What makes In Evening Air a great break-up album is the same thing that makes Teen Dream (2010) a great break-up album: it's not exactly that the lyrics espouse these profound, poetic truths about relationships so much as they use sonic patterns and pretty mundane language to create a sad and disorienting sense of something very familiar disappearing.
In creating a work which pretty much unfailingly sounds like it could have been made 25 years ago, Future Islands have rejected a lot of current sonic trends--only for their sound to land fashionable-side-up anyway. The tunes are the thing, of course, and the tunes are good.
Positive: 1 out of 1
Mixed: 0 out of 1
Negative: 0 out of 1
May 30, 2013I still remember the first time I heard "Tin Man." I didn't know what to think of the grizzly-bear-inspired voice or the wind-chime backdropI still remember the first time I heard "Tin Man." I didn't know what to think of the grizzly-bear-inspired voice or the wind-chime backdrop music and imposing bass-line. But the more I listened to it, the more I fell in love with it. I then started to listen to the rest of "In Evening Air" and my life was forever changed.
You can't help but feel a sort of sadness and sympathy for Samuel T. Herring and the lyrics inspired by his break-up. He has a unique way of picking perfectly beautiful lyrics and expressing his emotion in every verse. While I prefer the faster-paced songs on this album (like "Vireo's Eye"), the slower-paced ones are equally as impactful ("Long Flight," for example).
Overall, it takes a bit to get used to the sound of Future Islands. But if you go deeper into their sound and lyrics (and if you go to one of their amazingly personal concerts), you'll discover one of the best bands out there.… Collapse
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