Autolux
Future Perfect


4.0
excellent

Review

by cometuesday USER (36 Reviews)
September 15th, 2007 | 47 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With this promising debut, Autolux provides a highly accessible, stand out listen that does not lose its charm or burn out quickly.

I suppose that I could accredit Trent Reznor for my own personal discovery of this band. Being a Nine Inch Nails fan, I had read some time ago that Autolux was one of Reznor's favorite bands at the time and noticed that they were on the ticket for portions of the With Teeth tour. Unfortunately, when the tour had come through my city they were not listed as any of the openers (I instead endured Peaches). No matter though, I figured I would look into it at a later time and see what it was all about. So, eventually I looked it up on the iTunes, read some of the user comments and felt further compelled enough to go ahead with it.

Looking back, I'm not necessarily sure exactly what I was expecting, but I'm guessing I was under this impression that it would be something similar to or even in the vicinity of the Nine Inch Nails sound. This would explain my wavering certainty on my decision as the first few opening tracks left me furrowing my brow to the allusions to indie-pop sound. Admittedly, I begrudgingly allowed myself the full listen of Future Perfect and set it aside (so to speak) for the time being.

Fortunately for me I did in fact give this album more than the one listen and, more and more, I found myself not only capable of enjoying this but needing to listen to it often. Perhaps time permitted all preconceived notions, unintentional and subconscious as they may have been, to fade away and allow me to really appreciate the album. The entire experience is an enchanting one, uplifting without being overly up-beat, and adequately engaging for the listener without being overbearing.

One of the things I enjoy most about this band and particularly this album is the vocal work. While most of the album's singing is left to bassist Goreshter, drummer Azar oftentimes complements and in some instances contributes on her own. All of which is very easy to listen to, as for me each listen to the record is reminiscent of an edgier Elliott Smith sound and even, to a lesser extent, The Beatles. Their vocal harmonies wade effortlessly through the pools of dreamy guitar textures that swirl tentatively at times and soar into the sky in others.

Though one may be convinced otherwise upon the first listen, this is a very unique release to its genre. I previously stated my opinion accordingly, but most would be comfortable with placing this amongst other indie or even indie-pop bands as nearly if not every track is quite catchy. The opener Turnstile Blues will challenge any listener to not chant "shake shake shake shake shake shake the clouds" long after they've finished listening to the entire album. On the other end, closer Capital Kind of Strain will haunt in the same manner, which is likely why I've had a hard time getting this off of my current playlist.

What sets this apart is that there are no gimmicks, no sacrificing one song for the sake of accessibility. While the entire album itself is very, very accessible it is consistently so, even when drifting away to slight tangents. The acoustic Great Days for the Passenger Element, for example, brings the Elliott Smith likeness to its full effect, and Asleep at the Trigger is a track that provides a brief detour while highlighting Azar as the vocal presence. In whatever direction Future Perfect heads it eventually finds its way back, be it through short transitional song introductions or the straightforward interjection of guitar riffs to kick things off.

All things considered, Autolux really shines on this record and doesn't slip up along the way. They manage to avoid falling into lulls despite some more reserved songs and are constantly engaging the listener with something new, maintaining the catchiness and accessibility without becoming redundant. On a personal note, I am particularly impressed that they have managed to not only win my approval (and Reznor's) but also have me looking forward to the sophomore release in a genre that I am not able to enjoy often. Pick this up, give it a few listens, and it is very likely that you'll not only be humming some of the melodies but keeping it in your iPod or stereo by the end of the week.


Recommended Tracks:
Turnstile Blues
Sugarless
Great Days for the Passenger Element
Here Comes Everybody



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DeadToPain
September 15th 2007


694 Comments


this album doesn't remind me of Failure as much as i thought it would. this is very good, i've been listening to this consistently for a year now, and it hasn't lost any of it's appeal. good review.

cometuesday
September 15th 2007


959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Forgot to recommend tracks! /edit

joshuatree
Emeritus
September 15th 2007


3744 Comments


this is a good review, though i can't imagine any band sounding like elliott smith opening for NIN.

DeadToPain
September 15th 2007


694 Comments


believe it sir. they really at times are reminiscent of elliot smith

cometuesday
September 16th 2007


959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

At times, yes.

KritikalMotion
January 24th 2008


2281 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Turnstile Blues is great.

Slipping Away
April 19th 2010


1260 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I should probably check this out

Slipping Away
April 20th 2010


1260 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

After my first listen I'd have to say rhis is pretty great, can't wait for their next album to come out (whenever they're going to eventually release it)

deadwing
April 28th 2010


6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

funny how I discovered this band exactly the same way as the reviewer did.

I've fallen in love with this album and still play it regularly since a couple of years.

August 3rd marks the release of the new album Transit Transit. Can't wait!

eternium
June 2nd 2010


16358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sputnik needs to be more aware of this amazing album.

AggravatedYeti
June 2nd 2010


7683 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

agreed, 100%

Slipping Away
June 2nd 2010


1260 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

can't wait till transit transit comes out...finally

eternium
June 2nd 2010


16358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

August. I call dibs on reviewing it!

Slipping Away
June 16th 2010


1260 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This really does sound like failure at times

omgbecky
September 29th 2010


499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm developing an unhealthy obsession with this album.

MassiveAttack
December 1st 2010


2754 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Late to the party chamber

bry11
July 1st 2011


102 Comments


this is such an amazing album

musicConsumer
January 31st 2013


494 Comments


Was looking for something akin to Failure. This sufficed nicely.

ShinTensei
July 27th 2015


39 Comments


Wow great stuff. Love his voice and the guitar work. Ive got turnstile blues playing. Time to finish the album . Ill post a rating in a bit.

anat
Contributing Reviewer
April 25th 2016


5774 Comments


Drums on Turnstile Blues are some of indie rock's best



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