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Arc

Everything Everything Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Jan 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rca
  • ASIN: B0093TAQA8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Arc is the follow up album to Everything Everything's Mercury Prize-nominated debut Man Alive, and continues to deliver the unique sound that has become the trademark of the indie art-rockers from Manchester.

BBC Review

There used to be talk of “that difficult second album” for British indie bands, but a more recent syndrome has been the follow-up to the tentative debut that signals an artistic and commercial breakthrough.

Everything Everything have returned with an album that finds them calming down their madly jerky math-pop in a considered bid for the mainstream, one designed to capitalise on the top 20 success of their 2010 debut – and Mercury Prize nominee – Man Alive.

Singer-guitarist and principal songwriter Jonathan Higgs has been described Arc as a simpler distillation of his ideas and a more direct expression of his feelings, which tended to come across before in unstoppable torrents.

There are songs here that comprise bite-size fragments of multifarious melodies, drawing on myriad influences. But there are also tracks that sustain one tune and tempo over the duration, where previously only three or four would do.

Of course, all things are relative: there are still occasions when Everything Everything sound like a riot in a melody factory. And they still sound furiously intelligent, like Manchester’s anti-Oasis. If Alt-J and Django Django marked the victory of brainy indie boys over rock lads in 2012, it was Everything Everything who blazed a trail for them.

Arc appears to have been assembled by pop professors familiar with algorithms – or should that be all-go rhythms? Higgs is more likely to sing about Geiger counters and Richter scales than he is cigarettes and alcohol. First single Cough Cough is science fiction dance music, less funky than jerky, like a prog version of RnB: think Timbaland if he cocked an oblique ear to Yes.

Producer David Kosten gives everything a bright, clean sound, all the better to hear Higgs employing that opinion-splitting falsetto of his as he wails about “genuflecting in a penitent way”, as he does on Kemosabe, or alluding to the Falklands and the Balkans as he does on Undrowned. It’s no clearer what Higgs is singing about, but he at least makes you want to sing along.

And you can imagine this working live – the riffs and choruses, when the band settles on them, are hooky enough to become crowd-pleasers. They haven’t quite decided on a mood: The Peaks is slow and sepulchral, while Don’t Try has the angular punch of Peter Gabriel at his best. But they're moving in the right direction. Their third album should be massive.

--Paul Lester

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile, melodic, challenging, satisfying 15 Jan 2013
By John Tierney VINE VOICE
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This is an essential purchase if you liked Everything Everything's first album Man Alive. Building on that excellent debut, Arc feels more controlled, slightly more consistent and has some wonderful flowing, complicated but accessible tunes. You know you're being challenged when the first lyrics on the first track are "(Cough cough) Yeah.... (Cough cough) So.... (Cough cough) Um.... (Cough cough) Wait a second...." but don't worry - it's just Everthing Everthing messing with you right from the start.
Jonathan Higgs's typically falsetto voice lends a tenderness undercut with menace to twisting, challenging lyrics (you'll need them as you did for Man Alive). The first 7 tracks belt out finely crafted song after song, with a brief pause for the short, slight title track.
Nothing quite like the almost-commercial-but-too-clever-to-be Photoshop Handsome from Man Alive is here, although The Peaks is reminiscent of the stark beauty of NASA Is On Your Side (the best track from Man Alive for me).
Armourland, Choice Mountain, Duet and (the first single) Kemosabe jump out initially as wonderful exercises in writing and performing intelligent, non-conformist pop. Undrowned starts like a poem set to a nursery rhyme, but builds and builds. It all flows wonderfully and although this is written after only a few plays I think this will build to become one of those rare albums where you don't want to skip a track. This album, like its predecessor, almost hides the complexity and stream of consciousness lyrics, which are right out there and demand you to read along to the songs. Feet for Hands is both weird and joyful ("let's get up off the floor and use our feet for hands").
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as hoped 26 May 2013
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First 2 tracks 'cough cough' and 'kemosabe' are excellent and the reason why i bought this album after seeing them on 'later with Jools Holland'. I was excited i had found a new shining light in what is a very ordinary music scene and has been in my opinion for years. I was dissapointed to find that none of the rest of this album comes close to being of the quality of the first 2 songs. track 4 'Duet' is best of the rest. I usually go on itunes to listen to a bit of each song to see if its worth buying the whole album as there are many albums with 'fillers' that are quickly forgetable. In this case my excitment of the 2 fore- mentioned songs made my buy Arc as i hoped for more of the same. I would only recommend downloading tracks 1,2,4 to avoid the same dissapointment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album 25 Mar 2013
By Kane
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Everything Everything's second album is absolutely great. Whilst the first album seemed like quite a mash up of different musical types and seemed very experimental, this album seems to show that the band have found their own sound and the songs seem more consistent. The quirky lyrics and upbeat music make for very catchy music, and as soon as the album finishes you'll want to start it again straight away. Brilliant album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album with some truly sublime tracks! 15 Mar 2013
By Antf
Format:Audio CD
One of my favourite albums of the past few years already, so many awesome tracks I cannot recommend this album enough!!!
Great production values, melodies and I just keep having to repeat some of the tracks as there so good....I've even had the wife ask who they are so must be good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 21 Jan 2013
By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I am really digging this CD. Not normally a fan of Radio 1 but last summer I heard the first single from the album, Cough Cough, being played a few times and was instantly hooked. The band were interviewed and started riffing about their inspirations, rather than the usual 'my girl left me' or 'I really fancy so and so' they were blasting on about time, space and stepping outside of the universe.

