough to become obsessed with. overall at least worth a few listens.
  3. OrlandoFlowers
    Jun 3, 2008
    Highly Recommended!, this album is just as vibrant, fast, and with a sense of urgence, near as good as their 2004 debut. It's mechanical melodies are pretty effective, and I detect even a Paddingtons influence on some tracks. Pretty good. Expand