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Arc da Triumph?,
This review is from: Arc (Audio CD)
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 died. Happily I was wrong!
I caught Everything Everything's performance at Latitude festival a few weeks ago. I had been vaguely aware of them when their first album Man Alive was out a couple of years ago, but thought them a bit too clever-clever and rather annoying. Watching their performance I realised that they are actually making big and clever music. Any band who wear colour coded uniforms and sing in a high pitch are onto a winner as far as I am concerned as a long time "art pop" lover. Some of the songs stuck in my head straight away and I now know these as Kemosabe & Cough Cough, the two lead singles off Arc.
As said by some other reviews, Arc cant possibly keep up the momentum of those great singles but its a fine album anyway. I think Jonathan Higgs is a genuinely great singer in both high and low register with bags of personality in his voice. The lyrics of EE's songs are leagues more interesting than most mundane modern pop ("black caldera ash and falling! Tarred and feathered genii" anyone?) and bring to mind Bowie's non-literal but evocative lyrics. The band also have know how to write a tune with Duet & Feet for Hands particular favourites at the moment.
I look forward to hearing how EE develop but just hope they keep their quirkiness and dont fall into the "beautiful but boring English melancholy" pit that Elbow and Coldplay are stuck at the bottom of.