Future Islands - Singles [Synth-Pop]
Here's a band that shot to fame with their performance of 'Seasons' on the Letterman show, and it's not surprising to see why. Samuel T. Herring reams with energy and passion on every word he belts out, so much so that the sudden death metal vocals he executes near the end of the song don't sound that out of place (ha, now that's something that should challenge metal bands!). I've been listening to this album repeatedly since its release in April and I have to say it's one of the better pop albums of the year.
I won't go through song by song since most of the songs follow the same pattern. The other band members, keyboardist Gerrit Welmers and guitarist William Cashion don't actually do all that much to stand out. Herring is the man who carries the entire album through, elevating otherwise cheesy lyrics (though not terrible) with his theatrics and confidence. Arresting moments like that screams on 'Falling From Grace' are the ones that make this album.
Sound-wise, it's at a mediocre DR5, again pretty strange for an otherwise minimalist album. Since Herring's voice is the centre of attention, there isn't much else to add. The synth sounds are pretty well done in my opinion.
On a side note, I really must find more things to say on non-metal albums. This has been a great pop album that I am sure other metalheads may love.