11 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Future Islands’ take on synth-stained New Wave becomes a deeply spiritual exercise in the hands of frontman Samuel T. Herring, whose effortlessly soaring tenor laces the band’s music with an unrestrained performative gusto. The New Order-esque bass surges on "Before the Bridge" amplify Herring’s ruminations on the fragility of love, while Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner turns the crystalline "The Great Fire" into a wounded power duet. As the fleet beats of “Balance” demonstrate, though, sometimes the best cure for heartbreak is simply dancing the night away.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Future Islands’ take on synth-stained New Wave becomes a deeply spiritual exercise in the hands of frontman Samuel T. Herring, whose effortlessly soaring tenor laces the band’s music with an unrestrained performative gusto. The New Order-esque bass surges on "Before the Bridge" amplify Herring’s ruminations on the fragility of love, while Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner turns the crystalline "The Great Fire" into a wounded power duet. As the fleet beats of “Balance” demonstrate, though, sometimes the best cure for heartbreak is simply dancing the night away.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
133 Ratings

133 Ratings

Britneythugs ,

You will be floored...

All of future Islands albums are completely enthralling. Samuel T. Herring’s voice is the most honest, strong, and futuristic voices out there in music today. The lyrics are rich with heartbreak; seemingly clear and present at first listen, the words linger in your ear for days calling up past memories in your own brain. Before the Bridge will have you stuffing your iPod in your bra and dancing on your feet until you almost break the floor.

I HIGHLY suggest also getting the Undressed album as it displays how versatile and complex the band really is.

Charlie.Burns ,

Best new band of the last 5+ years.

Period.

Innmarta ,

Great album

Wonderful!!!

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