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  • Audio CD (19 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Big Dada
  • ASIN: B00IPXO6BS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,901 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Big Dada signing Kate Tempest (Ted Hughes award-winning poet) unveils her debut album ‘Everybody Down’. The album has 12 ‘chapters’ telling one inspired story, a unique, one-off project and comes produced in its entirety by Dan Carey (Kylie Minogue, Bat For Lashes, Willy Mason, M.I.A., Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand, Lily Allen, amongst many others).

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This is my first experience of Kate Tempest. I have heard a few of her songs (thanks Scroobius Pip!) but this is the first time I have heard her for more than 5 minutes in one go.

What an experience it proves to be.

I warn you - don't buy this and expect music: it's not about the music. It's about the spoken content of the songs. (I would use the word lyrical but singing is not what Kate Tempest seems to do). Yes, there is backing music to her words, but it's there to reflect the content and feeling of the song, and (one song asides) the music is mixed so it doesn't trample all over Kate's voice and tale. You can clearly hear what she's saying all the time.

This album tells the story of a few people and the places they exist in. Think of it as a short story with 12 chapters. It's a story of life, but not Kate's life, so she doesn't tell it from her perspective. There is little of Kate's feelings or emotions in here, the tales are told from the characters perspective.

The booklet (a large fold up sheet) that comes with it deserves reading separately from listening. If you only had the booklet you'd think it was just a story. I'm still figuring out who is whom and how they all relate to each other!

Long story short, don't buy this album and expect not to have to sit, listen and think about it. This is an album that demands you to sit, listen and pay attention.

Well done Kate, I hope you can bring us another CD of stories in the future, and not via You Tube because I can't play that in my car.
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Brilliant from beginning to end. There's a bit of confusion about 'Everybody Down' - is it poetry, is it rap. It's both, just like it should be. Picking up the ball dropped by The Streets Kate Tempest describes a world of paranoia on the night bus, tedious evenings in the pub and the eternal search for companionship in a cold world. However, it's shot through with warmth, wit and - yes - poetry. This is simply a remarkable, addictive and utterly fantastic record. A huge talent.
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Best thing I've heard so far this year. Don't buy much music these days, but made the effort to with this and bought a vinyl copy.
Not disappointed. I found out about this young lady by looking on the Ninja Tune website. Been a devoted fan of all thing Ninja and Big Dada for a long time now. I started checking out her stuff on YouTube and noticed that she was rated by Scroobius Pip, which was another selling point.
The album works really well and she has a wonderful way with the use of language. The music is pretty good as well.
Don't know uf she will stand the test of time. But for the now I can't think of anyone who is more relevant than her. Definitely a Mercury Award candidate.
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Superficially this is like Mike Skinner/The Streets; half spoken/half sung, part song/part story, lyrics that speak of modern life not some mid-Atlantic fiction. Like "A Grand Don't Come For Free " it's difficult to imagine a song as a single, as each is a part of a connected whole and therefore this is not likely to go down well with the single-only, mp3-download culture.

The lyrics are more sophisticated and ambitious than Skinner's, but the music is a bit more formulaic and definitely a secondary consideration. Maybe that's not a bad thing; it's good to see lyrics to the fore.

200 years ago, putting poetry to music was the high point of art and although I don't suppose many fans of Schubert/Schumann (other than me) will be converted by this modern day rap song-cycle, rap fans will realise that poetry in music has been around for many years and in many forms and recognise this as a worthy addition.
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Weaving a tale of love, violence, family ties and drugs, Kate Tempest's new album is a real work of art. The story told is relatively simple to understand and all of the characters have a wonderful set of flaws between them; making for a gritty, realistic and believable ride.
The story part in itself is a nice touch, it means you grow more close with the characters, particularly Becky, the main focus of the album. However it does prove annoying if you try and listen to the album on shuffle, and speaking from experience, I would not recommend!

It is not an album to be listened to while you're working, or doing anything, as a matter of fact. To experience it properly, you've got to be able to concentrate, hard. Hard enough to get underneath the soundtrack and appreciate the true beauty of the words.

In case of confusion later on, Becky is the main character of the story, Pete is her boyfriend, his brother and her lover is Harry and Harry's partner is Leon. There are plenty of others, but these are the main four.

Although the album is essentially a story, there are a few stand-alone tracks, from the fast, and probably the most 'pop-esque' song out of them all, 'The Beigeness', which is about seeing other people's problems, and being able to admit your own problems to other people, to the self-contained which doesn't seem to reach a conclusion, just going over the same points again and again, making 'Circles' a fitting name for it.

The story, however, definitely doesn't go round in circles, getting progressively darker and grittier. Beginning with the 'fun' nightclub setting of 'Marshall Law', poking fun at Tempest's generation -
'Shouting and screaming just to prove that they exist', which sets the scene for the rest of the album.
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