Future Women is the far-reaching and ambitious sophomore effort from Chicago's The M's. Gorgeous, sweeping three-part harmonies punctuate the album -- recollecting fuzzed out 60s-era Britpop and 70s-era T. Rex cut and re-formed with a glimpse toward the future.
1Plan of the Man (2:51)
2Shawnee Dupree (2:55)
3Going Over It (2:56)
4Trucker Speed (4:10)
5Light I Love (2:37)
6My Gun (4:10)
7Future Women (4:31)
8Never Do This Again (4:08)
9Mansion in the Valley (2:35)
11Darling Lucia (6:16)
The four M's call Chicago home, but with their fuzzy riffs and psychedelic melodies, they could be mistaken for a bunch of British tunesmiths by the names of Ray Davies, Damon Albarn, Marc Bolan, and John Lennon.
The Buffalo News
Future Women needs to be heard by people desperate for an album that takes them on a journey, sonically and emotionally, without being overly precious or self-important about it. The M's have delivered what I dare say is one of the first rock masterpieces of the new year.
The M's capture that glorious moment when the British Invasion bands of the '60s were still grappling with their love of R and B while flirting with the more sophisticated harmonies and hooks of classic pop songwriting.
The Big Takeover
The M's spirit and ambition make a convincing case for rolling back the calendar.
Not only does the Chicago foursome bring the raw power needed to make a good racket but they shelter the sound with the kind of sly wordplay and soulful pop breaks the Davies brothers made famous.
The M's aren't a UK rock band, but they do a ripping imitation of one on the title track of their debut album, Future Women, which sounds like an early-'70s Paul McCartney tune upgraded for the post-Strokes era.
Trucker Speed (4:17)Eric Fensler
Mansion in the Valley (2:37)Jonathan Johnson