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  • Audio CD (22 Jun. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B002736YIA
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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BBC Review

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gm Mandley on 21 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
I, like many others have eagerly awaited the second offering from FOTL, and I, like many others was not dissapointed! Kicking off with "Arming Eritrea" with a hushed intro eventually kicking into a chunky riff, and the slightly confusing opening lyric of "Come on Rick, I'm not a prize, I'm not a cynic or one of those guys!" Who the hell Rick is is anyone's guess really but a great opener! There are some more moments of Falco's strange synth on " Throwing Bricks At Trains" and "Yin/Post Yin, and these stand out as completely different to anything on "Curses" before! One of my personal favourites has to be "You Need satan More Than He Needs You" with great shout along chorus, and some heavy, repetative synth and drum backing plus typical Falco style shouting! Sadly "That Damned Fly" sounds a bit lacklustre after this, but that's not to say it's a bad song (there isn't one on the album, to be truthful).

"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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ThornCircle on 23 Jun. 2009
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Don't allow this incredible album to elude you because you're not hearing Zane Lowe proclaiming its brilliance, or because Falkous, Mathias and Egglestone aren't on T4 every other weekend, or because they're frequently painted as being too tricksy and angular for general consumption and enjoyment.

'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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Any band that films its videos in Cardiff's much loved but massively under threat Vulcan pub just below the International Arena should be a greatly adored institution. If the said band are as good as Future of the Left it is a bonus of epic proportions. FOTL are a hybrid mix of two former giants of the Welsh music scene Jarcrew and Mclusky. the latters "To hell with good intentions" remains one of the most underrated rock songs of all time. FOTL build on this pedigree but also transcend this leagacy. They are the frontier leaders in the maths rock genre and a band whose brutal, witty, spiky, snarling, venomous and bloody hilarious post punk rock songs are some of best this side of the Rio Grande river never mind the River Taff.

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".
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Perhaps one of the most critically acclaimed bands no-one's heard of, and Wales' best musical export since forever, Andy Falkous and co. are on stunning form on album no. 2. Kicking off with the absolutely storming 'Arming Eritrea', the album beefs up the band's not inconsiderable attack while still adding more compositional variety into the mix, with acoustic guitars (!) even making appearance on massive album closer 'Lapsed Catholics', along with a hilarious monologue from Falkous about Rupert Murdoch, among others. On the almost poignant 'Throwing Bricks At Trains', their trademark distorted keyboards are utilized in more sophisticated ways than ever before, and album highlight 'You Need Satan More Than He Needs You' crunches and stomps its way to instant anthem status with massive drums and a shout-along chorus.

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.
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