Everything Everything – 'Arc' album review

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Everything Everything – 'Arc'

  • Rated as: 2/5

When falsetto singer Jonathan Higgs first squawked on to the scene in 2010 with his Everything Everything bandmates, we were entranced. The group’s bizarre, jazzy, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink style of rock had everyone paying close attention. Debut LP ‘Man Alive’ breached the Top 20 and helped inspire a slew of new acts favouring atypical time signatures (Alt-J, Django Django, Little Comets). However the Mancunian foursome haven’t managed to keep things sounding fresh, as ‘Arc’ comes across much like ‘Man Alive’, only slower. ‘Cough Cough’ is one of too few tracks that recapture the frenzied energy of old, with the rest of the record comprising mellow, shimmering strings (‘Duet’) and delicate guitars (‘Choice Mountains’).

Higgs sums things up when describing the record’s cover in the press release: ‘Here we are in jumpers, trying to keep it real.’ It’s just a shame ‘real’ now sounds so trite.


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