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I hadn't listened to this album in years, but now I'm remembering why I was a big Bangles fan back in the group's heyday. Everything, their third and final album (until their 2003 reunion album Doll Revolution, that is), is a solid offering featuring one big hit, another track that certainly got radio time (and can now be heard, in co-opted form, as the music in some TV commercial), and a mix of tunes showcasing the diversity of the four girls in the band.
I love Susannah Hoffs - heck, I even went to see her film The Allnighter (sadly, I was the only person in the theater), and many folks probably think she was the lead singer of the band. After all, most of the band's hits featured Hoffs on lead vocals. I think it is important to note, however, that all four members of The Bangles made an equal contribution to each album. All four also played their own instruments, which was still something of a rarity among girl groups in the mid-1980s. Hoffs sang lead on four songs on Everything, including Eternal Flame and In Your Room. Eternal Flame was a big hit indeed, and this is probably the group's most familiar song, but I'm more partial to In Your Room and its spirited, up-tempo sound. Hoff's I'll Set You Free is easily the third best song on the album, while Waiting for You closes out the album in fine style.
Debbi and Vicki Peterson made up half of the band and led the way on five of this album's thirteen tracks. They are perfectly good singers capable of delivering solid vocals, but neither of them seems able to inject their songs with the kind of spirit and emotional depth of Hoffs or Michael Steele. I have always thought Steele's contributions to The Bangles were never given their proper due. While Hoff's voice is bubbly and incredibly sexy, Steele's vocals are oftentimes deep and somber. There's usually no trouble identifying Steele's songs because they stand out noticeably from the rest. Complicated Girl seems to misfire a little bit, but Glitter Years is an excellent track, and Something to Believe In gives us Steele at her best.
If you ask me, the essence of The Bangles is still to be found in Different Light, the group's previous album. Everything (referring to this album) seems to wander a little off-course, displacing The Bangles' initial folk rock tendencies with electric guitar and other studio-engendered trappings. This is still a very good album, but a number of these songs really don't connect with me in a way that makes them memorable. I enjoy listening to them, and there isn't a bad song in the bunch, but Everything seems to be missing a little something, when all is said and done.
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on 21 July 2014
Much is made of the fact that the Bangles hard rocking garage sound that first brought them to apparent prominence (yet it didn't, for as late as 1985, even with one very accomplished album out, no one seemed to be listening in droves until a certain song called 'Manic Monday' appeared in 1986, and by that time, the girls had become far more melodic, with a more opened up and eclectic sound. Sniffers and die-hard moaners can call it "dumbing down" or selling out (what a laugh, surely you'd have to be selling in the first place), but the unique and highly attractive second album "Different Light" was the moment everyone got a life and realised-wow, a proper dead serious all-girl-group who write, sing, and play their instruments. And not daft like the early eighties examples were-Girlschool, Belle Stars, and yes, the Go-Gos too. Give me Belinda solo any day.

But "Different Light" had been a difficult record within the stifling stranglehold of producer David Kahne; the songs were beautiful generally, with a few that were more kooky, but the atmosphere i the studio was charged with uncertainty, and there were casualties.Glad to be shot off him, the girls took to working with record producer and novelist Davitt Sigerson who created a more relaxed working vibe, resulting in their finest album ever, and just like Abba, who started with equally odd Euro-folk ditties before they exploded into a perfect hook-filled machine of A-grade song chart brilliance, and finally became the respected emotionally resonant and achingly powerful act fuelled by excellent songcraft and musicianship they're finally recognised as today, Bangles can be and are proud of a highly sophisticated set of songs that show off just about everything (sorry) they can be proud of, and best of all, this cherry pop re-release (long overdue, yet how pointless of them not to release it with the earlier two several years before, which were already overdue themselves) includes what should have been the final song on side 2, but was dismissed to accompany the ignored side of the 'Eternal Flame' single. A truly rude state of affairs, not least cos not only did it suit the album fully, but it meant Debbi would have had three songs and not just two.

