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People Who Aren’t There Anymore

Future Islands

People Who Aren’t There Anymore

Seventh album from the Baltimore synthpop group produced by the band and previous collaborator Steve Wright

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  1. 9.0 |   Spill Magazine

    The same sonic joy, tortured, opaque lyrics, and bass and synth-led grooves are all still present, and it’s amazing, comforting fun
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  2. 8.6 |   Northern Transmissions

    It may be steeped in personal struggle, the lyrical perspective weighed down by old haunts and fresh wounds, written in tribute to old faces and old selves, but their latest offering is forward-facing even at its most reflective, celebrating new beginnings
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  3. 8.2 |   Paste Magazine

    The best synth-pop band of the 21st century finds striking new ground on their seventh studio album
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  4. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    The music on Samuel T Herring and co’s seventh album is as affecting and impassioned as ever
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  5. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The expressiveness that has become a hallmark for the group is still there, but it cuts deeper and feels more real than it has in recent years
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  6. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    This is the first Future Islands record which really encapsulates their live energy and vocal unpredictability
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  7. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Future Islands’ new LP is that rare album where you might find yourself with the unusual but life-affirming compulsion to dance and quietly sob at the same time
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  8. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    It shows that Herring and company know exactly who they are and what they’re capable of, and that makes it a quietly exciting and gratifying chapter of a band who are clearly in this for the long haul
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  9. 8.0 |   DIY

    While the music is a little more inward, more reserved, it still carries all the hallmarks of the signature Future Islands sound
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  10. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Ten years after their breakthrough, Baltimore trio Future Islands continue to balance refinement with ambition
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  11. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    A great, often excellent effort containing at least a couple outstanding moments that see Future Islands really crystallize as its best self
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  12. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The synthpop quartet’s heart-on-sleeve frontman, Samuel T Herring, is by turns lovelorn and lovestruck on their affecting seventh LP
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  13. 7.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    People Who Aren’t Here Anymore gives us a suite of songs that are well structured, pristinely mixed, and played with heart. It is authentic and sincere.
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  14. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    More than any record in their discography, People Who Aren’t There Anymore is as newly accessible as it is relishing in prior experience
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  15. 7.0 |   All Music

    It feels slightly less glossy than some of their other 4AD releases, coming a little closer to the lo-fi textures of earlier albums, but from the perspective of artists who have been working hard for nearly two decades
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  16. 7.0 |   Uncut

    The band's debt to OMD and New order is increasingly less obvious, while the earlier bombastic synths are being edged out by a more spacious, less forceful style of electronic poo that recalls fellow Baltimorean Dan Deacon. Print edition only

  17. 6.6 |   Pitchfork

    The Baltimore band’s latest is another emotional tour de force that tests the limits of their long-running sound
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  18. 6.0 |   Mojo

    New ground is not broken, but happily, neither are they. Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   NME

    The Baltimore band offer more of the soaring synth-pop they made their name on – but the songs can merge into one
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  20. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    With their seventh studio album, the Baltimore band offers up more of the same
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