In a righteous world, Andrew Falkous would be a rockstar thanks to Future Of The Left. Hell, he should’ve already been one years ago, back when he was still in mclusky. But I’m guessing he’s just a little too loud, too abrasive and too much of a smartass for most people.
Listening to “The Plot Against Common Sense” I’m not sure how much longer they’ll be able to stop him though. Future Of The Left’s synthy post-punk is über-efficient and Falkous’ observations are spot-on and further lift the band towards excellence. “Sheena Is A T-shirt Salesman”, “Failed Olympic Bid” and “Beneath The Waves An Ocean” is an opening trio that will leave your head spinning before they floor you completely with “Goals In Slow Motion” and “I Am The Least Of Your Problems”.
It’s just a shame that songs like “City Of Exploded Children” and “Camp Cappucino” weren’t left on the cutting floor. These feel a bit too much like filler, bouncing around on a single not so great idea and if they’d left those out, we might have been looking at a flawless album. Now it goes on just a couple of minutes too long.
But hey, if loud music and sarcasm are your thing, “The Plot Against Common Sense” will fulfill your every need. Or how many people do you know who can make every single word sound like the most sincere ‘fuck you’ ever?