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Future Me Hates Me

The Beths - Future Me Hates Me
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #122 / 889
User Score
Based on 353 ratings
2018 Ratings: #147
Liked by 42 people
August 10, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Carpark / Label
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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.

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 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.
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.

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.
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.
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.

Northern Transmissions
It’s their unique personalities and relentless playing on this album that keeps you ecstatic while listening rather than bored.

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.


*Snores loudly*


Although it's generic indie rock, it's impossible for me not to enjoy an album like this. Sweet vocals and instruments and relatable lyrics make this one of the most comforting albums of the year.


I'm a total sucker for this.


Supremely fun indie rock. The vocals are light and fun, the guitars drive the song along and the bass & drums lay an extremely solid bed for everything to sit on.
It's innocently fun and that makes it worth the listen


this album makes me so happy, it’s basically what kept me sane during quarantine. (along with pokémon)

when this album came out, one of my moms coworkers recommended it to her and me because we both love this bubble gum indie rock stuff. we didn’t end up listening to it until late 2019, aka right before quarantine, and it’s been kind of my happy album ever since. the lyrics aren’t always super happy, about break ups and mental health, but it sounds so pleasant ... read more


A bit generic but it does what it wants to well, I can imagine this as the soundtrack in a coming of age movie. Also kind of repetitive.

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Added on: May 9, 2018