Everyone Everywhere
Everyone Everywhere II


3.0
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Review

by davygrohl USER (11 Reviews)
February 8th, 2013 | 30 replies | 2,635 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: These Philadelphia noodling heroes can still write some good songs but seem to have forgotten how to construct a cohesive album.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Everyone Everywhere’s second LP has some great expectations to live up to. Their self-titled debut LP debut from 2010 is an exemplary piece of work, showcasing the best that the current emo revival has to offer. It’s a fun and interesting album that delivers a cohesive yet varied collection of songs. Their new album is also entitled Everyone Everywhere, but unfortunately with 2012 tacked awkwardly on the end. Seriously guys, that’s the best you could come up with? The album’s cover doesn’t really fit the band’s image or music either. A photo reminiscent of a turn-of-the century wonder shot of a national park doesn’t quite gel with a band hailing from Philadelphia playing rock music. An outdoorsy, folksy record this is not.

But perhaps I’m being too harsh. After all, an old adage says, “Don’t judge a book by its cover (or title apparently).” So how about the music itself? The album doesn’t quite deliver on the high expectations endeared by their first LP. The songs vary from great to boring. The track ordering isn’t too flattering to these songs, with the longest track leading off the album and the three most flat, dull tracks closing out the album. It results in the album sounding a lot longer than it actually is.

To its credit, opening track “I Feel Exhausted” is one of the catchier numbers on the album. Starting out slow, it builds until it takes off sprinting at the three-minute mark, fascinating with one of their trademark noodling riffs. “Queen Mary II” is up next, for my money the best song on the album. There’s no break in this song, with the riffage absolutely sprinting against a series of deadpan notes. The track closes with a barrage of horns, which are always a welcome addition to their sound. “The Future” starts a worrying trend. While mildly interesting, more for it’s lyrics than it’s meager guitar playing, the track plods along for three minutes before moving on.

This leads me to the center of the album, a re-recorded version of “Turn and Go And Turn”. It was a great closer on their first album, but I fail to understand why it is back on this album. It barely differs from its earlier incarnation, eliminating the explanation that perhaps the band felt it could improve on it. It simply doesn’t fit in with the rest of the album, sporting a different sound and energy from all the other songs. I remain completely baffled as to why it’s on the album, but it is a good song so I can’t complain all that much.

“Fervor & Indifference In The Bicameral Brain” is one hell of a cool track title, and is the most musically interesting song present. It introduces banjo (I think) to the bands repertoire and it sounds wonderful closing the track out. Then we get to the final three songs. They each sport a decent hook in their own right, either vocally or melodically. But they keep a middling tempo that plods along, never exciting the listener or providing a memorable moment. The listener simply has to work too hard to enjoy these songs. They miss the band’s trademark urgency, an energy that would make these songs a lot more engaging.

Everyone Everywhere can still write exceptional hooks and songs. Sadly it seems like they forgot how to piece together a coherent album. It misses the trademark liveliness and flow that marked their first album. The album has enough bright points to rescue it somewhat, but the band is certainly capable of much better work.



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foxblood
February 7th 2013



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

rules. decent review i guess even tho i really disagree

Eko
February 7th 2013



2119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah I like this more than 2010 but glad it has a review. Wild Life and the new version of Turn & Go & Turn are fantastic among others

Calc
February 7th 2013



12028 Comments


two self titled albums? why...

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foxblood
February 7th 2013



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@eko me too, it's a big improvement i think

solongatlast
February 7th 2013



190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ya, this was a great album...

Glad it at least has a review though.

Eko
February 7th 2013



2119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wouldn't say "big" improvement but I do like it more. theyre both 4's for me

solongatlast
February 7th 2013



190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"This leads me to the center of the album, a re-recorded version of “Turn and Go And Turn”. It was a great closer on their first album, but I fail to understand why it is back on this album."

Huh? Is there some other 'first album' I don't know about?


SmokingTheClouds
February 7th 2013



639 Comments


How has their been no conflict between this band, and the Vancouver, Pop-Punk/Melodic Hardcore group,
Everyone Everywhere?

Infact, I see the aforesaid bands LP "The Rookie" mixed in with this bands... I'm confused now.

solongatlast
February 8th 2013



190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ya, that's been there for a long time....someone needs to get rid of it. For a while I was thinking
there was some other Everyone Everywhere LP that I had to do a scavenger hunt for.

SmokingTheClouds
February 8th 2013



639 Comments


Can we set-up some "Everyone Everywhere (1)" & "Everyone Everywhere (2)" thing to help differentiate?

It's a nuisance being a fan of both bands.

solongatlast
February 8th 2013



190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think only a mod can move or delete albums. If you wanna make the page I think it would be Everyone
Everywhere (CAN) cause they're from canada

SmokingTheClouds
February 8th 2013



639 Comments


I'm on it (Y).

davygrohl
February 8th 2013



13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@solongatlast yes: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/37979/Everyone-Everywhere-Everyone-Everywhere/

AlecBaldwin
February 8th 2013



147 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree with the rating.

solongatlast
February 8th 2013



190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ya, I mean some debut other than that one...the closer there is Obama House, Fukui Prefecture, and there's no song called Turn and Go and Turn there.

fromtheinside
February 8th 2013



17714 Comments


i think i just downloaded this but i'm not sure since it's the same as their debut

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slipnslide
February 8th 2013



2640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

in more ways than one

davygrohl
February 8th 2013



13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@solongatlast that's odd, their bandcamp does indeed have a version of the album where it ends with obama house, fukui prefecture. I'm not sure what to tell you, my version of the album which I've been scrobbling to close for two years has turn & go & turn.

davygrohl
February 8th 2013



13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

well even if I am wrong, I stand behind my statement that the track doesn't fit in with the rest of the album. perhaps the song was a bonus track for the 2010 album and they decided to include it officially on the 2012 version? My version of the 2010 album was downloaded from their bandcamp back in the day and the TGT doesn't indicate it's different.

solongatlast
February 8th 2013



190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's weird. Ya, I suppose it is a bit out of place, but it's still a great song.



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