Anyway, I wishlisted this CD and got it upon its release. I basically bought this blind, the only song I had heard was the Cough Cough single, so I was a bit worried that the rest of the CD would be filler rather than killer.

Wrong! The tracks are all so strong, they all shine and stand on their own two feet.

The music is so different, the lead singer sounds a bit like Chris Martin doing falsetto and singing about gym freaks and coiled hearts but its all good. However, rather than other 'different' music which can sometimes be a little inaccessible (I'm thinking Animal Collective, Maps etc.) this is different but immediately strikes a chord.

Even my wife and kids have been singing along, Kemosabe and Duet seem to be particular favourites. Family friendly is all to the good, when I play Neutral Milk Hotel I get chased out of the room and Hollywood Undead? Forget about it, too much cussing.

If you like good music that has been well produced check this out, complex but accessible, multi-layered and interesting, way better than the trailerloads of pap that is currently being shipped by the studios.

Utterly essential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds familiar 4 April 2013
By Tony
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Haven't heard the first album so bought this based on the Q Magazine Review. To me it sounds like the 80's band 'It Bites' I like them so I do think that this album is very good but if you are familiar with It Bites you'll know what I mean
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By Dr Bin
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A brilliant album. I didn't think it was going to be possible to top the 1st one. All the influences are still there but the sound is maturing so to me they still end up sounding like nothing you have quite heard before. This 1st album only came out of the car when the second one was released. I never tire of listening to this band and I find something new in the songs each time I listen to them. Endlessly creative and full of real intelligence and craft. I cannot wait to hear more!

This band are fantastic live as well. Recent Cambridge Junction gig was simply amazing! Do not let this band pass you by!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Simply amazing. So refreshing to hear a genuinely original sound finally!
Published 23 days ago by MR B R BEECH
5.0 out of 5 stars These guys are great, especially on wax
These guys are great, especially on wax. I saw them at Glastonbury and they were much better than the Stones.
Published 1 month ago by abugintheground
4.0 out of 5 stars Cor lummy, busy and alive
Loved almost every track on this album. So many shades, so much going on, catchy to boot! Liked less the Radiohead influence, but can hear so many (influences) it is a joy to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lampgirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit irritaitng
The vocals do not change so it can be a bit annoying after a while. Ok if mixing up with other music
Published 5 months ago by 3turn
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius band
Fantastic live - and the album isn't overproduced and doesn't lose the raw musical quality they bring to every tune they create.
Published 7 months ago by J. Aitken
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Bought this on the strength of the Kemo Sabe single, which is just awesome. The rest of the album is good, certainly miles better than their first effort which was just trying to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Old Dead Pig
5.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent but brilliant
"Kemosabe" is excellent. They played live on Later and that was their best rendition. The other tracks don't have the same long-lasting impact, but they grow on you, and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stephen Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Arc
I heard Everything Everything on Jools Holland and straight away thought they were great. This music is just up my street. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Arc da Triumph?
I'm getting on a bit (45) and its been a few years since I've been moved to write a review of an album because I feared the art of intelligent, challenging pop music had all but... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Fedo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great feel good album
I absolutely ove this album at the minute and cannot stop listening to it. Packed full of catchy feel good tracks, I have been really impressed and have become a fan of the band. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Scott Doyle
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