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Future Leaders Of The World
LVL IV
Epic Records
www.sonymusic.com/artists/FutureLeadersOfTheWorld


The first thing that comes to mind listening to LVL IV is "Phil Tayler sounds an awful lot like Kurt Cobain." This comparison was actually enough to entice me to buy the premier album by Future Leaders Of The World. With a producer like Garth Richardson it simply has to be a great album right?

Wrong.

There are parts of LVL IV that I simply love, but the majority of the CD is redundant and incohesive. I couldn't help but giggle a little when I listened to "For Sale" because the comparison to "I'm A Fake" by The Used is inescapable. I challenge you, loyal HM readers, to listen to the songs back to back and see what you think.

The album isn't without its good points. Politically charged lyrics and songs like "Let Me Out", "Unite", "Sued", and "House of Chains" make me feel confident in saying that there are glimmers of talent beneath the mediocrity on LVL IV. This is a band that's still settling into their own sound, and what the CD lacks in substance the band makes up for with potential. We all forgave Incubus for Fungus Amungus, so who knows, maybe we'll be able to forgive the Future Leaders of The World for LVL IV.

-Emily Vandiver

Track Listing:

1. Spot Light
2. Everyday
3. Let Me Out
4. Kill Pop
5. Unite
6. Make You Believe
7. Sued
8. House Of Chains
9. For Sale
10. Your Gov't Loves You


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