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In Evening Air

Future Islands

In Evening Air

Second album of electronic pop from Baltimore. Maryland three-piece

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  1. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    Easily holds it's own against the year's other crossover alt-pop hits, Hot Chip's One Life Stand and Yeasayer's Odd Blood, without resorting to the knowing irony of the former or the trying-too-hard trickiness of the latter
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  2. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Joins the ranks of classic break-up records in its chronicling of past and lost love. Creatively, however, Future Islands looks ever onward, seeking out the post-wave without pretense
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  3. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A rough cut of rusting synthesis set between the sub-base shimmer of 808 kicks and neon chimes, as found on the superb, John Hughes-styled, 80s homage of Tin Man
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  4. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    The songs here are all blessed with a perfectly consistent tempo, invoking the melancholy joy present in all the best of early New Order
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  5. 8.0 |   State

    This is an album which deals with heartbreak and lost love with a difference, the contrast of Herrings dark poetic lyrics delivered in his distinctive style, set against the happy swirling pop punk soundtrack
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  6. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    Drawing from a few different traditions while making them their own, Future Islands prove here to be a well-versed group of wild, woolly storyteller
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  7. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    MGMT are good, but we want more. What’s an MGMT fan going to do in between listens to the new record? It may be mutton dressed as lamb, but Future Islands' debut is the answer
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  8. 6.5 |   Bowlegs

    Though much here will be forgotten soon after it has played out, the high octane attitude and graphic sound-waves mean there’s plenty on offer that’s worth revisiting
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  9. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    t comes as no surprise that they met in art school. There’s a conceptual edge to what Future Islands do – it’s just that step too far to be entirely earnest
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  10. 5.0 |   Blurt

    Will divert fans of early Roxy Music, Berlin-period David Bowie and any band that ever included Peter Hook. But only Wall of Voodoo fans are likely to be enchanted
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  11. 4.0 |   Uncut

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