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The Future's Void

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The Future's Void

Third album of alt.rock from the former Gowns singer Erika M. Anderson

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7.9

Label
City Slang
UK Release date
07/04/2014
US Release date
08/04/2014
  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Its genre-switching initially wrong-foots, but The Future’s Void, bolstered by a deep musicality, is visionary to the core
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  2. 10.0 |   The FT

    As second albums often do, The Future’s Void explores similar themes on a grander scale. As second albums often don’t, it succeeds
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  3. 9.0 |   The 405

    The term 'masterpiece' is thrown around a lot, but...
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  4. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    If Annie Clark’s the queen of off-kilter pop, Erika Anderson’s wearing the corresponding crown for rock
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  5. 8.8 |   Earbuddy

    If Past Life Martyred Saints was her breakthrough from the underground, The Future’s Void should propel her into the stratosphere
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  6. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An album that, rather than plead with us to disconnect from the online, asks us to face up to a world with where internet, surveillance, selfies, the NSA aren’t going to go away
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  7. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    This record feels even more pinpoint-focused than her first—perhaps thanks to its recurring themes—and the shaking, distorting sounds she's wrapped around her voice are as beautifully unsettling as her words
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  8. 8.0 |   DIY

    As far as worldly outlooks go, this one’s a pretty pessimistic one
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  9. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Mines a rich seam of digital despair to stirring effect
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  10. 8.0 |   The Music

    A stark, evocative journey
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  11. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    A delicate performance reduces real history to ephemeral
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  12. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Whilst the outlook this time around is still rather personal, EMA has widened the scope a little more and focused on the nature of social media and privacy
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  13. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The music operates less as an end in itself and more as a counterpoint to the keening, whispering, screeching, gasping voice-as-expression-of-humanity
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  14. 8.0 |   Time Out

    EMA vents some mighty hang-ups about the hollowness of success
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  15. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    This is Erika M Anderson’s great American novel
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  16. 8.0 |   Mojo

    New millennium classic. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Accessible, still raw second from North Dakota no-waver. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   NME

    Her most outward-looking work to date
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  19. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Builds on the stark confessional style of her low-fi 2011 debut
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  20. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    The Future’s Void is not a passive experience. In delivery or consumption, you’ll participate or switch off
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  21. 8.0 |   Pop Matters

    It simultaneously aims for your head, your ears and occasionally your heart and at times even hits all three
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  22. 7.5 |   Beardfood

    EMA now explores softer approaches, and the contrasts make for a thrilling tension-release structure
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  23. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The most celestial moments on The Future’s Void arrive at the end, when Anderson loosens her grip on her subject matter and lets herself wander a little
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  24. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    For an album born of such hermetic origins, The Future’s Void resonates with deep concern over the state of the world
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  25. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    Despite the lyrical clunkers and ill-advised production choices, The Future’s Void has the feel of a real statement, of an artist trying for something new even if she doesn’t always get there
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  26. 7.0 |   FasterLouder

    EMA takes us through a sonic journey, weaving and pulsing through dark electronica not dissimilar to Nine Inch Nails
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  27. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    What's most disappointing of all about The Future's Void is that, for all its heady ideas and pretty moments, in almost all ways it's a regression from Anderson's earlier work
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  28. 6.0 |   Q

    Frustratingly divided record. Print edition only

  29. 5.8 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    The biggest offense The Future’s Void commits is that even when it’s successful, it still sounds cold
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