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Future Will Come

The Juan Maclean Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dfa Records
  • ASIN: B001SZ27HA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

The Future Will Come. Initially, the title rings with confidence, but moments later doubt sets in. What kind of future are they talking about? Juan MacLean's answer can be found in the music. If that sounds rather abstract, it isn't really. This particular combination of male and female vocals paired with chunky synthetic beats and textures adds up to a clear yet creative homage to Dare-era Human League.

Indeed, when MacLean sings for the first time, two thirds way through opener The Simple Life, not only does he quote the melody from the League's mega-hit, Don't You Want Me, but he also sounds remarkably similar to their lead singer Phil Oakey. Later, on No Time, he and guest singer Nancy Whang sing different words to the tune of Being Boiled.

Fear not though, The Future Will Come is no mere pastiche, nor does it continue is the same vein as the opener. The vocals on the title track and elsewhere are more strident and, if anything partially recall Matthew Dear. The music itself is bolder and more subtle than groups such as the League, perhaps inevitably given the almost three decades of technological and production development.

When the house chords punch in on One Day it's difficult not to punch the air and grin, particularly when they're followed by Whang's sing-song melody. Tunes are central to this endeavour, most of the ten songs make for catchy pop.

The busy, shuffle percussion and syndrums of Tonight clearly reference the late 70s/early 80s and bring to mind another, not entirely dissimilar project, last year's critically adored Hercules and Love Affair. The Future Will Come may start out as an unashamed homage, but it gradually asserts its own character. --Colin Buttimer

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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the future too (7.5/10) 21 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Synth pop is apparently making a big comeback in 2009, I say apparently because I don't listen to the radio, watch TV or live in an English-speaking country, so it's easy to shield myself from the probably excessive hype surrounding artists such as, say, Little Boots, Empire Of The Sun and Lady GaGa. It all seems a bit old given that electroclash had its heyday, oh, about five years ago, so things must be desperate if the A&R pendulum has swung back in that direction. However, the year has begun with two intriguing albums with much superficially in common with these artists, the debut album by The Knife's Fever Ray, and now the return of The Juan MacLean on DFA, both more subversive synth pop variants.

The Juan MacLean's first album, 2005's Less Than Human, was an interesting take on the DFA dance-punk paradigm: part dystopic disco, part robot pop. Since then of course label boss James Murphy finally delivered on DFA's early potential with LCD Soundsystem's 'Sound of Silver', one of the best albums of 2007. Parts of The Juan MacLean's sophomore album 'The Future Will Come' sound a little blatantly influenced by that album, particularly the title track, which echoes some of 'Sound of Silver' sentiments: the ageing muso reasserting his relevance. "The Future will come, I've had a vision, your popularity is a deep revision," he warbles in a slightly contrived post-New Romantic vocal style, synth drums pitter pattering and cowbells jangling in rather familiar ways. MacLean's association with Murphy goes back several decades - they were both members of Sub Pop synth-punk group Six Finger Satellite in the early 90s - and the relationship is more telling on 'The Future will come' than on his first album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come Will The Future 2 Mar 2010
By Faux
Format:Audio CD
The Future Will Come is the kind of album you could listen to loudly in a club, or at home with some headphones and it would suit either. Pair this with the equally sublime Something Something by Towers of Asia: Welcome back intelligent dance music, we've missed you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The future won't come if it lacks soul 26 April 2009
By Colin Mccartney TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Oh so trendy and oh so arty are DFA. So much so they don't even want you to think that. But for me something's missing.

So how do you go from wanting to be cool, "knowing your stuff", to actually being cool? If you're Orange Juice (Franz - are you reading this?) you use Dennis Bovell as producer. If you're NuGroove you have the Burrells as your main artists. Does anyone see where I'm coming from?

Unfortunately, I don't think DFA have quite grasped the concept. Despite the fact there are some really strong songs on here, and one amazing one. The end result is that "The Future Will Come" is the In Ghost Colours of 2009.

The positive:

The aforementioned "One Day". The Tangerine Dream/Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom textures of the opener "The Simple Life". The Pet Shop Boys/Mr Fingers/Durutti Column desolation of "Tonight".

The not so positive:

The amalgam-meets-tinfoil discomfort Human League references - grating, painfully obvious, clumsy (not that it's a bad reference; it's just not well done). And when Nancy Whang sings/repeats "Launch Me into Space" at the end of the otherwise excellent "Happy House" - somehow I want launch HER into space, along with my CD player - through my living room window. It's just plain annoying.

Don't get me wrong - I couldn't make a record this good (I can't play a note). But this could have been so much better with no extra effort, just less posturing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stop me if you've heard this one before 23 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album, is, in my opinion, an overall improvement on their 2005 debut. 'Less than human' suffered from a lot of lazy production and therefore, musically, lacked depth and longevity. The production here is a lot more lush and expansive, with more proper songs. It still sounds quite DFA and on first listen made me think that while LCD Soundsystem were on the slide with their second LP, Juan Maclean could be on the rise with theirs, however, given a couple more listens it starts to unravel.

The main reason this album only scores 6/10 with me is that it steals a lot of ideas (wholesale) from elsewhere. 'The simple life' sounds like something i can't name right now but will come to me, 'The Future Will Come' is like a slowed down LCD 'Losing my edge' with Human League style vocals, and Human League pops up again on 'A New Bot' & 'The Station'. The Hacker sound-a-like is 'One Day', but what really got my goat was the 12 minute closer, which, if i'm not mistaken, is a huge (slightly speeded up) rip-off of Dubtribe Soundsystem's 'Do It Now' - which in it's own right was a little irritating after a while. Basically, if you can't be bothered to do a playlist on i-tunes of all the artists i've mentioned then buy this, as it packages all of them together quite well.

My major gripe with almost everything being released at the moment is the lack of originality from the approach taken which makes it all sound off-the-shelf and generic, going over the same ground, with the same sounds - and this is what this album suffers from...in a BIG way.
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'The Future Will Come' is a fantastically enjoyable album, and would have recieved a higher rating had it not been released by The Juan Maclean from whom I did not expect such a commercial LP in light of their debut album 'Less Than Human'. What happened? Certainly losing *their* edge.
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