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Album Review

Basically former Welsh indie It Band Mclusky with a new bassist (former Jarcrew leader Kelson Mathias), Future of the Left picks up pretty much exactly where Mclusky left off, with some of the electronic aspects of Jarcrew mutated into leader Andrew Falkous' nervy twitch-grind-shriek aesthetic on tracks like "Manchasm" and "Suddenly It's a Folk Song." Most of the album is devoted to tightly wound spurts of feedback and fractured rhythms, such as the first two singles "Fingers Become Thumbs" and "The Lord Hates a Coward." Falkous' lyrical outrage, daffy displays of dark humor and instrumental aggression will be welcome to old-school Mclusky fans saddened by that band's sudden 2005 split, but even with the welcome changes brought by Mathias' inclusion in the band, there's a certain staleness to Curses: over the course of Mclusky's three albums, they explored as much of this Pixies-derived territory as can be usefully explored, and songs like "F**k the Countryside Alliance" and "A Dead Enemy Always Smells Sweet" can't help but sound a bit like retreads to anyone with a copy of Mclusky Do Dallas.

Customer Reviews

Mark Foley was right, there are no, duds, on this album.

I wish someone had told me that the [CLEAN] box to the left of the track name meant that the album I just paid 16 bucks for is an edited version of the original. I'm sorry, but if I just bought the Statue of David and someone had cut his nut-sack off, I'd be pretty jacked off. Now, aside from that, this is a good, good album. Sure, if you were a Mclusky fan you're going to like it, but it's a lot more than "Mclusky : The Sequel". There's the requisite bizarre lyrics and Northern England quirkiness going on here, but the music itself starts with Mclusky and takes it a step further into abruptly noisy and pointy post Pixies dischord. It's like Falkous has taken the lid off what was previously being sat on by other band members and let the sludge flow. It's Slurm-a-licious. If you were following the bands Myspace site and were a bit dumbfounded by the tracks that were on the site at the begining for the year like I was, don't be. "Small Bones Small Bodies" which is currently on the site is very indicative of the rest of the songs on 'Curses'. And you know what that means, right? Just buy the frikken album.

album of the year

powerful without the cheeese, intelligent without arrogance ,forward looking without ignorance of the past. this album deserves many a listen by the discerning music lover


Just as The Mars Volta dragged At the Drive In to another level, Future of The Left take Mclusky beyond anything I had come to expect from it's members. This album restores my faith in Welsh 3 pieces !


Formed: 2006 in Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Scrappy Welsh noise rock trio Mclusky was one of the bright spots in the British indie scene's post-Brit-pop hangover, releasing three appealingly noisy albums -- 2000's My Pain and Sadness Is More Sad and Painful Than Yours, 2002's Mclusky Do Dallas, and 2005's The Difference Between Me and You Is That I'm Not on Fire -- before an acrimonious split in 2005, apparently due to intra-band tensions related to an incident on the trio's 2004 American tour where the band's van and equipment were stolen....
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