The Plot Against Common Sense

Future of the Left - The Plot Against Common Sense
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2012 Ratings: #70 / 946
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Based on 19 ratings
June 12, 2012 / Release Date
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Xtra Mile / Label
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A.V. Club

Plot smoothes some edges and makes others more ragged, but the songs, shaped by the sharp guitars and martial drumming, are some of the strongest Falkous has ever written.

Drowned in Sound

This is Future of the Left's finest hour so far, no doubt, but I am certain that the best is yet to come as this monster continues to evolve.


By their standards this is the quartet at their most exploratory and adventurous. 

Beats Per Minute

As tight as ever, the band’s ear for hooks provides a litany of widescreen choruses, allowing some glossy respite from half-screamed, half-spat verses. 

No Ripcord

Although it's not as memorable as it should be, it still burns with the band's unique misanthropy.


It's a shame that Falkous is playing to the cheap seats on The Plot Against Common Sense, since, to paraphrase one of their best songs, we need Falkous more than he needs us.

Imagine one car, five people: four of them diabolically grinning (one is wondering if the car radio's broken). A six year old keeps begging for 'that plastic bags song'. Need we say more? That might be not your average household, but it's mine, and we luuuuurrrrvvve this album!
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#18/A.V. Club

Track List

  1. Sheena Is A T-shirt Salesman 
  2. Failed Olympic Bid 
  3. Beneath The Waves An Ocean 
  4. Cosmo's Ladder 
  5. City Of Exploded Children 
  6. Goals In Slow Motion 
  7. Camp Cappuccino 
  8. Polymers Are Forever 
  9. Robocop 4 - Fuck Off Robocop 
  10. Sorry Dad, I Was Late For The Riots 
  11. I Am The Least of Your Problems 
  12. A Guide To Men 
  13. Anchor 
  14. Rubber Animals 
  15. Notes On Achieving Orbit
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