Annabel
Each And Everyone


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
December 8th, 2009 | 16 replies | 5,452 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In my iTunes library, Each and Everyone falls directly above The Antler’s Hospice. How fitting.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Just imagine if there was a delightful disease that you could catch. It’s symptoms would include but not be limited to bliss, contentment, and relaxation. It would spread like wildfire around the world, because of the sheer contagiousness. People that catch it would be in high demand, of course. Now, imagine a musical equivalent to this disease. Actually, you don’t have to, it’s right here for you. Each and Everyone is infectious and lively. Annabel, quartet from Kent, Ohio (yes, good music CAN come from Ohio), have reason to rejoice in their first full-length. Each and Everyone gallops along at a lively pace, with infectious indie-rock tunes. They give off a vibe that’s a throwback to 90’s indie greats, Built to Spill and Pavement, without becoming simply another knockoff. Textured and melodic, Annabel really have a knack for maintaining a dreamy quality over these 13 songs, yet keep your foot tapping in the process. No, this isn’t revolutionary or incredibly innovative, but Each and Everyone is an immediately likable record that you don’t stop liking at “immediately.”

Thirty seconds in and I’ve caught the plague. Bells, cymbal-based percussion, and infectious guitar grooves won’t be leaving my system for a while. The layers of sounds are perfectly constructed throughout, for the most part, and the clean production really adds to the quality of Each and Everyone. The first two songs, “Sleeping Lions” and “People and Places” are fantastic indicators of whether or not you’ll like this, not to mention two of the strongest on the album. The former provides a welcome progression in its entirety, using a slow/fast and soft/slightly less soft formula that really catches the ears. “People and Places” is a romping, louder sentiment that showcases Annabel’s less soothing side. If you’re not hooked by now, call a doctor, because there’s something wrong with your ears.

Ben Hendricks’ soft vocal style remains very constant throughout, and impressively he seems content to take a back seat to the more impressive instrumentation backing him. By concentrating on their strengths, Annabel and Ben Hendricks show a maturity that propels the album forward instead of letting little flaws here and there hold them back. The lyrics run parallel to the music, and are often very introspective and thoughtful, yet fluffy. “In Droves” and “You Started Thinking Again, Didn’t You?” explore subjects of introspective philosophy while managing to keep things light. And while I can’t call them a highlight, the lyrics are definitely very fitting. The soft, meticulous layers are one of Each and Everyone’s main attractions, and Annabel knows this. The guitar grooves manage to strike a tone of diversity, they’re poppy when necessary but can pull of an elongated jam here or there, too. Subsequently, while Each and Everyone is a mostly safe endeavor, Annabel wasn’t afraid to add nice aesthetic touches like a backing choir that compliments beautifully in songs like “As It Happened.”

Each and Everyone falls victim to a kind of apathy in their music, and the songs tend to blend together. This is most likely because of a lack of standout moments, but also because the Each and Everyone is fantastically consistent throughout. The material isn’t exceedingly unique, but damn do they do that swirly indie rock sound well. So if you’re looking for a throwback to Built to Spill, proof that superb music can come from Ohio, or simply a sensational relaxing record, this is one infectious disease you’re going to want to catch.



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SeaAnemone
December 8th 2009



20049 Comments


Why do I have the only rating? This is actually kinda popular from what I found on the internet, should be bigger here, too.

Digging: Natural Snow Buildings - The Night Country

SeaAnemone
December 8th 2009



20049 Comments


That's cool guys. Please don't look at this. It's not a really solid release or anything. Just pretend it doesn't exist, kk?

Roach
December 8th 2009



2149 Comments


OK!

SeaAnemone
December 8th 2009



20049 Comments


well you're doing a bad job at it Roach! commenting and such! don't even look at this!

Oneironaut
December 9th 2009



302 Comments


haha pretend this comment isn't here

(i'll most def check this out dude, I really dig your tastes. Tracking it down now, and I'm pumped to hear it.)

SeaAnemone
December 9th 2009



20049 Comments


haha ok I will... nice job setting a good example for Sputnik.

Schizophrenik
December 9th 2009



842 Comments


man, your reviewing faster than i can download. good job as usual, this will go on my "albums to get" list, but as my last list is evidence of that list is very very long and i have no idea when i'll actually be hearing it

sorry, i breakded the no commenting rule...*hides face in shame*

SeaAnemone
December 9th 2009



20049 Comments


haha yeah it's fine I saw your massive list, and to be honest this is great, but not compared to the essentials you have in there

Kiran
Emeritus
February 4th 2010



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

bouquet mines just came on shuffle and i loved it. completely forgot i had this.

Kiran
Emeritus
February 10th 2010



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

for the most part this is awesome but a bit uninteresting at points

SeaAnemone
February 10th 2010



20049 Comments


definitely- a little to samey here and there.

ShadowAmI
August 17th 2010



1542 Comments


count your lucky stars is the best record label ever

SeaAnemone
August 18th 2010



20049 Comments


yeah, basically. great guys too. Keith Latinen, lead vocalist of E!E! runs it. Kinda disappointed they haven't had any new stuff since Joie de Vivre and a Moving Mountains vinyl release though, been so slow compared to the slew of legendary stuff of last summer.

Mordecai.
August 18th 2010



8277 Comments


analbum - reach around and everybum

ShadowAmI
August 19th 2010



1542 Comments


dude keith messaged me on last.fm, he was like hey man i stumbled across your account randomly and i saw that you have a lot of plays from my band thats awesome etc etc

SeaAnemone
August 19th 2010



20049 Comments


yeah he's a cool guy, he even sent me a bunch of CYLS CD's and a vinyl for free : D



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