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Review: Everything Everything – Mountainhead

staticwire | April 2, 2024
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Everything Everything’s latest album, “Mountainhead,” is a kaleidoscopic journey through the absurdities and complexities of contemporary life. With their signature quirky post-modern lyricism and shamelessly maximalist sound, the Manchester band delivers a collection of tracks that are both catchy and thought-provoking.

The album kicks off with infectious bops like “Wild Guess” and “Cold Reactor” that are sure to get stuck in your head for days. The band’s knack for crafting massive hooks is on full display, and the shiny production only adds to the overall allure of the tracks. Even as the album sprawls towards an hour in duration, the majority of the songs keep the listener thoroughly entertained.

As “Mountainhead” progresses, it takes a more vibey turn with tracks like “The Mad Stone” and “Enter The Mirror” showcasing a sophisticated, Strokes-ian mood that contrasts with the earlier high-energy pop numbers. The closing duo of “City Song” and “The Witness” further enhances this shift, leaving the listener feeling satisfied and contemplative.

Lyrically, Everything Everything embraces the absurdism of the times with lines like “I love you like an atom bomb” and “we all become tomorrow’s bacon, the customer is always right” resonating in a world where the unthinkable has become the expected. The band’s ability to intertwine paranoid and sinister themes with a casual, joke-y exterior reflects the chaotic nature of the world we live in.

While there are a few weaker moments on the album, such as “TV Dog,” the overall listening experience is immensely enjoyable. “Mountainhead” captures the zeitgeist with its blend of grandiose pop anthems and introspective, moodier tracks, making it one of Everything Everything’s most successful records to date.

Rating: 8/10

“Mountainhead” is a testament to Everything Everything’s evolution as a band and their ability to capture the essence of the 21st century in all its bizarre glory. Fans of the group’s previous work will find plenty to love here, while newcomers will be drawn in by the infectious energy and thought-provoking lyricism that permeates every track. In a world where chaos reigns supreme, “Mountainhead” offers a much-needed escape and a reminder that even in the face of uncertainty, music can still provide solace and joy.

Written by staticwire

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