Album Notes - Everything Everything - Re-Animator

Album Notes - Everything Everything - Re-Animator

September 24, 2020

If this is your introduction to the band, you are probably getting off on the wrong foot...

Let's get this out of the way: Yes, Everything Everything took their name from the first two words uttered on Kid A. Yes, songs like "It Was a Monstering" and "Moonlight" sound like they could slide right onto In Rainbows and the album might be even better with their inclusion. Yes, Jonathan Higgs' falsetto is at times a proper Thom facsimile. That said, most of those claims would have largely been baseless on Everything Everything's previous studio releases. In fact, the majority of their prior output resides more in the same air exhaled by fellow countrymen Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Little Comets, than the quintet who have spawned countless imitators the globe over. 

Viewing Everything Everything and their latest release, Re-Animator, through the lens of the group formerly known as On a Friday is a serious disservice to the Manchester gang. While some of the above could also be levied against 2017's A Fever Dream, here the band demonstrates a willingness to expand their range but still sound, above all else, like Everything Everything. The "dancier" aspects of much of their earlier efforts are toned down and the result is a more subdued affair. And yet, they balance a playful bounce while maintaining that pervasive stiff upper lip aesthetic so often ascribed to those of their nationality.

If Re-Animator doesn't do it for you, check out their previous work. This is not a band that exists in the shadow of another. It's one that has been making quality music for the last decade and has carved out their own well-deserved place in the spotlight, most of which bears little resemblance to any progenitor.