Future Islands-Wave Like Home (2008)

My Rating: 67% (C+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 67% (C+)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Pangea
  2. Old Friend
  3. Flicker and Flutter
  4. Escape Artist
  5. Seize A Shark
  6. Heart Grows Old
  7. Beach Foam
  8. Wave Like Home
  9. Little Dreamer

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Diggin’ deep for Future Islands tunes to listen to.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s real weird, reminds me of something from the movie House. I like it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not this one.

Final Thoughts:

Future Islands first album isn’t amazing, but it’s not something that they should be embarrassed about either. The album has a couple really catchy songs and you can totally see how their later sound evolved, but even for a first album, it’s pretty original and experimental. I guess Harris learns how to use his voice in a more diverse way in the later albums, and some of the bands instrumentals just get much more crisper as they aged. Wave Like Home isn’t even close to my favourite albums from Future Islands, but it’s their first, and it’s a really solid effort. I won’t be buying it on vinyl anytime soon, nor will I sit through the whole thing either, but it had a couple solid tracks and is impressive for a first album.

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Father John Misty-Fear Fun (2012)

My Rating: 71% (C++)

Pitchfork Rating: 73

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 83

Average Rating: 76%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Funtimes in Babylon
  2. Nancy From Now On
  3. Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
  4. I’m Writing a Novel
  5. O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me
  6. Misty’s Nightmares 1 & 2
  7. Only Son of the Ladiesman
  8. This Is Sally Hatchet
  9. Well, You Can Do It Without Me
  10. Now I’m Learning to Love the War
  11. Tee Pees 1-12
  12. Everyman Needs a Companion

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting a laid back album to turn your brain off to.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s incredible, best part of this album.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Just want it for the cover, but no I won’t actually own it.

Final Thoughts:

Father John Misty’s been on a mental block for me for some time now. Mostly it’s one of those things where a ton of my friends wouldn’t shut up about it and I got weird and stubborn and just didn’t listen to him. I’d be lying if I didn’t find it a little over-hyped, I mean there are a few good tracks on this album, but was it something completely unique that caught me off guard? Not really. While he shines on a few tracks I can’t see myself going out of my way to listen to another one of his album (unless my friends get oddly aggressive and force me to).

Fu-Schnickens-F.U. Don’t Take It Personal (1992)

My Rating: 75% (B-)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 75%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. True Fuschnick
  2. Movie Scene
  3. Ring The Alarm
  4. Back Off
  5. Heavenly Father
  6. La Schmoove
  7. Props
  8. Generals
  9. Check it Out
  10. Bebo

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for an old school hip-hop album that’s a lot of fun.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

So typically 90’s rap, it’s hilarious.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No, shuffle is fine for these guys.

Final Thoughts:

F.U. Don’t Take It Personal is the most fun I’ve had with an album in a long time, it’s truly a lost gem of the old school Hip-Hop movement. They’re incredibly fast rappers and instead of falling for the filler word style that was popular at the time (ex. iggity, miggity, and so forth) they actually stick to saying real words. Hilarious lyrics. Classic break beats. It’s a lot of fun.

Future Islands-The Far Field (2017)

My Rating: 91% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: 76%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 77%

Average Rating: 78.5%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Aladdin
  2. Time On Her Side
  3. Ran
  4. Beauty of the Road
  5. Cave
  6. Through The Roses
  7. North Star
  8. Ancient Water
  9. Candles
  10. Day Glow Fire
  11. Shadows
  12. Black Rose

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

You’re feeling a little more funky than Postal Service, but not as funky as James Brown.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It follows their bands persona really well, it’s really beautiful looking and original.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Oh you know I do, son.

Final Thoughts:

Future Islands continues to release amazing albums, this is my favourite of 2017 thus far (we’ll see if that changes). Samuel T. Herring’s vocals keep me wanting more and the funky instrumentals are a delicious treat.

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