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'This is Not the World'

Released on 26 May 2008 on Nul

Recent pop history is full of acts making successful comebacks after acrimonious splits with former labels - Pop Will Eat Itself and Julian Cope revitalised their careers, George Michael took 70's disco back to number one and Prince, well, he put kinky sex back into the lives of thousands of Mail on Sunday readers. But few comebacks have captured the hearts and ears in the way The Futureheads have this year. After poor sales of 'News and Tributes' in 2006 the band were unceremoniously dropped by 679 records (who, bizarrely, thought Plan B was worth keeping on). Undeterred, they formed their own label Nul, released this year's greatest single 'The Beginning of the Twist' and now follow it up with a contender for album of the year and the strongest of their career.

It pleases me to say that there isn't a weak track to be found here. Surrounding the singles ('Radio Heart' is released a week earlier) are a collation of the greatest moments of punk and recent indie. 'Work is Never Done' is the sound of The Jam on full throttle, 'Everything's Changing Today' and 'Sleet' are songs the Kaiser Chiefs were crying out for on their last album and 'Think Tonight' brings to mind The Clash if they'd been formed in the shadow of Roker Park instead of the Westway.

In fact, if their self-titled debut was their 'The Clash' and the flawed but occasionally special 'News and Tributes' was their 'Give 'em Enough Rope' then this fine specimen is their 'London Calling' - and I can give no higher praise than that.

Posted on 26 May 2008 by Richard Brown

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Dun NLI wrote:
Disappointed that "Crash" doesn't make an appearance on the album, but yeah - what the phrase "return to form" was invented for.
     Posted on 7 May 2008 at 23:16
Anonymous wrote:
*golf clap*


Yeah...real good stuff.
     Posted on 8 May 2008 at 18:13
lee spoons wrote:
yep, loving this album at the moment.
     Posted on 10 June 2008 at 18:21

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