AOTY 2018

Future Me Hates Me

The Beths - Future Me Hates Me
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #106 / 704
User Score
Based on 129 ratings
2018 Ratings: #117
August 10, 2018 / Release Date
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Indie Rock / Genres
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A.V. Club

Upon first listen, The Beths’ debut album, Future Me Hates Me, bleeds together too much, the songs slipping imperceptibly from one to the next. But soon enough, the bubble-grunge riffs and Motown-backup-singer “whoa-ohs” start to distinguish themselves.

Boasting tight, punchy songwriting, polished but unpretentious production, and an engaging personality in frontwoman Elizabeth Stokes, it channels both '90s indie rock as well as current sensibilities to great effect.
With one foot in the 1990s and one in the 1960s and both eyes looking forward, it's hard to imagine the album's title will hold true, but the smart lyrics reveal complicated insights that might keep all prognosticators guessing.
The Skinny

Despite the sad sincerity of Stokes’ lyrics, Future Me Hates Me denotes optimism by relying on light-hearted music and acerbic humour. It’s this rejection of earnestness that makes The Beths talented purveyors of music that’s heartfelt but never too serious, resulting in a perfect riposte to the kind of po-faced cynicism that’s typically associated with angst-y guitar pop.

God Is in the TV

Their debut album Future Me Hates Me, drowns any existential hand-wringing in a blissful bath of delightful high-energy guitar pop, convincing us that life and love really are worth all the hassle.

The album plays like a greatest-hits collection, and since it doesn't seem to cater to a musical or emotional middle ground, it makes for a guilt-free pleasure.
The 405
Their debut full-length sees them carve a niche all of their own.
Northern Transmissions
It’s their unique personalities and relentless playing on this album that keeps you ecstatic while listening rather than bored.
Rolling Stone
A wonderful little record that never lets up, piling on unassumingly buzzy fun until you start realizing you might be in the presence of a true power-pop monument.

Future Me Hates Me is one of the most impressive indie-rock debuts of the year, delivering on the promise of the Beths’ Warm Blood EP from 2016. It’s the kind of record you expect to come from a band’s third or fourth attempt: tight, hook-filled songwriting filled with energy and attitude, paired with lyrics that cut to the bone and a sense of confidence that betrays the record’s at-times slackened vibe.

I'm a total sucker for this.
Great No One - 7.0
Future Me Hates Me - 5.0
Uptown Girl - 6.0
You Wouldn't Like Me - 6.0
Not Running - 6.0
Little Death - 7.0
Happy Unhappy - 7.0
River Run: Lvl 1 - 5.0
Whatever - 6.5
Less Than Thou - 7.0
"Future Me Hates Me" is a fun dance album. Very enjoyable for a few listens but that's all as it has a certain expiry date.
Wouldn't call this punk, it's more of a standard indie rock affair. The vocal style, riffs and drum patterns are generally not that interesting and very standard to the genre. There's a consistent energy within Future Me Hates Me though and combining that with some of the more structurally intriguing moments of the record does make for a handful of good tracks. The Beths haven't brought any new ideas to the table and can be technically lazy in parts throughout. Future Me Hates Me stands as ... read more
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#6/God Is In The TV
#41/NPR Music
#69/Piccadilly Records

Track List

  1. Great No One
  2. Future Me Hates Me
  3. Uptown Girl
  4. You Wouldn't Like Me
  5. Not Running
  6. Little Death
  7. Happy Unhappy
  8. River Run: Lvl 1
  9. Whatever
  10. Less Than Thou
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Added on: May 9, 2018