A Way Forward

Nation of Language - A Way Forward
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2021 Ratings: #262 / 699
User Score
Based on 91 ratings
2021 Ratings: #258
Liked by 6 people
November 5, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
PIAS / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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It can’t have been an easy task bettering their debut offering, but Nation Of Language have here – and, in turn, they’ve delivered a true modern-day classic of the synth-pop genre.


With their sophomore album, Nation of Language solidify themselves as mainstays of ’20s synth-pop music.


A Way Forward is Nation of Language at their best and boldest. By blending the organic with the synthetic, they’ve crafted a record so uniquely their own, they might as well have their own movement.

Northern Transmissions

Nation of Language succeed, once again, at offering a new wave record that thrills in its emotional depth and its sonic questing.


This swift sequel to last year’s Introduction, Presence finds the Brooklyn band's Ian Devaney's tremulous tones and Michael Sue-Poi's melodic bass lines cutting deep on heartbroken ballads Wounds Of Love and Former Self.


One of the best under-the-radar synthpop albums I've heard in a while. Nation of Language do a great job of turning the analog synth into something modern. With shades of everyone from Kraftwerk to John Maus to Devo, these songs use these nostalgic sounds to navigate the loss of love. The use of analog works twofold, as it creates a golden image of both the love that's no longer there and a sound that has become scarce in modern music. It's wonderfully put together, and at no moment does this ... read more


Nation of Language - A Way Forward

Genre: Synthpop
Country: US

Final Verdict: 59% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 641th / 1102

Highlight: This Fractured Mind

Made me think of:
Duran Duran
Flock of Dimes


In Manhattan - 3/5
Across That Fine Line - 4/5
Wounds of Love - 5/5 ❤
Miranda - 3/5
The Grey Commute - 5/5 ❤
This Fractured Mind - 4/5
Former Self - 3/5
Whatever You Want - 4/5
A Word & a Wave - 5/5 ❤
They're Beckoning - 3/5

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Added on: August 5, 2021