• Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Sep 29, 2017
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Sep 26, 2017
    91
    There aren’t many hooks to be found here, which means a lot of Three Futures sort of blurs together. But it’s all hazily fascinating, flowing naturally through its various peaks and valleys, and it succeeds in Scott’s goal of being truly immersive listening--something that reveals itself to you in strange new ways each time you return.
  2. 83
    While the use of synthesizers, programmed drums, modular instruments, and even Scott’s purposefully stilted guitar riffs give the album its background, it’s a framework designed to confront the nature of the human body itself. Three Futures is overwhelmed with senses.
  3. Nov 13, 2017
    80
    Easy listening it isn’t, but Three Futures cuts into the tangled complexities of human connection with an uncannily unwavering precision.
  4. Oct 11, 2017
    80
    More than a continuation of that trajectory, Three Futures feels like a quantum leap. There are more voices, more perspectives.
  5. Oct 9, 2017
    80
    The fascinating ways she puts songs and stories together on Three Futures reveals more with each listen.
  6. Oct 4, 2017
    80
    She’s still a sprinter on Three Futures. But she looks back at what’s been lost with accrued wisdom and a literary eye for sensual detail, resulting in one of the year’s most thoughtful left turns.
  7. Sep 29, 2017
    80
    Three Futures is a slow burn, but Torres doesn’t require speed, not when she can hold our attention with something more akin to intense eye contact.
  8. Sep 29, 2017
    80
    It touches the heart and head with its examinations of love, lust and desire, and while it’s sometimes still a challenging listen, it’s easy to indulge in.
  9. Uncut
    Sep 26, 2017
    80
    The dissonant guitars and whirring synths land on the more accessible side of avant-garde rock, veering into sia-esque pop on tracks like "Greener Stretch," though revelling in never quite resolving its melodies. [Nov 2017, p.36]
  10. 80
    The album’s sonic homogeneity lends it an air of sameness at first blush, but the details burrow their way out on subsequent listens; the guitar work, in particular, offers fleeting doses of delightfully understated melodicism to counterpoint the slow industrial grind beneath.
  11. Oct 10, 2017
    75
    The music is now lush where once it was loud, layered and thoughtful where it was immediate.
  12. Magnet
    Oct 17, 2017
    70
    It's not an easy listen--"Greener Stretch" is one of the rare songs that has an immediate hook--but it commands, and rewards, attention. [No. 147, p.61]
  13. Oct 16, 2017
    70
    Her narrative sees all, experiences all, but keeps a remove in the dry, mechanical beats, the tamped down drama of synthetic accompaniment, the vocal lines that only once and a while slip past a murmur into wilder swoops and yelps. This is a cerebral, abstracted album about the physical, one that deals in potentialities and implied trajectories, rather than the immediacy of pulse and sweat and organ functions.
  14. Oct 5, 2017
    70
    Her latest is even more raw, offering conflicted images of emotional and physical release over bracing industrial-rock textures co-produced by Rob Ellis.
  15. Sep 29, 2017
    65
    Where there is fervour, Three Futures stands up to be counted. Without it, the record rattles along at all too a subdued pace.
  16. Mojo
    Sep 27, 2017
    60
    If Three Futures lack depth, then, it's only because everything inside has been dragged out, up to the surface, into the light. [Nov 2017, p.98]
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Oct 1, 2017
    6
    While I do respect her choice of switching from a 90s alt-rock sound to a more synthetic sound, and to be fair the instrumentation is prettyWhile I do respect her choice of switching from a 90s alt-rock sound to a more synthetic sound, and to be fair the instrumentation is pretty solid, so it;'s not like Torres didn't know what she was doing nor playing it safe, Tree Futures is just not very interesting and often falls under bland electronic ambeint sound with a rock edge to it. But unfortunately it's not very exciting rock music so it's just kind of dull white noise. There are some interesting songs here and there, like Righteous Woman, and like I said before Torres is confident with this sound choice and nothing is played terribly or there were flat out bad song ideas, it's just not very interesting to me at least. I can see people digging this though, which is why I'm being a bit forgiving with my rating. Full Review »
  2. Dec 11, 2017
    9
    while this one takes a few more listens than a certain fabulously gripping second full-length, Three Futures is hands-down her best work towhile this one takes a few more listens than a certain fabulously gripping second full-length, Three Futures is hands-down her best work to date. I understand a feeling of confusion with the more synthesized tracks such as Marble Focus and the new wave Greener Stretch, but after I got two full listens, this album made so much sense. her signature alt-rock guitar riffing is still prominent in this album. Torres' knack for catchy, interesting melodic pathways is stronger than ever before, with phenomenal cuts such as Righteous Woman, Bad Baby Pie and Skim. this is also her most sonically diverse album, with the aforementioned new wave cut, and even a surprise pop-punk banger: Helen in the Woods. her lyrics are as introspective and compelling as ever, and her melodies only seem to be getting more and more polished. highly recommend. Full Review »