Travels with Myself and Another

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Travels with Myself and Another
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Studio album by Future of the Left
Released 22 June 2009
Recorded February - March 2009
Genre Post-hardcore, noise rock
Length 32:57
Label 4AD
Producer Richard Jackson
Future of the Left
Future of the Left chronology
Last Night I Saved Her from Vampires
(2009)Last Night I Saved Her from Vampires2009
Travels with Myself and Another
(2009)
The Plot Against Common Sense
(2012)The Plot Against Common Sense2012
Singles from Travels with Myself and Another
  1. "The Hope That House Built"
    Released: 16 March 2009

For the 1978 memoir of the same name, see Martha Gellhorn.

Travels with Myself and Another is the second studio album by Future of the Left.

Background[edit]

Around summer 2008, the band started performing new tracks such as "Drink Nike" and "The Hope That House Built" at live shows. An additional 3 new songs ("VDFA," "Cloak the Dagger," and "Distant Jabs at a Soul," the last of which contains an instrumental section nearly identical to the ending of "Stand by Your Manatee") were captured on the live album Last Night I Saved Her from Vampires. In November 2008, the band cancelled the rest of their tour dates for the year in order to finish writing the second record. It was recorded at several sessions in studios in Wales and was released on 22 June 2009 on 4AD.

The track listing was confirmed by Andy Falkous on 27 March 2009, in a blog post on the band's MySpace page.[1]

The album was leaked online on 22 April, eight weeks before its release date. Falkous, posting a blog on the subject, said: "I'm not angry (in fact I don't blame you, unless you leaked it, in which case I WILL KILL YOU), just a little worried that the record we made will get lost amongst the debris and leave us playing shows [...] - fifteen people and a world of disillusion."[2]

On 18 May, a pre-ordering system was set up on the band's website which allowed an immediate download of the album, with the CD or LP being sent out closer to the June release date.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Clash Music (9/10)[4]
Drowned in Sound (9/10)[5]
NME (8/10)[6]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10)[7]
Planet Sound (8/10)[8]
PopMatters (7/10)[9]
SPIN 4/5 stars[10]
The Fly 4.5/5 stars[11]
Time Out (Sydney) 5/5 stars[12]

The album was awarded a 9/10 score by Clash Music, with the review instructing the reader to "just buy a copy, and PLAY IT FUCKING LOUD." [4] The NME also gave the album a positive review, awarding a rating of 8/10. Ben Patashnik writes: "Travels... feels like a product of 2009, a coruscating reaction to everything that makes us mad but which is never self-righteous or preachy."[6] Andrew P Street of Time Out Sydney concluded "Let's draw a line in the sand right here, people: either this is your favourite album of this year, or you're just plain wrong."[13]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Arming Eritrea" - 2:57
  2. "Chin Music" - 1:56
  3. "The Hope That House Built" - 3:41
  4. "Throwing Bricks at Trains" - 2:36
  5. "I Am Civil Service" - 2:17
  6. "Land of My Formers" - 2:47
  7. "You Need Satan More Than He Needs You" - 2:46
  8. "That Damned Fly" - 2:07
  9. "Stand by Your Manatee" - 2:08
  10. "Yin / Post-Yin" - 2:54
  11. "Drink Nike" - 2:33
  12. "Lapsed Catholics" - 4:15

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Recording Year Rank
Rock Sound Albums Of The Year[14] - 2009 9th
The Guardian Critic' Poll 2009[15] - 2009 17th
The Fly The Top 50 Albums Of 2009[16] - 2009 10th
Pitchfork 100 Tracks Of 2009[17] Arming Eritrea 2009 97th
Pitchfork Honourable Mentions[18] - 2009 -
NME 50 Best Albums Of 2009[19] - 2009 18th
NME 50 Best Tracks Of 2009[20] Arming Eritrea 2009 31st
Clash Top 40 Albums Of 2009[21] 2009 20th
Drowned In Sound Top Albums Of 2009[22] - 2009 21st
AV Club Top 25 Albums Of 2009[23] - 2009 14th
No Ripcord Top 50 Albums Of 2009[24] - 2009 18th
Dandelion Radio John Peel Festive 50[25] Arming Eritrea 2009 49th
Village Voice Pazz & Jop Lists Albums[26] 2009 67th
Village Voice Pazz & Jop Lists Singles[27] Arming Eritrea 2009 224th

(*) designates unordered lists.

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