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  • Summary: The second full-length release for Erika M. Anderson was produced with Leif Shackleford.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Apr 7, 2014
    The term 'masterpiece' is thrown around a lot.
  2. Apr 3, 2014
    A huge part of her appeal is how authentically she manages to channel the intensity of adolescent angst, which makes lines that should be cringe-inducing feel too real to critique.
  3. Apr 2, 2014
    There are some quite beautiful and pop-infused moments to be found sprinkled across the album despite the best efforts of EMA and her co-producer Leif Shackleford to keep away from the ears of the commercial fraternity.
  4. 80
    EMA makes sure these are songs, first and foremost. And they are still personal.
  5. Apr 10, 2014
    EMA has crafted a wide-eyed, open-eared, reasonably horrified, digi-noise drone-folk treatise about the soul-sucking, privacy-wrecking qualities of online life.
  6. Jul 30, 2014
    Past Life Martyred Saints was a ferociously personal record in a way that people responded to, but The Future’s Void is just as intense, even though it takes on almost entirely new subject matter and methods.
  7. 58
    For The Future’s Void, she’s traded in the tarnished grace and drug-ravaged ten-mile stare of her past life, but it’s not always such a fair deal for the listener.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 8, 2014
    The Future's Void is all Erika M. Anderson. Lyrically, the album is very based in post-internet and, sonically, the most daring since Yeezus. Album of the year contender without doubt. Expand
  2. May 31, 2014
    This album is very hip-hypnotic. It's the kind of album that I can get into from beginning to end. It shifts moods and beats and it is all very well done. Don't know what Pitchfork means about three of the middle songs which puts EMA into industrial mode ala Nine Inch Nails bringing the album down big time. A couple of those songs are my favorites reminding me of the work pj harvey did on her "To Bring You My Love" album (1995). I like whatever lyrics I can make out as I don't have the lyrics on paper buying it on iTunes, but I do like what I can make out. For me, there are some meaningful lyrics on this album which EMA sings very nicely. She does everything on this album - rocks out, does softer songs, has great beats and the nod to Nine Inch Nails is done well and she makes it all her own. Definitely an album I'll still be listening to and going back to within the span of my life which EMA says "we're only in this world for a short time." Bravo! Expand
  3. Apr 14, 2014
    I like this more than her debut, which is still a good album. This is more emotionally resonant to me, thanks to it's great lyrics about internet and society. The music and vocal performances are just as great, too. Expand