As Long as You Are

Future Islands - As Long as You Are
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Based on 24 reviews
2020 Ratings: #445 / 793
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Based on 245 ratings
2020 Ratings: #612
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Spill Magazine
Overall, this is a brilliant album, a triumph of lyricism and sound from one of the most distinctive bands in the world today, an album in which every song achieves poignancy.
The Line of Best Fit

Burnished with all the hallmarks that have moulded the band into such a robust songwriting entity, As Long As You Are is a portrait of Herring and co at the top of their game - a collection of taught electro-pop numbers graced with poetic flair.


As Long As You Are is an endlessly rewarding listen, and it’s certainly worth the wait, but did you really expect anything else?

Northern Transmissions

As Long As You Are has a contemporary, or perhaps even forward-looking, moderation, that reflects a mature band working with established tools, rather than a newer one playing with digital toys.


"Don't fight it, feel it" might well be Future Islands' new mantra as Samuel T Herring winds down the blood-vessel-bursting in favour of more nuanced self-flagellation on the sumptuous As Long As You Are.

Loud and Quiet

As Long as You Are is the rejuvenated sound of a band who finally found what they are looking for. Dive in.

‘As Long As You Are’ maybe an unexpected handbrake turn for Future Islands and it may not be as hit-laden as its predecessor, but it’s a refreshing record in its own right and one that throws up plenty of existential quandaries.

Future Islands' sixth album, As Long As You Are, is more of the same -- deeply confessional synthpop -- and that's a beautiful thing.

The Observer
A sixth album from the Baltimore synth-pop band finds their music as urgent and impassioned as ever.
Future Islands could make a dozen more albums like this—existential yet hopeful, synth-dominate yet lightweight—and I wouldn’t complain once.
Spectrum Culture
In a lot of ways, this is the platonic ideal of what a Future Islands album should be.
Beats Per Minute

A bracingly personal listen, As Long As You Are is as impactful as the follow-up to Singles should have been; it’s the sound of a band taking control.

Consequence of Sound
A twinkling and pulsating slow burn that finds them employing many approaches that by now feel familiar to their sound, but still cohesive and captivating.

Future Islands' landscapes of sound are more intricately detailed here than they have been before. Their poetic angst has matured into something more subdued and dripping with acceptance.


It's worth checking out for the songs that work -- the group certainly haven't lost their touch when it comes to uptempo gloomy synth pop -- and the less successful moments aren't enough to sink the album entirely.

The Baltimore band goes back to the well for another record of languorous, heart-on-the-sleeve synth-pop that hits all its marks but smacks of diminishing returns.
Despite no huge leaps forward sonically, there are some fantastic scenes set to song.
A solid effort that would fare better with a little more exploration.
The Independent
It’s as hard to tell this Future Islands album from the last one as it is to tell one seagull from another. But that’s not to say they don’t all soar and swoop in a way that’s guaranteed to lift the heart.
The Sydney Morning Herald
Sombre albums from established artists are unsurprisingly the 2020 norm, but in this case what’s been lost was essential to their sound.

The phrase ‘why fix what isn’t broken’ springs to mind upon first listen of Future Islands’ newest offering Samuel T Herring is graced with the gift of story telling, and throughout the album - as he has done for the last decade – continues to pour his heart into every available crevice.

FLOOD Magazine
The interplay between the synthesizers, searching bass, sharp guitars, and his pleading voice on the faster tracks still work for them, but the limp delivery of the rest of the record taken as a complete piece is ineffectual at best.
After a breakout album in Singles from six years ago and a performance to back it up on David Letterman (seriously, if you haven't seen Herring show off his intense energy on that performance, please stop reading and go watch that before continuing) Future Islands have kept pretty low-key the last few years. Outside of their 2017 album The Far Field and Herring providing guest vocals for artists ranging from Busdriver to Badbadnotgood (also go check out Time Moves Slowly, my favorite ... read more
Damn, they got Morgan Freeman to narrate this one too?

For real though I think anyone could've made this and it would be rated the same, possibly even lower. It's pretty generic synthpop, the thing that makes it stand out are the vocals from lead vocalist Samuel Herring. His presentation is pretty cool. I feel you mostly hear women in synthpop so this was a nice change I guess. Nothing new or special.

Color: Clay Red
Favorite Tracks: For Sure
Worst Tracks: None!
Samuel Herring has undoubtedly one of my favourite singing voices in any band right now, and coupled with some gorgeous rushing synth passages à la Beach House, Future Islands is one of the most impressive indie pop acts out there. However, often the band uses Herring as a crutch too often, and the instrumental quality can slip as a result. As Long as You Are takes this notion to an extreme, as while Herring pours a metric ton of passion, variety and charisma into his gorgeous tone and ... read more
If you like the rest of their stuff you'll probably be cool with it. I'ts fine, but doesn't reinvent the wheel
One thing that looks distant for Future Islands is the probability to produce a bad album now that it has found its own, sonic essence, an essence that can bring a welcome acceptance but also an unwanted carelessness.
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Track List

  1. Glada
  2. For Sure
  3. Born in a War
  4. I Knew You
  5. City's Face
  6. Waking
  7. The Painter
  8. Plastic Beach
  9. Moonlight
  10. Thrill
  11. Hit the Coast
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Added on: August 12, 2020