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Future Politics

Austra

Future Politics

Third album of synthpop from Toronto's Katie Stelmanis and Maya Postepski

ADM rating[?]

7.0

Label
Domino
UK Release date
20/01/2017
US Release date
20/01/2017
  1. 8.5 |   The 405

    In the end, Future Politics is a call for reaction. You’re supposed to feel, to fight, to question, to contradict, to be active and to open yourself to a world of endless possibilities
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  2. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Future Politics is political, danceable, dark, shimmering and hopeful. Not a combination easily achievable, but Austra have never been a normal band
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  3. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Future Politics is another impressive step in the evolution of Austra: while the band’s second album was a move towards shiny, commercial pop, the follow up sees a more sparse, fragile collection of songs
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  4. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Although it's an intertextual and oftentimes challenging listen, Future Politics is also a compelling call to action to collectively conceive of the future and its manifold possibilities
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    An album to help you rebuild your faith in humanity
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  6. 8.0 |   The FT

    In “Utopia”, the classically trained Stelmanis sets her soprano at the higher end of its register, tones fluting amid vibrant dance-pop, a token of utopian optimism
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  7. 8.0 |   Q

    Cold, hard, and anything but comfortable. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Her voice – soaring, delicate – brings vulnerability and heat to this vision of a post-human world
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  9. 7.8 |   Gig Soup

    The chilled, trance-like ‘I’m A Monster’ showcases Stelmanis’ stunning operatic vocals at their finest
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  10. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Optimistic and propulsive
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  11. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    Music to be escaped into, whether on dance floors or alone somewhere, filled with a little less despair
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  12. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    For a dystopian album, Future Politics is incredibly soothing
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  13. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    An edifying and intriguing listen
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  14. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Another record that provides ample room for the elaborate unfurling of Stelmanis’ talents as a vocalist, her altitudinous range the billowing banner of a call to arms
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  15. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Another fine electro-pop record that continues to show they’re evolving as an outfit
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  16. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    Musically, the scope is grand and sweeping, a natural evolution from 2013's already dynamic Olympia
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  17. 6.0 |   Uncut

    The emotional spark never quite catches. Print edition only

  18. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Takes myriad forms. Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    At least the title track broaches the idea of a catchy tune
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  20. 6.0 |   State

    Future Politics is a competent exercise in synth-pop but not one that displays any character
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  21. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Surprisingly underwhelming
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  22. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Theatrical pop for alienated people
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  23. 6.0 |   Clash

    An artist with such musical talents is always going to make an impression, but with ‘Future Politics’ the manner in which things have been presented has let the final product down
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  24. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    An eerie drip of supernaturalism tangled within the science fiction
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  25. 5.8 |   Earbuddy

    Future Politics means well and sounds great but only leaves an ephemeral memory instead of one that leaves you singing Belinda Carlisle
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