Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Travels with Myself and Another distinguishes Future of the Left from Mclusky without completely severing ties, and proves they're a band that can keep post-hardcore exciting with righteous anger and merciless wit.
  2. With the razor-sharp, endlessly listenable, and wildly rocking Travels with Myself and Another, Future of the Left have put their past to rest.
  3. In addition finding new ways to snarl in their music, the lyrics go beyond mere cleverness into sharp, thoughtful introspection, making Travels a document of a creatively restless band out to prove something to themselves, and not just the fans they’ve picked up along the way.
  4. 80
    A band that couldn't ddcide if they preferred the caustic post-grunge of The Jesus Lizard or the absurdist, singalong witticisms of Half Man Half Biscuit, so choose to do both. Happily, the band have the muscular riffs and eloquence to pull off both. [Jul 2009, p.88]
  5. Trying to find a sense of humour amidst the walloping woe is exhausting. [Aug 2009, p.107]
  6. As ’80s revivalism hits its self-fellating peak, it’s a pleasure to hear an album that knows escapism isn’t dressing up like a fucking unicorn--it’s shutting your eyes and screaming until your throat burns.
  7. Making good on the only slightly veiled threats of Curses, the new Travels With Myself And Another finds Falkous’ barbed stories--of fruitless sex, godless existence, and other pointless-yet-unavoidable bullshit--stretched wire-taut, with nary a moment of wasted energy.
  8. Yet despite the occasionally black subject matter this is a fine and powerful album for lovers of red meat rock, served rare.
  9. 80
    These Brits--featuring two members of Mclusky, a great band that died in 2005--spit fiery, trebly guitar­rock venom with such lusty glee that following them to hell actually sounds inviting.
  10. Travels... is a 33 minute monster without a slither of excess fat, and the best thing Andy Falkous has ever put his name to.
  11. Travels With Myself and Another is the best thing this crew has ever made. It’s got all you could ask for: hooks, riffs, volume, wordplay, razor-sharp absurdity, and Jack Egglestone’s incomparable power drumming.
  12. Travels with Myself and Another expands the complexity, adding guitar solos and a more careful sense of composition to the pounding fray.
  13. No single frontman in indie quite possesses Falkous’s unique blend of obnoxious charisma, and that fact alone makes Travels a sometimes engaging listen, but he’s still made an album that steers dangerously close to emulating the bros he’s spent his entire career railing against.
  14. By no means a feel-good record, Travels With Myself and Another is rich with enough black humor, sharp perspectives and tight muscular music to make it one of the best rock albums of the year.
  15. Travels with Myself and Another doesn't quite live up to the band's first studio album, 2007's "Curses," but it reaches the same boorishly absurd heights on the spastic 'Drink Nike' and on 'Stand by Your Manatee,' a catchy freakout about the "shame" of using plastic silverware.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. danc
    Aug 29, 2009
    10
    Brilliant, no other band is a thrilling and punishing as this FOTL. full of hits. no filler. great lyrics, great melodies, great titles all crammed into 33 of the most addictive minutes BUY IT NOW you will not be disappointed. Full Review »
  2. MS
    Aug 13, 2009
    9
    The first track takes me straight back to RATM and the mid-90s. It gets even better from there. Sometimes a bit bleak lyrically but hey we can't all be of a cheerful disposition. Full Review »
  3. oilyrag
    Jul 24, 2009
    10
    I have no idea why this band aren't huge. An absolute classic of an album.