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As Long As You Are

Future Islands

As Long As You Are

Sixth album from the Baltimore synthpop group fronted by Samuel T. Herring

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Burnished with all the hallmarks that have moulded the band into such a robust songwriting entity, As Long As You Are is a portrait of Herring and co at the top of their game - a collection of taught electro-pop numbers graced with poetic flair
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  2. 9.0 |   music OMH

    This is a more concentrated, more potent collection than their first album, and a more consistent listen than their last, but doesn’t quite hit the highs of In Evening Air or On The Water – but then it never tries to
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  3. 8.5 |   Northern Transmissions

    It’s reductive to call this an 80s record. Future Islands uses the sonic palette associated with that time period, and Herring’s voice bears a similarity to singers from that era, but As Long As You Are has a contemporary, or perhaps even forward-looking, moderation, that reflects a mature band working with established tools, rather than a newer one playing with digital toys
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  4. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The rejuvenated sound of a band who finally found what they are looking for
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  5. 8.0 |   The FT

    The instrument sounds both haunting and hopeful on the US band’s sixth album
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Herring's poetic analysis of a recent break-up makes it all a compelling listen. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Those who have stuck with them beyond that sudden burst of fame will be rewarded with some of their best work
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  8. 8.0 |   The Observer

    A sixth album from the Baltimore synth-pop band finds their music as urgent and impassioned as ever
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  9. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Future Islands' sixth album, As Long As You Are, is more of the same -- deeply confessional synthpop -- and that's a beautiful thing
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  10. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The Baltimore indie greats serve up another moving and epic synth-pop endeavor
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  11. 8.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    An immensely enjoyable experience from start to finish that transcends differences of age and taste, whilst still remaining true to a core sound and touching on a number of deeply personal issues
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  12. 8.0 |   NME

    The indie heroes spin thrillingly off the tracks on a bruised sixth album that exudes the brilliance of their breakout 2014 song ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’
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  13. 7.9 |   Spectrum Culture

    In a lot of ways, this is the platonic ideal of what a Future Islands album should be
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  14. 7.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    Future Islands show they’ve no issue making up for lost time, and their sixth offering is more than a mere course correction; in a number of ways, it’s their most expressive record yet
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  15. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The Baltimore synthpop band traverse familiar territory on their sixth record
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  16. 7.0 |   The Music

    Designed to satisfy fans as well as win the hearts of a few new ones
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  17. 7.0 |   All Music

    It's worth checking out for the songs that work - the group certainly haven't lost their touch when it comes to uptempo gloomy synth pop - and the less successful moments aren't enough to sink the album entirely
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  18. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Their poetic angst has matured into something more subdued and dripping with acceptance. As Long as You Are feels, in a way, like the band coming home to itself
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  19. 6.1 |   Pitchfork

    The Baltimore band goes back to the well for another record of languorous, heart-on-the-sleeve synth-pop that hits all its marks but smacks of diminishing returns
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  20. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Despite no huge leaps forward sonically, there are some fantastic scenes set to song. Print edition only

  21. 6.0 |   DIY

    A solid effort that would fare better with a little more exploration
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  22. 6.0 |   Clash

    A work of subtle evolution
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