- Audio CD (22 Jun. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: 4AD
- ASIN: B002736YIA
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- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Earlier this year, Falco, lead singer of Welsh trio Future Of The Left, posted on MySpace about the band's second studio album Travels With Myself And Another. ''It's 33 minutes long'' he wrote, ''and to use the vernacular, it's ******* skill''. He's not wrong.
Rock can be so dirgey, so downright self-righteous. Future Of The Left are resoundingly not. The new disc is produced by Richard Jackson, who was at the helm for their debut Curses in 2007. He seems to have a natural affinity with Falco, bassist Kelson Matthias and drummer Jack Egglestone - together they've produced a work of near genius.
It's difficult to pick highlights, as the album is flooded with them. First single, The Hope That House Built has a sexy guitar/drumstick start leading to a catchy-as-hell radio friendly invitation to, ''come join, come join, our hopeless cause''. It's as if Green Day finally decided to stop taking themselves so damned seriously.
Throwing Bricks At Trains is a fantastical dark anthem for disenchanted youth, while Land Of My Formers has a rip-roaring melody that belongs in a computer game. From there we stray into properly loopy territory: Stand By Your Manatee is an ode to Emma, hideously shamed by her parents' use of plastic forks.
You Need Satan More Than He Needs You, a hilarious skit on the inner worries of a Satanist, has possibly the most gloriously weird opening line in rock: ''God damn it's gonna rain, I only brought my socks'. Its anthemic chorus deserves to be shouted by festival crowds all summer long.
If there is a criticism, it's that Falco's vocals sometimes stray too far into screechy rawk territory, which is a shame as when he actually sings (or talks) the end product is most enjoyable. But it's a small negative on an album of mostly sheer fabulousness.
Take album closer Lapsed Catholics and its gobsmackingly brilliant lyrics. ''Morgan Freeman would roll over in his grave if he were dead, which he nearly was if you believe the hysterical gung ho technicolour c***fest that is Sky News or Murdoch Live or whatever the hell the devil calls himself''. Breathtaking. What's not to love? --Sophie Bruce
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Top Customer Reviews
"Drink Nike" I get a feeling is a sly dig at the "Hoody" Youth culture ( or "chav Scum" as we like to call them round my way!) with it's "Those kids, I swear, drink nike" lyric! Closing track "Lapsed Catholics" starts with a nice picked guitar and some spoken word stuff about Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and sky news being a "Hysterical, Gung Ho, Technicolour, Crap fest" (Genius!). This then gradually evolves into some nice, loud, balls to the wall rock of the highest order! Basically buy it, it's damn good.......................Nice.
'Travels With Myself and Another' is an album that's appeal stretches way beyond the leftfield.
On the surface, it is a thrilling rock album. Few bands wield as much sheer power as cleverly and sinuously as Future of the Left.
It's a cliched set-up for a statement, I know, but there *are* more ideas and memorable hooks in this album's first song, Arming Eritrea, than on the entirety of Kasabian's recent plod-a-thon. Kasabian shouldn't feel too aggrieved. Everything that has been released in a long play format so far this year pales in comparison.
This is a pop album, in the same way that The Pixies 'Doolittle' was a 'pop' album.
And it is, perhaps, as good (I'll have to see if I'm still listening to Travels With Myself And Another in 20 years to give you an honest answer on that).
There is great, subtle variation, here, from the warped but accessible hooks of 'Throwing Bricks At Trains' and 'Yin / Post Yin' to the apocalyptic synth funk of 'You Need Satan More Than He Needs You'.
All of this great music serves as a brilliant foundation for Andrew Falkous's cryptic and always fascinating lyrics, and his visceral delivery.
I could blather on about Travels With Myself And Another for pages and pages, but that would be wasting your valuable listening time.
If you're still undecided, play a quick and simple game of trying to find a bad / mediocre review of this album.
There aren't any.Read more ›
I never thought I would hear a song as good as the Queens of the Stone Age "No one knows" for its raw simplicity and sheer tub thumping euphoria. A case of "Ye of little faith" as it turns out since "You need Satan more than he needs you" on Travels is its thrilling counterpart. Its lyrics that contain the odd swaer word mean that it will not be gracing the charts in the near future but is brilliant shouty rock of the kind that will require Andy Falkous to make an early booking into the Heath hospital for a throat operation. This album is littered with highlights and of course the usual great titles (although nothing to match the earlier "the world loves us and is our bitch").
I love the poppy but jagged "Throwing bricks at a train", the driving epic of "I am the civil service".Read more ›
The real genius here, though, comes from Falkous' lyrics. Spitting more venom than a whole family of cobras, he takes on everyone and everything with a shedload of surreal, vicious and brilliant lines - whether railing against 'Rick' (c'mon rick, I'm not a prize!),dealing with relationship issues ('what kind of orgy leaves a sense of deeper love?'), discussing cutlery ('hidden in the mass of letters lies the awful truth, that emma's mum and dad use plastic forks) or even tackling existential questions ('it doesn't smell like a man, it doesn't talk like a man, but does it f**k like a man?'). His delivery is also perfect, full of bitterness and sarcasm in the best possible way.
Musically, the album hits like Ali on a good day, with some especially nasty distorted bass giving the album a grimy, feral sound that makes other so called 'heavy' rock seem pathetic by comparison.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for a present as requested by the birthday boy so I don't know how good it is but the service was excellent.Published on 26 April 2012 by Ra
Hey! Few words because i can't write good english and also because i know i am a little late with this album. Read morePublished on 5 May 2011 by Daniele Mantovani
For the uninitiated, Future of the Left can be very hard to follow. For those of you who have already heard the fantastic "Adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood" and "Curses" then expect more... Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2010 by Jeph Hammel