The mid-eastern tinge and pounding sexuality of first song and lead single 'In Your Room' is at once raw yet refined, yet with all the beauty of offerings like the luscious poet-ballad 'Something To Believe In', from bassist Michael, peppy 'Waiting For You' featuring Susanna and delightfully orchestral 'Be With You' from Debbi which marries drama and wistfulness to great degree; indeed when you look beyond the gorgeous production and unerring harmonies, you realise that the girls have actually put their darkest material to date on it. 'Glitter Years' rumbles along gracefully, proof hard riffing exists alongside melody, as it references Michael's time in the Runaways, 'Watching The Sky' turns increasingly psychotic, Vicki's roaring towards the end like the tuneful evoking of a banshee, she gets the edge on the usually dark Michael with this and two others, both suicide songs, one as an observer ('Bell Jar'), the other as a wish for herself ('Crash And Burn'). And quite an ingenious aside is that they're so painful without being morose, suggestive rather than overly detailed, but that's just as powerful as the listener is invited to complete the final picture scripture themselves. 'Complicated Girl' from Michael possibly takes the similarly written 'If She Knew What She Wants' from the previous album and plays out an even more solidly configured female protagonist amid a soft and perky country-lite backdrop of chiming guitar. Equally vivid is the ache and heart-stirring sadness of the lovely Vicki tune 'Make A Play For Her Now' which seems to invoke a theatre setting among a garden as the sun goes down to gentle tragedy, and Debbi's powerful and stirring 'Some Dreams Come True', a fast-paced piece of sonic perfection, but the album's utter plateau must be the towering sway and blood-rushing zing of 'I'll Set You Free', one of their best ever songs and prime candidate for one of the best songs of the 80s or any decade. Remaining is 'What I Meant To Say', as mentioned earlier, finally on here where it should always have been, only I play it as track 7 instead of 14. Chugs along with gusto, but still classy and lyrically eventful as the rest of the album.

There are two other bonus tracks, a unfortunately beefed up remix of 'I'll Set You Free' that is longer, but destroys most of the audacious harmonising and sleek musicianship of the album cut, and the extended version of 'In Your Room'. The booklet is a lavish job that includes all the lyrics, apart from 'What I Meant To Say' (daft as all of Kim Wilde's remasters from cherry pop include her b-side/extra track words). Also included are some lovely photographs of the darling quartet taken from that time. Best album of 1988, so grand it even beats Kim Wilde's much feted "Close", Sandra's "Into A Secret Land" and Til Tuesday's final masterpiece "Everything's Different Now" and the best stocking filler, though t would have spent most of 1989 selling for all that, making it possibly the best album of both years. Like with Kim's remasters, the sound is hardly an improvement on the original 1988 CD (only offensively overrated gasbags tend to get perfect album updates audio-wise), but it's still the peerless album it is, and I still happily bought it, even though I'd clicked on the old copy not long before, once the cassette died.

I deliberately avoided mentioning the gorgeous scorching ballad 'Eternal Flame' everyone goes on about, it's exactly as lovely as everyone says, but it is surrounded by "Everything" else easily of standard, and some even better. A bunch of skilled session musicians clearly helped the blend to true perfection, and some outside writers were brought in to help (as on most anyone's records), but unlike "Different Light", the girls were all involved on every song in far more detail, and their satisfaction comes through admirably. My only gripe is with the public and label and scene as ever-only four singles were picked, and no more. Every song was a perfect single, still is, and to anyone and everyone who's lost, forgotten or missed out on this entirely, regarding it rudely as just a vessel to hold 'Eternal Flame', you who lack "Everything", have nothing.
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on 21 September 2010
Moving on from their previous two albums The Bangles set About their third offering
"Everything".This was to be a much darker affair,pulling in elments of Zeppelin (the drums on "watching the sky")and again the lingering influence of The Beatles
on some of their vocal arrangements and harmonies,in fact i'd go so far as to say
that this was The Bangles "Revolver" album.I'm amazed that this album was so slated at the time as it was a record full to the brim with great material from start to
finish."In your room" still had that jangly element to it,but there was a darker
almost sexual tone underpinned with 60's hammond organ to give it that psychedelic feel.A new producer at the helm in the form of Davitt Sigerson helped to shape the album into what it became and put the indivdual band members various musical talents under the spotlight and really made 'em shine.Most people remember this album for the No 1 hit "Eternal Flame" a classic Bangle ballad (to be strangled in the nineties by the so-called girl band Atomic Kitten).So with great songwriting,great studio performances and great choice of production team this album is well worth a listen.Ironically as to me this was a great strive forward
musically for this band it was to be their swansong until 2003 as they broke up shortly after it's release.So, now maybe is the time to see a remastered re-issue of this record with some bonus tracks,material recorded for the album but not used,c'mon columbia/sony what are ya waitin for.....
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on 3 October 2012
Once again Cherry Pop have brought us a cracking reissue of a classic album. Although nothing here is previously unreleased, several things are nicely brought together in one package for the first time.

