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Aqualung-10 Futures [LP]
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Aqualung

10 Futures [LP]

Format: Vinyl   Release Date: 01/27/2015
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    Track Title

    Time

  1. Tape 2 Tape
  2. Eggshells
  3. Be Beautiful
  4. Seventeens
  5. New Low
  6. Clean
  7. Hearts
  8. Shame on Me
  9. Everything
  10. To the Wonder

The seventh studio album from the British singer/songwriter, released after five years of retirement, during which Matt Hales (aka Aqualung) focused solely on his career as a producer, 10 Futures looks to the past on its opening salvo, the evocative, loop-driven "Tape to Tape." Built around the clicks and spins of a rewinding cassette tape -- analog sounds play a large role in 10 Futures, and the ambient city soundscapes and chirping birds feel as much a part of the songs as the melodies do -- and featuring the soulful falsetto of guest vocalist Joel Compass, it's a fitting re-introduction for an artist who spent time away from the front of the house behind the mixing board, and it's also the most playful song on the album. The slow-burn follow-up, "Eggshells," is more indicative of the LP as a whole, pairing deep, trip-hop-kissed beats with emotionally charged vocals; in this case it's a deeply Auto-Tuned Hales locking horns with English soul singer Lianne La Havas. "Be Beautiful Feat. Luke Sital-Singh," "Hearts (Spinwheeloscillate) Feat. Prides," and the worldbeat-blasted, Josef Salvat-assisted "Shame on Me" flirt with Coldplay-infused Brit-pop, but much of 10 Futures sounds like the work of the man responsible for penning 2002's "Strange Beautiful." Excessive James Blake-approved balladry aside, Hales' acumen for production is on full display here, as 10 Futures is a marvel of meticulous engineering, and while the material doesn't always live up to the sonic grandstanding, it never suffers because of it. [10 Futures was also released on LP.] ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi

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