Three Futures

TORRES - Three Futures
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2017 Ratings: #305 / 898
User Score
Based on 122 ratings
2017 Ratings: #285
Liked by 1 person
September 29, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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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.

Consequence of Sound
MacKenzie Scott continues to spread out as a songwriter with poise and confidence.
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.

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.

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.”


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.

“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.
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.
The 405
The music is now lush where once it was loud, layered and thoughtful where it was immediate.
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).

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.

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.
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.
Three Futures : interesting thematic, relatively easy to listen
Skim and helen in the woods : sonically more interesting but more difficult to dig into the content.

I have good exceptions for this one !

Edit : Yup I knew it ! I think all of the tracks lack one thing that can make great songs but she has a good direction.
Torres definitely made the better St. Vincent album this year.
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
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
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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
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Added on: July 12, 2017