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The Plot Against Common Sense

Future of the Left Audio CD
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On one hand, Future Of The Left are a band much like many other bands are a band. Three men, wielding bits of wood and metal strung with strings and skin, often to be found playing to rooms of other men mildly intoxicated on watery dilutions of strong lager. On the other hand, however, you can take that most basic factual definition and dispose of it by any means deemed socially and legally ... Read more in Amazon's Future of the Left Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Xtra Mile Recordings
  • ASIN: B007G1I24C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. sheena is a t-shirt salesman [Explicit] 2:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. failed olympic bid [Explicit] 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. beneath the waves an ocean [Explicit] 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. cosmo's ladder [Explicit] 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. city of exploded children [Explicit] 4:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. goals in slow motion [Explicit] 3:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. camp cappuccino [Explicit] 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. polymers are forever [Explicit] 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. robocop 4 - fuck off robocop [Explicit] 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. sorry dad, i was late for the riots [Explicit] 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. i am the least of your problems [Explicit] 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. a guide to men [Explicit] 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. anchor [Explicit] 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. rubber animals [Explicit] 1:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. notes on achieving orbit [Explicit] 6:200.99  Buy MP3 

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Originally a trio comprised of two parts mclusky (Andy Falkous and Jack Egglestone) and one part Jarcrew (Kelson Mathias), Future of the Left are now a quartet with guitarist Jimmy Watkins and bassist Julia Ruzicka (ex-Million Dead). With this sturdier unit, and two previous bursts of violent sarcasm in Curses! and Travels With Myself and Another, the band have wrestled with even more savage riffs and stabbing keyboards for The Plot Against Common Sense, their third album. They released the EP Polymers Are Forever on Xtra Mile, their first release after being released from former label 4AD. Whether cutting you down with scarring remarks at a live show, or filling the studio with lung blood and instrument abuse, Future of the Left are vital, not to be missed or to be ignored.

BBC Review

Formed from the still-smouldering ashes of mclusky and Jarcrew, Future of the Left began life in 2005 and immediately re-ignited the fire of those previous outfits with uncompromising, dark-humoured, nihilistic irreverence and a steadfast refusal to play by ‘the rules’.

While the absence of mclusky was missed in alternative rock circles, there was enough bile in mainman and former mclusky ringleader Andy ‘Falco’ Falkous’ sneering lyrics and snarling delivery to make up for it. The band's sublime second album, 2009's Travels with Myself and Another, was as good as any mclusky album.

But then, as they tend to do, things changed. In 2010, ex-Jarcrew-er Kelson Mathias left the band, which didn’t bode well for the future of FOTL: the dynamic chemistry between he and Falco had propelled so much of the trio's iconoclastic, idiosyncratic excellence. But the Polymers Are Forever EP of 2011 proved there was a hell of a lot of life left in the band yet, despite (f)altering line-ups.

The EP's lead song is featured here, right in the centre of 15 tracks. Like Polymers…, what this album does more than anything is prove that nothing has changed. FOTL still hold the raw and radical power they’ve had from the start. And that’s evident just from glancing at their song titles.

The album begins with Sheena Is a T-Shirt Salesman, swiftly breaks into Failed Olympic Bid and progresses into the likes of Camp Cappuccino, Robocop 4 – F*** Off Robocop and Sorry Dad, I Was Late for the Riots. Pastiche, parody or political satire, they’re all songs that match their titles – incisive indictments of society at large that lay waste to culture, be it popular or high, through frantic, jittering arrangements that somehow retain a sense of anthemic melody.

Even pseudo punk breakneck charges such as I Am the Least of Your Problems and Goals in Slow Motion are, bizarrely, ridiculously catchy. As such, The Plot… straddles two extremes – the fringe and the centre, combining them with an expert, excellent fury. The result is subversion of the most intelligent, insidious, inventive kind.

--Adam Kennedy

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw, tight, and hilarious 21 Aug 2012
By Quentin
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Future of the Left continue to melt faces with this record. It starts with one of their strongest songs "Sheena is a T-shirt Salesmen", and keeps on destroying from there. Funny without being silly, vicious without being pretentious--this a great record.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Notes on achieving orbit 27 Jun 2012
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This album is easily up there with the best of Mclusky and the FOTL's last album travels with myself and others. Andy Falkous' song writing is as spiky and sharp-witted as ever. Some of the more mid-tempo tracks such as beneath the waves an ocean and notes on achieving orbit are amazing and there's some excellent straight forward rock tunes too (goals in slow motion, Robocop 4..., I am the least of your problems) There are a couple of tracks I would have left off the album such as anchor and a guide to men (hence the 4 stars) although they're exemplative of a band being a bit more experimental with song structures and tempo which makes for a more satisfying overall listen.

