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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the indie pop/rock quartet formed at the University of Auckland was produced by the band's guitarist Jonathan Pearce.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
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  1. Aug 10, 2018
    83
    It can tend toward the simplistic--the title track apes early Weezer, for example--but the middle of the album (particularly “Not Running”) shows that when the band embraces its more rambunctious and harder-edged sound, it captures something powerful.
  2. Aug 9, 2018
    80
    Future Me Loves Me occupies a warm, energetic space between joyful hooks, melodic harmonies and lyrical substance.
  3. Aug 9, 2018
    80
    The album plays like a greatest-hits collection, and since it doesn't seem to cater to a musical or emotional middle ground, it makes for a guilt-free pleasure.
  4. Aug 9, 2018
    80
    With one foot in the 1990s and one in the 1960s and both eyes looking forward, it's hard to imagine the album's title will hold true, but the smart lyrics reveal complicated insights that might keep all prognosticators guessing.
  5. Aug 20, 2018
    80
    The whole album is vastly enjoyable, but it finishes in an especially strong way in a sequence that starts with exuberant, pop-buzzing “Happy Unhappy,” continues into the gorgeous, lushly harmonized, anthemic “River Run Lvl 1” and ends in that “Whatever” version gushed over two paragraphs above.
  6. Mojo
    Aug 20, 2018
    80
    This is taut, Blondie-cool guitar-pop with a finger on the self-destruct tab. [Oct 2018, p.90]
  7. Sep 4, 2018
    60
    Stokes lacks Barnett’s songwriting diversity, worldliness and clever wordplay; too many of the songs on Future Me Hates Me are interchangeable, built on quiet, jangly verses and fuzz-button sing-along choruses that lament the usual litany of “I” and “me” woes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Aug 10, 2018
    10
    this band f*cks, listen to this album IMMEDIATELY. super dope people and are so talented. those HARMONIES.
  2. Aug 23, 2018
    10
    Super catchy songs. Great vocals and lyrics. Just what you want from an album.
  3. Aug 24, 2018
    10
    Perfect guitar pop album. Not a bad song from first to last. The Replacements would be proud of Elizabeth Stokes and her bandmates!

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