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The Futureheads - Heartbeat Song

by Rich Morris Rating:3 Release Date:2010-04-12

One of the funny things about pop in the noughties was how quickly so much promise was so easily squandered. Take the whole swathe of bands which emerged during the years 2001-2005 with a revamped take on late-70s/early-80s post-punk. At the time, it didn't just feel fresh and exciting, it felt like a vindication for those of us who'd suffered through the arse-end of Britpop and the namby-pamby careerists who clogged up the close of the 90s, quietly clutching our Joy Division records to our bosoms and believing something better was round the corner.

But, oh! How the righteous fell. 'Heartbeat Song' by The Futureheads sounds exactly like XTC bashing through a cover of 'My Sharona' by The Knack in 1979 and is approximately their 40,000th single to do so. It's so pedestrian that describing it as 'pedestrian' actually makes it sound a little bit more exotic than it actually is. It's the aural equivalent of a Sunday afternoon trip round your local ASDA monster-mart. It's so completely devoid of anything approaching tension, wit or vigor that it wouldn't even make the cut for the soundtrack of the next series of Two Pints of Larger and a Packet of Crisps. It's just dull, depressingly dull.

Richard Morris

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