17 January 2013
Everything Everything - Man Alive
Ask and you shall receive. Sometimes not what you want, but you will receive something at least. Last night I got a list of albums to review and some of them I have not heard before, some of them are familiar to me and some are price gems in the musical sea that surrounds my mind at the best of times. Everything Everything are so far an unknown quantity until today. Just like ships that sail past in the night, they have not even registered on my radar. So on the request of a friend I am diving in with their debut Man Alive.
Come out of various places in England, but residing in Manchester, these boys have been have been playing since 2007 and have been nominated for various shortlist of up and coming band of the year and (after a bit if research on my behalf) generally have NME falling over themselves to listen to them. Usually this is a sign for me to avoid the like the plague, me and NME bands tend not to have a good relationship. Not because they are on NME and I hate them, or that they turned me down for anything - never even been near that sort of level of stuff. It is just they seem to have a knack of hyping a band that makes me want to put pencils in my ears and slap my hands against my head. So once I had that piece of information I was a little apprehensive about this album.
From the off they do have a familiar sound, musically I can hear a bit of Yeasayer, Bloc Party, Erasure and I can see where Spector took some of their sound. The production is a very good job on here and none of the songs make me reach for a couple of HB's. But as music as I was enjoying the music, I found the singer to have a voice that made my head hurt. When they were singing in a low tone, it was bearable - but for the most part it was when he is trying to do the falsetto it just sounds like a cat being rolled down a hill as he chases a mouse and he trips over a branch. It spoils what could have been a decent little electronic indie hybrid.
If this is your cup of tea, then good on you. I have stuff I listen to which is not to other people's tastes and I don't want to run this band down as the music itself is well played. But the vocalist has just made it an album that is very hard for me to tolerate, let alone like or even love.
2 out of ten - If only there was some quality control
You can purchase from here
You can listen to on Spotify on here
- ► 2017 (149)
- ► 2016 (249)
- ► 2015 (267)
- ► 2014 (309)
- Days of rest - part 4....I think.....
- Dexys - One Day I'm Going To Soar
- Circus of Power - Vices
- Rage Against The Machine - Evil Empire
- Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machin...
- Ed Sheeran - +
- VCMG - SSSS
- J Mascis - Several Shades of Why
- London Electricity - Billion Dollar Gravy
- The Levellers - Zeitgeist
- White Zombie - Astro-Creep: 2000 Songs of Love, De...
- Machine Head - Supercharger
- Rush - Snakes & Arrows
- Joy Division - Closer
- Gotye - Making Mirrors
- Jeff Wayne - The War of The Worlds
- The Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law
- New Model Army - Thunder & Consolation
- Hot Snakes - Automatic Midnight
- Pig - Geniune American Monster
- Mansun - 6
- Silver Ginger 5 - Black Leather Mojo
- Biffy Clyro - The Vertigo of Bliss
- Approaching treble figures......
- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Henry's Dream
- Two Lone Swordsmen - From The Double Gone Chapel
- Kiss - Hotter Than Hell
- Steve Harris - British Lion
- R.E.M. - Monster
- Sugar - Copper Blue
- Fear Factory - Demanufacture
- Everything Everything - Man Alive
- Band of Skulls - Baby Darling Doll Face Honey
- Bad Brains - Into The Future
- Mother Firefly - Silence Sez It All EP
- R.E.M. - Accelerate
- The Slackers - Self Medication
- Robert Logan - Inscape
- Morthem Vlade Art - Organic But Not Mental
- Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotten Vegetables
- Public Image Limited - The Is PiL
- Edgard Varèse - Experimental Essentials
- Therapy? - One Cure Fits All
- Black Moth - The Killing Jar
- We Are Knuckle Dragger - Tit For Tat
- Far - At Night We Live
- Wam Bam, Thank You Ma'am!!! - Bowie through the ag...
- Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
- Ginger - Mutation:Error 500
- Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell
- Raging Speedhorn - Raging Speedhorn
- Delicate Steve - Positive Force
- Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
- White Rose Movement - Kick
- Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Safe As Milk
- Ginger - Mutation:The Frankenstein Effect
- Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Audio Orchestra - ...
- Ben Folds Five - The Sound of The Life of The Mind...
- Metallica - ...And Justice For All
- Nekromantik - Fairy Catcher
- ▼ January (60)
So, we have reached the end of the year and it's been an eventful 12 months! So much has happened, the standard of the records rel...
Who doesn't like an end of year list? No-one! They tell you they don't, but inside they secretly do. So, as we approach the e...
Has it really been that long ago since I started this blog? The first post (cleverly linked here) was posted on the 2nd December (o...
Alice Cooper is a legend that really doesn't need any introduction, if you're new to the game then you've got a little bit ...
New Language (stylised NEW LANGUAGE) is a band I found out about early this year whilst looking for songs for my radio show. As with a f...
Rightly or wrongly, They Might Be Giants will always be viewed as a ‘One Hit Wonder’ in the UK, which is a shame. If you mention thei...
Well, what a year it has been for releases. 2015 has been an incredible year for me with records and for the blog as well - ...
Seems like an apt image for the year (the other was the Grim Reaper laughing), 2016 has been a bit of a shit year in some ways and in oth...
Welcome to the final round-up review of 2017! Similar to the Round-Up posts I put up earlier in the year, I’m going to be posting some bull...
I never thought I would get the change chance to review a new album by Iron Monkey. It just didn’t seem possible for this legendary act...