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  • Summary: This debut LP from the English band certainly recalls English bands from the early 80s, most notably XTC.

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Hounds of Love
When I was a child, running in the night, i was afraid of what might be Hiding in the dark and hiding on the street, and of what was following... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Alternative Press
    100
    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. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Wisely keeps things short, sharp and shocked. [19 Nov 2004, p.85]
  4. The Futureheads reclaim pop punk from the Warped Tour crowd -- and revive it in the process.
  5. 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.
  6. Under The Radar
    70
    As all sugar-highs go, this can leave you a bit lightheaded before it's over. [#8, p.109]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
  1. GarrisonS
    Jul 17, 2007
    10
    I have just been introduced to the future heads yesterday when i bought the itunes playlist "Alt-Rock Workout" which contained "Hounds of 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
  2. AshleyM
    Mar 9, 2005
    10
    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 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
  3. SalemE
    Sep 27, 2004
    10
    Think the Hives, if they by some sort of stroke of genius decided to incorporate the vocals of a barbershop quartet (with British accents). Think the Hives, if they by some sort of stroke of genius decided to incorporate the vocals of a barbershop quartet (with British accents). Yes, it's THAT cool. Tons of hooks, great melodies...these songs will be in your head all day long even after just one listen. Plus they've got one of the best lines to ever be sung: "You eat sh** cuz you're stupid and shallow." Do yourself a favor and get this CD...and while you're at it, go see them live. You won't be disappointed. Expand
  4. SteveD
    Oct 12, 2005
    10
    XTC for the 21st Century. Lots of angles, lots of bite and Hounds Of Love is a masterpiece.
  5. andyc
    Aug 14, 2004
    9
    great album, robot and carnival kids take best tracks prize,a brilliant debut album from young mackem band,upstarts and the toy dolls have great album, robot and carnival kids take best tracks prize,a brilliant debut album from young mackem band,upstarts and the toy dolls have another to join the sunderland hall of fame... Expand
  6. DeezerD
    Jun 15, 2006
    9
    Great album. It really grows on you too.
  7. DuncanS
    Feb 18, 2006
    1
    Seriously one of the worst, most annoying records I've ever heard. The a capella, the "harmonising", the tuneless "mod-ness". Its only 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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