Everything Everything – 'Arc' album review
Read our 'Arc' album review and tell us what you think
Mon Jan 15 2103
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.
Watch 'Cough Cough' video now
After years of speculation and denial, Ride have finally reunited. Andy Bell and Mark Gardener tell us why they changed their minds
Internet prank, hipster art wank, or meta-pop genius? We investigate PC Music, the London clique shaking up the pop world
As iconoclastic, theatrical and gloriously unpredictable as ever, Iceland’s finest export tells us why she’s excited to headline Wilderness festival this August
The curator of this year’s Meltdown series talks us through his favourite acts on the 2015 line-up, from doom metal to flamenco royalty