Future Islands
On the Water


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nikkolae USER (21 Reviews)
October 12th, 2011 | 57 replies | 7,744 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If “In Evening Air” was the soundtrack of a heart purging out its pain and regret, “On the Water” is the soundtrack to a heart mending its wounds and moving on.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Break-ups are a though thing, it’s a moment of true emotional grief and regret, one where most of the things that mattered at some point or another are either discarded or no longer matter to either side, the stages of mourning, the awkward moments and silences, the things you wish you could of said but never had the courage to do so and the regret that comes with it, in no other way will any human being experience such a wide range of emotions at the same time frame than when it feels the gutting silence from its significant other.

In Evening Air saw Baltimore’s Future Islands at this stage, the wide range of emotions displayed in each song, the silly energy from a moment of clarity amongst the wreckage of emotions, the peaks and valleys of picking up the pieces of a shattered heart and everything in between, but now, the aftermath comes, it’s a haunted road ahead, one which must be traveled alone, this is where their latest release “On The Water” fits in.

Its been a bold move from the trio, one that most bands couldn’t be able to bounce back from, most of the dance-y feel that In Evening Air had is all but gone now and its been replaced by a sober and mature atmosphere, the emotion is still there, and its as big as it ever was but now its restrained, focused, the vocals show singer Samuel Herring, as gruff as he ever was, pouring his heart onto the lyrics every time but something is different, he no longer belts out the somewhat regretful and hopeful at the same time “Call me, I’ll be there Always” from Inch Of Dust and now opts for a more grateful and retrospective “Whatever has us now, I cant forget somehow, For to forget a love is to regret” in the band’s lead single Before the Bridge.

The musicianship goes hand in hand with this new found peace-of-mind too, most notably the synth work is taken a couple notches down, almost completely gone are the dance beats aside both singles “Before The Bridge”, “Balance” and “Close To None” if you take away the first minute or so of ambient noise, but this change is not a bad thing, hardly, things have changed, the band has evolved and so has their sound, the baselines are as strong and powerful as ever, same thing goes with the drumming, its all still there, that somewhat somber but still wishful-thinking vibe that was the backbone of their previous album is indeed still there, but its changed, its evolved into a diferent being that’s completely accepted the cards as they were dealt in front of it but refuses to forget its past, and its because of this said vibe that On The Water succeeds at its musical purpose.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Nikkolae
October 12th 2011



4838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im not really good at reviews but i tried my best here.

Digging: Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2011



7326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Reads a little awkwardly in places but in the main this is a good review!

I had trouble deciding whether or not I liked this.

Nikkolae
October 12th 2011



4838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fix´d, album is a grower much like In Evening Air Was, but its a damn good one as well

wabbit
October 12th 2011



6989 Comments


I like this more than you do. On the Water and Tybee Island pretty much sum up why I listen to music.

Nikkolae
October 12th 2011



4838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the lyrics on Before The Bridge & Where I Found You are pretty much my favorite lyrics ever

wabbit
October 12th 2011



6989 Comments


oh ya where I found you is so good.

wabbit
October 12th 2011



6989 Comments


I don't have untitled on mine

Nikkolae
October 12th 2011



4838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its just a tiny outro, nothing too special

wabbit
October 12th 2011



6989 Comments


I thought it ends great. With the wind chimes from the beginning

Also give us the wind is the new best one.

mvood
October 13th 2011



818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i'm gonna keep listening to this till it gets better, hopefully

(couple of hours later) edit: yeah this has gotten better

wabbit
October 13th 2011



6989 Comments


If I wasn't a huge radiohead/frank turner/ tom waits (haven't heard it yet but...how can he not ace it?) fanboy this would be my aoty

Nikkolae
October 14th 2011



4838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

idk man, this is pretty good but there has been so much good music this year its real hard for me to decide

wabbit
October 17th 2011



6989 Comments


worst hype train ever

JohnGrady
October 18th 2011



153 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The Great Fire is fuckin heart wrenching.

Nikkolae
October 25th 2011



4838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this deserves so much more recognition

WeepingBanana
October 25th 2011



10103 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

indeed it does

Nikkolae
October 25th 2011



4838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i dont really dig Waves Like Home tho :[

Sleaper
October 26th 2011



3365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this needs more love! 3rd favorite album of the year.
truly spectacular album

btw, thank fuck someone reviewed this, i thought i was going to have to do it at some stage.
(reviewing skills are wretched)

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

Nikkolae
October 28th 2011



4838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

glad you liked the review and yes sadly not alot of people round here know bout this gem apparently

mvood
November 24th 2011



818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

or this band



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