Album Review: Everything Everything – Get to Heaven

Get to Heaven by Everything Everything

#aotd is Get to Heaven by Everything Everything. Musically, this album presents a super eccentric style of Indie-Pop which is comparable to Art-Pop and even Math-Rock at times. On this album, Everything Everything are quick to prove themselves as “not your average Indie band” with their unconventional instrumental stylings and their over the top to the point of parody vocals. It takes a bit of getting used to but when this album starts to click it is fantastic. The title track is a great example of the bands songwriting insanity, featuring cynical, tongue-in-cheek lyricism which wouldn’t be out of place on a Talking Heads song, paired with jangly guitars and a wicked falsetto hook. Happy sounding songs with dark lyricism are hardly rare but rarely do they sound so delightfully manic. The album doesn’t have to be going completely over the top to be compelling though as the more straightforward songs like “Fortune 500” and “Warm Healer” still carries enough introspective lyricism and instrumental flourishes to be interesting. The vocal performance on here can become a bit too ridiculous at points, especially on the annoying chorus of “Distant Past”. The hammy performance does feel fitting for the most part however, and the brilliant production does heaps to stop it being overly irritating. Most choruses on here are very well harmonised so they are both catchy and ridiculous. The instrumentation on here has a fluid sound not unlike genre heavyweights such as Bombay Bicycle Club but the spastic performances and songwriting elevates it way beyond mediocrity. The mainly instrumental B-side track “Yuppie Supper” is a great example of the band’s capabilities as they implement wacky time signatures and tonnes of musical variety as the guitars give way to synths and electronic percussion. Get to Heaven is an album that is occasionally too eccentric for its own good but is always exciting and unpredictable in the best way.
Rating: 3.7/5

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