Everything Everything – 'Arc' album review

Read our 'Arc' album review and tell us what you think

0

Comments

Add +

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

Read more music features

The best albums of August

We round up the finest releases of the last month in music

iTunes Festival: who's hot, who's not

As the annual series brings some of the biggest names in music to London, we take the temperature of the pop world

Ceremony Festival: who's playing?

Dance the day away as deck experts from across the years battle it out at this new festival

The 20 best jungle tracks ever

The greatest beats and basslines, all rated and reviewed

See all Time Out music features

Users say

0 comments

Listen to 'Arc' on Spotify now

Read the latest album reviews

The Time Out verdict on the latest albums. This week: Ducktails, Biffy Clyro, The History of Apple Pie and more.

See our album reviews