On the Water (album)

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On the Water
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 11, 2011 (2011-10-11)
GenreSynthpop, alternative rock
LabelThrill Jockey
ProducerChester Endersby Gwazda
Future Islands chronology
In Evening Air
On the Water
Singles from On the Water
  1. "Balance"
    Released: July 2011

On the Water is the third album by synthpop band Future Islands. The album was released on 11 October 2011 on Thrill Jockey records.

The album was recorded in a friend's house in Elizabeth City, North Carolina between March and May 2011.[1] Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner duets on The Great Fire.

The album peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

Track listing[edit]

1."On the Water"4:52
2."Before the Bridge"3:59
3."The Great Fire"3:15
5."Where I Found You"5:44
6."Give Us the Wind"4:06
7."Close to None"6:19
9."Tybee Island"3:17


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The A.V. ClubA-[4]
Beats Per Minute70%[5]
Consequence of SoundB[6]
Drowned in Sound8/10[7]
PopMatters9/10 stars[10]
Tiny Mix Tapes4.5/5 stars[11]
Under the Radar7/10[12]

The album received generally positive reviews with Pitchfork giving it 7.7/10[9] and The A.V. Club giving it an A-.[4] The aggregated score from 21 critics on Metacritic is 80/100.[3]


  1. ^ "On the Water". Thrill Jockey. 11 March 2012.
  2. ^ "On The Water by Future Islands reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b "On the Water". Metacritic. 12 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Future Islands: On the Water". A.V. Club. 11 March 2012.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Aurora (12 October 2011). "Album Review: Future Islands - On The Water". Beats Per Minute. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  6. ^ Kane, Siobhán (14 October 2011). "Future Islands - On the Water". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  7. ^ Ashman, Neil (11 October 2011). "Album Review: Future Islands - On the Water". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  8. ^ Hodges, Carey (10 October 2011). "Future Islands: On The Water". Paste. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Future Islands: On the Water". Pitchfork. 11 March 2012.
  10. ^ Beasley, Corey (18 October 2011). "Future Islands: On the Water". PopMatters. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  11. ^ Bloom, J Arthur (10 October 2011). "Future Islands - On the Water". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  12. ^ Everhart, John (11 October 2011). "Future Islands: On the Water (Thrill Jockey)". Under the Radar. Retrieved 19 April 2018.

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