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Future Islands release Singles, their debut album for 4AD. Despite the kind-of-just-a-little-bit-confusing title, it is not a collection of singles but is, in fact, a completely new full-length record for 2014. The Baltimore trio consists of enigmatic frontman Sam Herring, bassist/guitarist William Cashion and keyboardist/guitarist/programmer Gerrit Welmers. Herring's poetic tales of heartbreak, love and loss are finally up front and in high fidelity, thanks in part to a newfound creative partnership with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear).


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  • Audio CD (March 25, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B00HY8PXPI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,131 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Justin Pruitt on March 25, 2014
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I've been wait on you, Mr. Herring. After 2011's "On the Water" having been my 2nd favorite album of that year (only Bon Iver, Bon Iver could top it, even if very slightly so), I could not have been in a bigger anticipation for this album. I had recently been losing faith in my favorite bands, who all seemed to kind of be losing that special something that made me fall in love... bands like Okkervil River, Frightened Rabbit, Band of Horses and many others had been lacking with their latest releases, in my personal opinion, of course.

But man, does Future Islands nail it again on their fourth album. I could not be happier with this, as it skyrockets to the number one spot of this year, and where it probably will stay through to the end. Starting off with the glorious "Seasons (Waiting on you)" it's impossible not to do your own crappy version of Sam's unique dance on Letterman. From there on it is a festival of amazing tracks, doing justice to the title "Singles".

I won't be the one to say that Future Islands are the last band to not be overtaken by the indie cynicism and shallowness, because there are lots of bands out there who still believe that what they are doing has a higher meaning, but few have the skill and raw power that Future Islands do. Proof of that is their shows, which I unfortunately still haven't had the opportunity to attend, but any video recording will be able to show all the emotion as it pours out from the screen to your bedroom. Sam is one of the most unique performance artists in rock today and all that make their music special is accentuated by his freewheeling and almost spiritual stage performances, at times singing in a high raspy voice or in a deep growl as if possessed.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By intrnlmdnyc on March 26, 2014
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An incredible album. The songs are thoughtful, catchy, beautiful and emotive, and well-produced. There is a special chemistry about this band. Even though they are somewhat new (certainly new to the spotlight), their music comes to you fully formed, already great. Like an great band from the past that you've never actually listened to, and then finally get a chance to give your full attention and say, "this is why people love this band." You'll hear melodies you should have heard before but haven't yet. Samuel Herring has a great, gravelly, soulful voice; and he writes patient, thoughtful, direct lyrics. He has a lot of charisma and passion that will gain attention for his band's music. It has been a while since I've been so excited about a band that is just breaking through.

The album high point for me is "Back in the Tall Grass" - so good it sends chills down my spine, and a great vocal performance. Other highlights include the "Doves", a party jam with a dark streak, and "fall from grace", a fierce and beautiful attention grabber in the album's second half. And of course the now legendary album opener, "seasons."
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By eric johnson on April 4, 2014
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I would lose your virginity to this. It's that powerful. I feel like if I listened to it for more than an hour I could reproduce asexually.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Scherer on April 25, 2014
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This was the only album I listened to for a full two weeks after I got it, and I listened to it several times a day. Bringing Samuel Herrings vocals front and center was a great choice and this more polished and produced version of the band is very winning. As the album title suggests, any one of these tracks could be a single.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary on April 3, 2014
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Great album. Put the machine on repeat. Bonus poetry; it has a booklet with the lyrics so you can get the real words to these songs (internet sites have some weird guesses).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bradley P. Barnett on April 4, 2014
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future islands has always been a band that wears its heart on its sleeve. first worried that the move to 4ad might result in an over polished album but future islands proved me wrong with what i believe to be the strongest release to date. in the same way beach house's sound filled out after the addition of acoustic drums, the addition of a live drummer on this LP gives sam and the rest of the band the freedom to push the sound both sonically and emotionally to new levels. highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marco on May 28, 2014
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This album's been my go-to essential for over a month now. Every song is great, powerful hooks, amazing vocals, great band. I tried the album before this (On the Water) but haven't gotten into it quite as much. It's good but the hooks aren't as strong and I think they got the vocal volume better on this one. Right now this is my favorite 2014 album. We'll see if that changes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ray Gryder, II on March 31, 2014
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I don't have this offering or any others yet...just discovered them this morning through a story on NPR. I will delve more deeply for certain! Wow! I just ran through the samples of all 4 of their albums back to 2008 and it is so refreshing. Yes, it's 80's reprise, but with such heart and feeling. I hear so many influences! There's the obvious bass thrown forward in the mix sound of The Cure and at times I hear a Psychedelic Furs feel; Ocean Blue, Blur, OMD, but I suppose it made me think mostly of what Ian Curtis might have sounded like if he'd not taken his life and Joy Division morphed with him into New Order. As for the vocalist, he's honed his craft over time. He has a range of influences and styles. I hear that 80's New Wave voice that seems like a mix of Simon Lebon with a more mellow Robert Plant and I even heard a Tom Waits sound in there. This band is having fun...you can hear it!
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