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As Long As You Are

Future Islands

As Long As You Are

Sixth album from the Baltimore synthpop group fronted by Samuel T. Herring

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Burnished with all the hallmarks that have moulded the band into such a robust songwriting entity, As Long As You Are is a portrait of Herring and co at the top of their game - a collection of taught electro-pop numbers graced with poetic flair
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  2. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    This is a more concentrated, more potent collection than their first album, and a more consistent listen than their last, but doesn’t quite hit the highs of In Evening Air or On The Water – but then it never tries to
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  3. 8.5 |   Northern Transmissions

    It’s reductive to call this an 80s record. Future Islands uses the sonic palette associated with that time period, and Herring’s voice bears a similarity to singers from that era, but As Long As You Are has a contemporary, or perhaps even forward-looking, moderation, that reflects a mature band working with established tools, rather than a newer one playing with digital toys
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  4. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The rejuvenated sound of a band who finally found what they are looking for
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  5. 8.0 |   The FT

    The instrument sounds both haunting and hopeful on the US band’s sixth album
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Herring's poetic analysis of a recent break-up makes it all a compelling listen. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Those who have stuck with them beyond that sudden burst of fame will be rewarded with some of their best work
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  8. 8.0 |   The Observer

    A sixth album from the Baltimore synth-pop band finds their music as urgent and impassioned as ever
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  9. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Future Islands' sixth album, As Long As You Are, is more of the same -- deeply confessional synthpop -- and that's a beautiful thing
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  10. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The Baltimore indie greats serve up another moving and epic synth-pop endeavor
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  11. 8.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    An immensely enjoyable experience from start to finish that transcends differences of age and taste, whilst still remaining true to a core sound and touching on a number of deeply personal issues
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  12. 8.0 |   NME

    The indie heroes spin thrillingly off the tracks on a bruised sixth album that exudes the brilliance of their breakout 2014 song ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’
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  13. 7.9 |   Spectrum Culture

    In a lot of ways, this is the platonic ideal of what a Future Islands album should be
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  14. 7.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    Future Islands show they’ve no issue making up for lost time, and their sixth offering is more than a mere course correction; in a number of ways, it’s their most expressive record yet
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  15. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The Baltimore synthpop band traverse familiar territory on their sixth record
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  16. 7.0 |   The Music

    Designed to satisfy fans as well as win the hearts of a few new ones
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  17. 7.0 |   All Music

    It's worth checking out for the songs that work - the group certainly haven't lost their touch when it comes to uptempo gloomy synth pop - and the less successful moments aren't enough to sink the album entirely
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  18. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Their poetic angst has matured into something more subdued and dripping with acceptance. As Long as You Are feels, in a way, like the band coming home to itself
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  19. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Throughout these 11 songs, there’s a conflict between whether the characters are ready to move on or are fighting to go back to how it was. It’s not hard to apply the same logic to Future Islands as a band, who manage to hold themselves back to produce one of their most consistent, but least compelling records
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  20. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    For hardcore fans, it will likely be enough to know that Herring and co. are in a better state of mind, but more casual listeners may be looking for a little bit more adventure
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  21. 6.1 |   Pitchfork

    The Baltimore band goes back to the well for another record of languorous, heart-on-the-sleeve synth-pop that hits all its marks but smacks of diminishing returns
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  22. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Despite no huge leaps forward sonically, there are some fantastic scenes set to song. Print edition only

  23. 6.0 |   DIY

    A solid effort that would fare better with a little more exploration
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  24. 6.0 |   Clash

    A work of subtle evolution
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