Future of the Left
Curses


4.0
excellent

Review

by Durmo USER (1 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2014 | 6 replies | 436 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sharp, catchy and ....hilarious

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Emerging from the recently broken up McClusky and Jarcrew in 2005, Future of the Left released their debut album "Curses" in 2007. Frontman Andy "Falco" Falkous began to explore different ground than on previous McClusky releases, namely using more synthesizer than ever before!

"Curses" opens with "The lord hates a coward", a raw, sludgy noise-rock tune dotted with unbelievably piercing screams by Falco in the chorus "Get some, no pressure son". However, the album really kicks off with "Plague of onces", displaying the band's full arsenal with a dark bassline, sporadic guitar, inventive drumming, poppy hooks and relentless vocals.

The lyrical themes of all of FotL's releases are spontaneous and hilarious, you just have to look at their song titles or watch an interview to see that this band is not afraid to take the piss. Highlight track "Manchasm" features the side-splitting proclamation of Colin's feline tendencies, accompanied by dancey synth riffs. Political and satirical undercurrents also crop up throughout the album, though less than on subsequent releases.

The synth tracks are mainly the highlight of "Curses". Great use of bass fuzz pedal hold the songs up and make up for the lack of guitar. "Team:Seed" an onslaught of fuzzed out bass and irresistible catchy synth clocks in at just over 1 minute and demonstrates FotL's ability at writing blisteringly catchy, straight to the point songs.

"Curses" is a fantastic debut, firmly cementing Future of the Left on solid ground to explore their original niche of "***-you-pop".

Highlight tracks:
"Manchasm"
"Small Bones Small Bodies"
"Team:Seed"
"Plague of Onces"
"adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood"


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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 2nd 2014



11552 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sweet

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 2nd 2014



7305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuck yeah

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TheBarber
June 2nd 2014



1598 Comments


haven't jammed this one but heard it was their weirdest, anyway you can't go wrong with this band

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JJOMan
June 2nd 2014



207 Comments


I also haven't heard this yet, but I like future of the left a lot

MonotoneMop
June 3rd 2014



147 Comments


Definitely jam this one, then. It's probably a bit more homogeneous than their later works, but "Suddenly, It's A Folk Song" and "The Contrarian" definitely stand out stylistically and successfully. The rest of the album kicks ass but took a bit longer to grow on me than Travels and How To Stop Your Brain.

deathschool
June 3rd 2014



5925 Comments


Sweet review. Pos. haven't heard this one. Their other three albums are sweet tho.

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