Everything Everything: Arc – review


Everything Everything were a band in need of a good lie down. Their debut album, Man Alive, was in parts playful and poppy yet, like a hyperactive child, you often wanted to lock them in their room for a few hours until they had learned to speak calmly and clearly. They seem to admit as much, making clear their intentions to aim for the heart more than the head here (they loosened themselves up by recording drunk, they claim). Jerky opener Cough Cough may showcase them at their most self-consciously wacky, but The Peaks is at the opposite end of the spectrum, attempting the kind of stadium melancholia beloved of Elbow or Coldplay. Inevitably, Arc lacks coherence; it's the sound of a band working out who they want to be. Hopefully that'll be the band that combines both modes seamlessly, as they do on Kemosabe and Armourland, a sleek piece of robo-pop that links social breakdown with the emotional barriers we all put up.


Tim Jonze

The GuardianTramp

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