JULY: Get to Heaven – Everything Everything

So so sorry this is so late. July is nearly over, and alas I’ve been unwell. Anyway, plenty of time to digest this fine album, huh?

I thought this might be a bit more of a curveball after a straight run of albums we’ve all pretty much liked. So I’m dying to know what you think – though from what I’ve heard, you’ve warmed to it to.

EE are an odd proposition – odd to me because I know the bass player Jeremy via his partner Katie. He is a deeply lovely man and I’ve always wanted to like the band more than I actually do. They have so much going for them that I like – that uptight arthouse funk thing is right up my street – anything that descends from the Talking Heads line is going to get my vote. They’re GREAT live, they’re fine musicians, and they know how to write a killer melody.

The insurmountable problem I’ve had in the past is with lead singer Jonathan Higgs’s voice. Male falsetto is always a tricky beast, up high in the register and it can sound pure and unfettered, but lower down the register near the ‘crack’ with the normal voice, it can sound violently horrible. So I’ve heard their music over the past years, and time and time again, I’ve nearly dipped my toe in the water, but something has stopped me. I’ve had a listen on Spotify, and thought to myself – I couldn’t stomach a whole album of this. Same thing happened with Wild Beasts (bought 2 albums, never listen to either).

Something changed when I first heard Distant Past (btw, how crazy is that video? Brilliant and brutal). The moment I heard it, I thought: this is BRILLIANT. And then came Regret. Same. Something had clicked. Maybe his voice has smoothed out, but my god, those choruses. They’re like the best music of your childhood belting out in your head. They’re *irresistible*.

When I first heard the album as a whole, I thought it started incredibly strongly, then faded a bit. As time has gone on – and I’ve played this a LOT – that’s changed. I’m not sure there’s a genuinely weak track on there. And now I’m wondering whether I’ve dismissed their earlier work too quickly – or whether they’ve just hit a new high watermark.

I love the queasy mix of glorious pop melodies and his eloquent, angry and paranoid lyrics. It’s quite overwhelming at times, but hell, we don’t get to say that much about pop music these days. I love it very much. And so, weirdly, do my kids, even though they keep asking me about the lyrics, “Why does he feel like a fat kid in a pushchair?” Good question, kids.

Anyway, over to you. Have Everything Everything got That Something?

4 comments

  1. whyohwhyohwhy

    Brorther David, this is an excellent choice. I actually came to Everything Everything late as well. They were all over 6 Music and I heard them out. My friends raved about them as well, and yet even though I loved Kemo Sabe, and the intricate, angular melodies, for some reason I didn’t explore further. I know that Jonathan Higgs’ voice can be pretty marmite, but to me it sounded different and fresh, and interesting, and the influences of Talking Heads are writ large.

    I saw them live a couple of years ago and bought Arc and loved it and wondered what I was doing never having got into them before. They were great live as well, and since then I’ve seen them at Glastonbury as well, and they were ace. The new album didn’t quite have the impact of Arc, but it’s really grown on me, and I really like it. It’s not the fanboy love I have for the likes of Hot Chip, LCD, Radiohead, by a long way, but it’s something I’ll keep listening to. There’s not really a weak song, and I’m looking forward to seeing them at Brixton in October.

    Clearly Distant Past and Regret are great (and their videos are definitely an extra dimension too), but it’s a really strong list. Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread and Fortune 500 got me right away, and Get To Heaven is really really funky, and not in a bad way. It’s summery pop, but then it’s got depths to it as well.

    Good choice, another one in a strong strong year!

  2. whyohwhyohwhy

    Hey brothers, where’s the comments? I want to know what people think.

    I really really love this album. It’s had songs spinning round in my head for the last two weeks, and I can’t wait to see them in Oct. It’s a real earwormer for me, and the more I listen the more I appreciate the songs. There’s nice layers and panache there.

    Opinions!!

  3. misterstory

    So sorry. Been so busy.

    I love this album I really do. They feel like a very British TV On The Radio? Its very clever without feeling wanky and the lyrics are brilliant. It ticks lots of boxes and has had a lot of play from Mr Story.

    Is that a pop track written in 5/4 by the way?

    No reptiles is my highlight.

  4. nolankane706

    Very much like brother David I’ve historically not been sure how to take or where to place Everything Everything. Heading into this album I knew the two singles and liked them, though doubt I would have bought the album.

    The first time I listened to the album I was at home working and listening on my laptop, it didn’t do much for me. Infact it was shelved as I decided that I would hold off until I could road test it in my car. I then forgot to do so for a while. When I finally remembered to do so I regretted (reference song 4) every day that it had been sitting on our kitchen table. This album is a driving album. I love this album in my car! The constant out of tune singing and dash board drumming with this album has created much abuse to my poor car.

    There is allot to say about an album’s order. I think they have nailed it with this offering. It nicely builds and is just long enough for you left wanting for more.

    The stand out tracks for me are all of them at the moment, sorry I’m struggling to pin it down to a few.

    Like brother David this album has become a popular choice with everyone in the house. Though I do worry that Luke may pick up some of the lyrics, ei. ‘Old enough to run, old enough to fire a gun’, ‘Swing the hammer, skull exploding on you, on all of you’ and so on.

    Well done brother David, another strong album. No pressure to brother Joseph for next month.. ha!

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