Three Futures
TORRES - Three Futures
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #273 / 711
User Score
Based on 94 ratings
2017 Ratings: #261
September 29, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

There aren’t many hooks to be found here, which means a lot of Three Futures sort of blurs together. But it’s all hazily fascinating, flowing naturally through its various peaks and valleys, and it succeeds in Scott’s goal of being truly immersive listening—something that reveals itself to you in strange new ways each time you return.

83
Consequence of Sound
MacKenzie Scott continues to spread out as a songwriter with poise and confidence.
80
The Line of Best Fit

On Three Futures, Scott has cracked the shell of rage and resistance encasing her prior outings, emerging wiser and more mature in accepting, and even welcoming, that bad that comes with the good but, most importantly, she’s done festering and prepared to move forward.

80
DIY
It touches the heart and head with its examinations of love, lust and desire, and while it’s sometimes still a challenging listen, it’s easy to indulge in.
80
Paste

With Three Futures, Scott adds to her fascinating body of work with a fascinating album about bodies, defying church doctrine of sin and self-denial by embracing her own corporeal form “as a mechanism of joy.”

80
AllMusic

Working once again with Sprinter producer Rob Ellis, Scott spends most of Three Futures delving into the quietly unsettling side of her music as she explores sensuality in its many forms.

80
Pitchfork
“Fun” is not a word anyone would attach to Torres’ previous albums, but you can tell that Scott and her collaborators had a ball making this one.
75
Northern Transmissions
Ditching these basic structure she crafts some truly haunting and memorable music, making a lot out of looser compositions. This said it will not be for everyone and despite the powerful work behind may be a more testing than inviting listen.
75
The 405
The music is now lush where once it was loud, layered and thoughtful where it was immediate.
70
Rolling Stone

Singer-guitarist Torres' 2015 breakout, Sprinter, was a stirring study in spiritual reckoning. Her latest is even more raw, offering conflicted images of emotional and physical release over bracing industrial-rock textures co-produced by Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey).

65
Under The Radar

Where there is fervour, Three Futures stands up to be counted. Without it, the record rattles along at all too a subdued pace.

60
Loud and Quiet
There are moments that will test your patience, like the more placid, contemplative tracks, but ultimately ‘Three Futures’ should be credited for its brave openness and willingness to explore subjects not often written about in music.
Sep 20, 2017
hellodecatur
NR
For once St Vincent is copying Torres and not the other way around with the whole "ass on the right side of the album cover" thing.
Nov 27, 2017
75
Torres definitely made the better St. Vincent album this year.
Oct 18, 2017
61
Sonic exploration and expanding outside of comfort zones is always commendable, but it should be a means to an end, revealing something new and interesting about an artist. "Three Futures" treats its new sound like both the means and the end. No one can accuse Mackenzie Scott of not pushing herself, but it's unclear why exactly she went in this vaguely arty synthpop direction, since it doesn't suit her particularly well. It's an inherently hit-or-miss album, with her humor and bravery ... read more
Oct 11, 2017
bitterblossom12
64
Definitely give that Torres props for moving toward a more unique direction, trying new sounds, specifically electronic on this album, but as much as I liked the self-titled and Sprinter, there are a ton of moments on this album where I think the song is just lacking or Mackenzie's voice is annoying and overly reaching and overly dramatic. IDK, just didn't do it for me, there are certainly a lot of interesting ideas here though so it's still a solid effort. But like "Helen in the Woods', ... read more
Oct 5, 2017
Atlas
70
One of those albums that slowly draw you into a different dimension as you listen.
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END OF YEAR LISTS
#3/Earbuddy
#16/Newsweek
#27/Noisey
#28/NPR Music
#33/The Line of Best Fit
Track List
  1. Tongue Slap Your Brains Out
  2. Skim
  3. Three Futures
  4. Righteous Woman
  5. Greener Stretch
  6. Helen in the Woods
  7. Bad Baby Pie
  8. Marble Focus
  9. Concrete Ganesha
  10. To Be Given a Body
Contributions By
patton, thisisabtlgrnd, CoL1, Novell_sx


Added on: July 12, 2017