Maybe. Better than the Pixies, though. There's a bit of Stump there, too, or perhaps that just the lunatic lyrics. Falkous certainly had the Mclusky sound, bound and gagged in the back of a Transit van, and it's released on this album. This is my Album of the Year. If you liked Mclusky, you'll love this. It's not a continuation, by any means, but it is progress. Future of the Left are marching into territory that was sniffed out by Mclusky. Albini might be miffed that the stench of production lingers around Curses but it's all the better for it. This album is solid and polished while remaining exciting and dynamic.
After the first few listens my favourite track is Manchasm, gloriously daft and exhilirating. With the refrain "Audience, please! Every minute matters!" I hope Falkous has built his crowd-control and admonishments into his set and that Future of the Left gigs won't be sapped of their energy by bickering with the audience. I can't wait to see them live. Rhymes with hive.