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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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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