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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the synthpop trio features a guest appearance from Debbie Harry and was produced by John Congleton.
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Ran
Ingest, where it goes, nobody sees but me So perfect and so sweet But the rest, feels incomplete Like the rabbit's foot I keep In the locket, with no... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Apr 7, 2017
    91
    The raw passion of Future Island’s past work still dominates, but with more complexity in the arrangements, and more push and pull in the ongoing dialogue between the voice and the instruments behind it.
  2. Apr 12, 2017
    80
    The Far Field is carried by light catharsis, diffused and mild-tempered fun, virtuosic vocal delivery, and steel-clean production.
  3. Q Magazine
    Mar 21, 2017
    80
    To make warm, immediate pop music that sounds so out of the ordinary is a rare feat. [May 2017, p.106]
  4. May 17, 2017
    80
    An album ram-packed full of top-notch melodic synth-pop--a triumph from start to finish.
  5. Apr 7, 2017
    75
    Future Islands haven't plateaued; they've managed a follow-up record that can look their best work in the eye.
  6. Apr 7, 2017
    70
    The Far Field isn't a failure or a misstep, since there are so many good songs and their basic sound is still so strong. It's a shame that the band and Congleton felt the need to pretty things up, to make them sound more sophisticated and domesticated. It means that despite Herring's bravura performance, the album feels like a watered-down and lesser version of Singles.
  7. Apr 5, 2017
    50
    Apart from the new wave prom dance of 'Candles', The Far Field plays out like a treadmill--same tempos, same whining siren wails from the synths, same bass undulation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Apr 11, 2017
    9
    I don't know if there is a band that knows its niche better than these guys. The entire album flows together so well, and perfectly epitomizesI don't know if there is a band that knows its niche better than these guys. The entire album flows together so well, and perfectly epitomizes why Future Islands are the king of synth-pop. A refreshing, groovy 50 minutes with great replay value. Expand
  2. Feb 8, 2018
    8
    Excellent follow up to their brilliant "Singles" album and works well as a companion piece to that album. "The Far Field" maintains the FutureExcellent follow up to their brilliant "Singles" album and works well as a companion piece to that album. "The Far Field" maintains the Future Islands sound, thumping bass, distinctive vocals, general 21st century new wave vibe. It's easy on the ear and on the mind - all in all an enjoyable experience. I thought I preferred "Singles" as I thought it had stronger songs but I have found myself listening to this one more often. The first third section of the album is particularly superb. Expand
  3. May 16, 2017
    7
    This synthpop adventure was rather wayward and watered down, especially with the rather unpleasant vocals, but it still had pleasurableThis synthpop adventure was rather wayward and watered down, especially with the rather unpleasant vocals, but it still had pleasurable moments through steady harmonic flow and constant energy to make the experience worthwhile. My Score: 119/180 (Good) = 6.6/10 Expand
  4. Jul 21, 2017
    7
    While nowhere near as immediate as Singles, Future Islands continue with another winning 80s inspired synthpop and new wave record withWhile nowhere near as immediate as Singles, Future Islands continue with another winning 80s inspired synthpop and new wave record with glistening synths and the impassioned vocals of Samuel Herring. Sure it's a tad bit formulaic, but it is a formula that does work! Expand
  5. Jul 29, 2017
    3
    Never has a band gotten so far on one TV performance, and rarely has a band coasted like this after such an opportunity. The beat is soNever has a band gotten so far on one TV performance, and rarely has a band coasted like this after such an opportunity. The beat is so monotonous here, the music so unchallenging and predictable, that when they slow down on "Candles" you double-check to make sure it's the same disc - it's nearly the only song that doesn't sound just like every other song on the album, or most of the last one. You can't see Samuel Herring dancing here, the musical autopilot negates most of his vocals - after two listens I couldn't remember more than a couple of lyric phrases (although his going inexplicably flat on "Beauty Of The Road" perked up my ears a bit), and the WTF death-growl moments that got your attention on TV haven't returned (or been replaced with something more interesting) to keep it. Sit this beside the Letterman appearance three long years ago now and you may realize just how much the gimmick suckered you in. Cemented in naked-emperor cult status, these islands better drift from formula soon if they expect much of a future. Expand