This proved to be the Bangles' final album (until they got back together a decade later of course), and it was their most mature album to date. Working with new producer Davitt Sigerson they well and truly honed their enchanting harmony vocals and showed impressive musicianship and songwriting on this collection of songs.

These songs have been described as having an autumnal beauty, being their last flourish before going their separate ways. That's a nice description. The songs have a great beauty, with the diverse instrumentations (a plethora of guest musicians providing everything from 12-string guitar to the mysterious "noise") and the aforementioned spine-tingling harmony vocals.

The hard rock edge of their earlier days was largely absent on this record - it's been reinstated here though with the inclusion of "Eternal Flame" b-side "What I Meant To Say" - what a pity its kindred spirit "Everything I Wanted" has not been included here (this can be found on the Greatest Hits album).

The best known track is of course the mega number 1 "Eternal Flame", which itself is unlike any other song on this album. The other ballad, Michael Steele's "Something To Believe In" is a world away in style and sentiment. A superior song in many ways, it's a testament to the quality of the other songs when "Eternal Flame" is considered one of the less good songs.

All four members turn in stellar performances. Susanna Hoffs sizzles in "In Your Room" with electrifying vocals with the chugging guitar. Debbi Peterson scored a hit with her "Be With You", and gives more solid performances in her other tracks (it would be 2011's Sweetheart Of The Sun when she would truly excel with her tracks outshining the others, though as always she's great here). This record then belonged to Michael Steele and Vicki Peterson. Steele's beauty "Something To Believe In" and the superb vintage rocker "Glitter Years" joined Vicki Peterson's Zeppelin-esque "Watching The Sky" and goose-pimple inducing "Make A Play For Her Now" as the stars of the show.

This reissue besides boasting superb sound includes a handful of bonus tracks. The aforementioned "What I Meant To Say" has superb duetting from the Peterson sisters. The remixed version of "I'll Set You Free" gave that song a new lease of life; although the original was a cracker this version gave it a new beauty and made the strong chorus more anthemic. The 12" remix of "In Your Room" leaves us in no doubt that this is 80s stuff - the other tracks are timeless.

An essential album - whilst perhaps missing some of the all-time best Bangles songs, this album as a whole was arguably their finest in its overall feel and beauty. This autumnal beauty is a true vintage which has lost none of its considerable charm; it deserves to be discovered again and savoured.
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on 26 November 2001
"Everything" saw the Bangles experimenting with Zeppelinesque beats on "Watching The Sky," rocking out on "Glitter Years" and "Crash & Burn," and getting intimate on "I'll Set You Free" and "Make A Play." The hits are here, of course: "In Your Room" (US #5), "Eternal Flame" (US #1), and "Be With You" (US #30). Unlike the previous album, this boasts that celestial harmonies we've come to love about the girls on EVERY track.
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on 18 July 2010
An album full of 1980s sounds that coat each track. Ballads and gritty rock songs all compete for attention and get it. 'Make a play for her now' is a story that we could all learn from. Varied lead vocals allow the girls to keep us on our toes and not become bored. Fierce and smooth lyrics are here in equal measures. I love this album.
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on 27 January 2013
Had this on lp for christmas 1989, on my new midi hifi and some of the songs (bell post, hazy days of winter) are just amazing, and reminds me of my years growing up as a kid. Its great to have it on CD. Had seen them live too at Rewind 2012, amazing .....
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The sound of the Bangles owes a lot to music of an earlier generation, which is probably why I like it. Unlike so many all-female groups, they all played instruments – three of them were guitarists and one was a drummer. They all got a chance to sing lead, though Susannah Hoffs was usually the lead singer on the hits. All of them have good voices, but perhaps the public detected something extra special in Susannah’s voice.
There were three original albums, but it is the second (Different light) and the third (this one) that really matter. Of course, their best songs have been released on several compilations down the years.
This album yielded Eternal flame, their only British number one. An excellent ballad, it has more recently been revived by Atomic kitten, who also had a big UK hit with it. That didn’t do the Bangles any harm at all. Yet another hits compilation was released to capitalise on the situation, reminding everybody whose song it really was.
Nothing else here was anywhere near as successful as Eternal flame, but there are many other fine songs including the lesser hits, I’ll set you free, Be with you and the rousing up-tempo opener to the album, In your room. Despite that opener and the closing Crash and burn, most of the songs here are ballads.
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on 23 November 2016
Awesome service and product album fantastic if fan must buy
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on 4 January 2015
Great thank you
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