As a side note some of the stuff from the ep released before the album `polymers are forever' is great too, particularly new adventures and the spellbinding destroywhitchurch. com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 15 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good album. Some great song writing; funny and clever, although very obtuse. You have to take a good look at the words to get the most from it but very enjoyable musically. Fantastic drummer. Some great bass hooks. I think this is the best example of British indie music about at the moment. Definitely the best album this year so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strength to strength 12 Jun 2012
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This is hogging my stereo at the moment. The new line up sounds fantastic, still distinctly FotL but... moreso. Reliably hilarious and clever songwriting, reliably powerful delivery. This is the smartest band on the planet at the moment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album -- It Will Leave You Blistered 12 Jun 2012
By T. A. Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
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Good noise-rock is hard to come by these days. Bands like The Jesus Lizard, Tomahawk, and Helmet have fallen by the wayside, and because of this, Future of the Left's THE PLOT AGAINST COMMON SENSE feels more raw, energizing, and intense in today's music culture than it would during any other time. It's refreshing. The bass is heavy and distorted, the drums are being beat to death, the vocals are desperate and shakey. Although the band's music comes across as rough-around the edges, it's quite accessible; the band makes good use of hooks to keep songs melodic.

Lead track "Sheena is a T-Shirt Salesman" starts with a kick-drum that quickly feeds into a manic, paranoid brand of hard-rock. This song also showcases how catchy Future of the Left can be; the album does an incredible job of balancing the band's aggressive music with conventional pop music. The band finds the most success when focusing on melody more than its lyrics. The lyrics are generally angrily absurd (as can be seen from some of the song titles,) but the absurdity reaches its apex in "Robocop 4 - F*** Off Robocop", a song about ridiculous Hollywood sequels (including Pirates of the Caribbean 47) that compares Billy Corgan to Lord Voldemort. The band slows down in its closing "Notes of Achieving Orbit,"; starting with spoken-word vocals that build up to a shouting refrain. It's a satisfying way to end an album that feels angry with the world.

Fans of the aforementioned bands (The Jesus Lizard, Tomahawk, and Helmet) will love THE PLOT AGAINST COMMON SENSE. I'd recommend this album to anyone with a passing interest in hard rock, or if anyone is tired of rock music being pervaded with synthesizers and drum machines. Standout tracks include: "Sheena is a T-Shirt Saleman," "Goals in Slow Motion," and "Beneath the Waves an Ocean." Interested listeners will be given a good sense of what to expect from this album through this sample.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing 13 July 2012
By Manorsessions - Published on Amazon.com
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Future of the Left are a progression from Mclusky. They are kind of like indi rock mixed with garage punk with a flaming lips kind of delerium to their lyrics (a little bit Dead Kennedies but more melodic and consistent). They have a fantastic sense of rhythm and song construction with some exceptionally witty and non politically correct lyrics, they'll take a swipe at anyone.

A lot of fun to listen to loud, great driving music (if there aren't any speed traps around).

They don't conform to any typical genre or marketable angle so they seem to have stayed under the radar for years.

Great album. All their albums are very good and if you like them definitely check out their work with Mclusky.
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistent 28 Mar 2014
By Robert L. Sundre - Published on Amazon.com
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This band has NEVER let me down. This is great movie for in my car, in the house, in my classroom(when no students are around). I can't say enough about this band. I love the sarcasm in the lyrics. Buy it, you won't be disappointed. Now, I just wish they had more shirts to sell so I can advertise this band to all the Bieber fans!!! hahaha
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful musical romp 14 Jan 2014
By forkboy1965 - Published on Amazon.com
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Like some other reviews I've posted to CDs, if you're reading this it means maybe one of three things: (1) you're a FOTL fan and thinking about getting this CD, or (2) you're a FOTL fan and already have this (so why are you here?), or (3) you are/were a Mclusky fan and are getting around to checking out FOTL.

Me? I dig FOTL. And Mclusky. And while it's easy to say there are plenty of similarities (which is rather inevitable considering the voice and writing were/are headed up by the same wonderful guy: Falco), I find FOTL to be a different flavor. Kinda like red versus green peppers: same family, but different flavor and color.

The Plot Against Common Sense is a really good CD. To my taste it comes second to Curses!, which I think is their best work. And not unlike Polymers Are Forever it's a really good recording. Excellent sound all round.

So buy it already. And if you already have it, good job.
4.0 out of 5 stars Freakin' awesome 4 Jun 2013
By chzbacon - Published on Amazon.com
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As one would expect from Future Of The Left. Awesomeness. I Think the album art is really rad as well.
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