- Singles

Future Islands - Singles
CRITIC SCORE
81
Based on 29 reviews
2014 Rank: #44 / 811
USER SCORE
79
Based on
378 ratings

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92
Northern Transmissions

Singles is leaps and bounds ahead of Future Islands earlier releases, which is no small feat considering the quality of their previous albums. It will undoubtedly make many year end lists, and is their best album to date.

90
The 405

All that brine is washed away on Singles, an album that throws off the shackles of the past and looks defiantly forward, not back.

90
musicOMH

Singles is a record that is experimental, yet hugely accessible. Future Islands have always tried to challenge their audience. As that audience looks set to grow ever larger, the band have set course for a thrilling pop journey.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Singles is an effortless wonder. Each and every track runs its course avoiding any pitfalls: they not once sound laboured or tryhard, and although this is still very un-standard pop, Future Islands fool you into believing this is the bar from which we gauge the charts.

90
Exclaim!

Singles is an album of big, enriching pop anthems, all of equal rank. It's rare to find an album this coherent and firm in quality. 

90
AllMusic

The vocals, the songs, the music, and the production work together to make Singles a one-of-a-kind experience that's nearly perfect.

90
FasterLouder

Singles is a taut album with no real lulls in energy or quality.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Future Islands are remaining relevant by crafting stimulating, quirky, synth-laden music that fuses the arcane with the universal; there’s a depth and complexity to their sound that’s lacking in many of their peers.

83
Entertainment Weekly

Their fourth album is their tightest, most complete effort yet. 

80
The Skinny

Singles is an impressively assured record, particularly in terms of its robust, coherent sonic palette, which layers ebbing synth chords and delicate guitar lines over an infectious, driving rhythm section.

80
Drowned in Sound

What they have created is a consistent work which showcases the band’s diversity as well as their skill and passion in making music which treads the ground between weird and wonderful.

80
DIY

Eight years since forming, four albums deep - there remains no other band sounding remotely like Future Islands.

80
NME

Get past the initial jolt of weirdness and you'll find in his delivery a soul-puncturing cry from the very frontlines of life, able to evoke both desperate tragedy and skyscraping joy all at once.

80
Pitchfork

Herring acts on impulse—at no point does he sound calculated or clever—offering an open invitation to the uninhibited, to the goofy, and the sentimental.

80
Spin

Get over Herring's Shatner-like earnestness like you did with Destroyer's Kenny G moves on Kaputt and you'll unlock the furrowed brows, baggy eyes and bulging veins beneath the metronomic perfection.

80
FACT Magazine

More sweeping and grand than any of their previous records, the trio’s fourth LP is by far their most cinematic, and if Singles‘ sound has a counterpart in Movieland it’s the films of Sofia Coppola. 

80
Under The Radar

Where previous albums were drowned in a wash of noise, Singles accentuates the band's softer tones and frames its wild bursts of energy with sharper focus. Singles makes Future Islands more accessible without sacrificing integrity.

80
The Guardian

Singles is an album overwrought with emotion. And like anything that thrusts itself at you in such a sincere way, you may either want to embrace its theatricality, or retreat from it. 

80
Mojo

In taming their wilder side, Future Islands’ ecstatic melancholy has never sounded quite so free.

80
NOW Magazine

There's nothing super-dark about Singles, but Herring has a tragic underdog quality. Beneath catchy pop hooks, there's deep-rooted pain in these love songs.

80
God Is in the TV

Listen to Singles ... and you’re made immediately aware that this is a band who have spent time honing their craft and perfecting their sound, and their fourth album is a glorious collection of soaring, uninhabited synth-pop gems for which Singles is the perfect title.

79
Paste

As easy as it is to enjoy, there is something fleeting in its pleasures, as if it isn’t quite complete without occupying the same spaces as the band. 

75
Consequence of Sound

Three years after their back-to-back records, time has served Future Islands well, especially given their expansive growth and their ability to forge their strongest qualities to precision.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Despite whatever changes have occurred, superficial, contextual, or otherwise, Future Islands have retained those things that have benefited them from inception: their sense of urgency, keen ear for drama, and their unrealized potential.

70
Rolling Stone

He pours out sad-ballad syrup like he's using it to clog a fresh wound. And sometimes the lyrics are as uncanny as the voice

70
Slant Magazine

Future Islands have never owned their sound so fully, even if they continually threaten to come off the rails or devolve into pure treacle at any moment.

70
Loud and Quiet

There’s a lot of infectious funk on ‘Singles’, and Herring as a vocalist can pull off soulful with palpable ease, but this LP still feels as though it’s one step away from Future Islands’ masterpiece.

60
PopMatters

By the end of Singles, not only are these not singles, they aren’t even the strong Future Islands songs from previous records.

60
Clash

Herring’s growling vocals prevent proceedings from becoming too gloopy or nostalgic, and make ‘Singles’ a new-wave treasure.

May 14, 2014
raymon
83
An album that is consistent and lives up to its title. It is catchy but maintains an element of depth and complexity to their songs. Watching this band perform live is something else.
Mar 25, 2014
lerkenfeldt
86
Singles is good the first time you listen to it, but like al great records, it gets better each time.
Mar 16, 2014
Caffro
84
These guys know how to write a catchy tune. My favourite release from Future Islands right here, every track brings something interesting to the table.

Herring's vocals never bothered me like some people, I actually always found his vocals to be pretty emotive and unique. He tones it down a bit on this album and I think some people may find these tracks more accessible because of it.

If you're into synth/electronic pop definitely check this out, it's one of the highlights of ... read more
Mar 28, 2017
90
Heavy metal voice. Synthpop music. Perfect!
Jun 18, 2016
75
Future Islands creates some goofy, dare I say, nerdy, synthpop. In the current music with so much insight, to see a band just joke around in such a mechanism is enjoyable, even if it feels insincere at points.

Favorite tracks: Seasons (Waiting On You), Back In The Tall Grass
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March 25, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Label
Chris Coady / Producer
Synthpop / Genres
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Track List
  1. Seasons (Waiting on You)
  2. Spirit
  3. Sun in the Morning
  4. Doves
  5. Back in the Tall Grass
  6. A Song for Our Grandfathers
  7. Light House
  8. Like the Moon
  9. Fall from Grace
  10. A Dream of You and Me  


Added on: January 8, 2014