Everything Everything
A Fever Dream


4.5
superb

Review

by VaxXi USER (35 Reviews)
August 17th, 2017 | 204 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Take me to the distant past, I want to go back

The bombs go off. The forthcoming screams of the crowd ring for a brief moment, then pause. Your body floats through air. You see the flames rising up. You can feel your bones screaming out. Your brain boils. Yet you remain static in the air, drifting through limbo. Your limbs flail slowly, swaying with the choppy motion of a lagging video game. In your peripheral vision, you see the surroundings flames; people, and buildings slowly blur, mix, then dissipate into nothingness. Your heart races, your fiber begs to split apart and fade away. You find yourself lost in a fever dream....

Where Get to Heaven represented the lingering anxiety over the world slipping through the cracks, A Fever Dream is a world of its own, built through Jonathan Higgs held breath. Get to Heaven hid behind a convincing mask of spring-toned indie pop compositions; A Fever Dream crawls beneath the earth and molds itself around the sounds of the murky, run-down gallows of an underground nightclub long abandoned. It’s lively and full of energy, yet dragging with a tinge of emptiness - concerned that it doesn’t belong and nothing's OK. Repetitiveness and progression are the foundations with which Everything Everything shape their composition. Each song feels like a new shift in a disjointed narrative, a journey through the eyes of the everyday man going through a vividly narrated, hellish landscape. Yet pulsating synthesizers, bouncy basslines, and infectious pop hooks ground the descriptions and show that the album’s dismal wordplay isn’t just abstract, metaphorical prose - but a reminder that the world has sunk further than anyone could’ve expected in only two years.

One can only do so much to keep themselves distracted from the harsh reality that their surroundings are coming undone. This concept is alluded to on lead single “Can’t Do”, in which Higgs half-heartedly finds himself lost “loving the bass, loving the drums” in verse. Yet he desperately cries for help in the ad-libbed lines of the chorus. With A Fever Dream stripping away the happy sounding melodies of its predecessor, and swapping them with a darker, subtly complex approach to composition, it becomes more apparent how morbid Everything Everything songwriting truly is. Warm guitar tones dunked inside loud, disorienting synths and a thick, cold atmosphere are met with tracks that gradually build off their basic elements, segueing into a chaotic mess of noise before fading out on a single note - the screams of many being silenced. A Fever Dream is a hectic and terrifying record that holds its composure with as much cautious optimism that can be conjured from the pop formula. By filtering out political commentary for an honest portrayal of the individual’s anxiety, Everything Everything makes one thing clear: We, as a collective, are facing a paradigm shift in the way our lives transpire as the world around us turns - and the light only gets darker from here.

…And all you want, more than anything, is to wake up. Welcome to the new age.



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VaxXi
August 17th 2017


4418 Comments


Stream: http://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/a-fever-dream/id1245331144 (Available worldwide at midnight in the tea drinker's land)
Best: Night of the Long Knives, Can’t Do, Desire, Good Shot Good Soldier, A Fever Dream, Ivory Tower
Worst: Run the Numbers

Massive thanks to Blush, Con, Jack, and Sounds for corrections and suggestions in writing this review. On a side note, Steven Wilson can get hecked. This is the “smart” pop album of 2017.


ianblxdsoe
August 17th 2017


1916 Comments


best comment, phenomenal review; hardest pos.

Frivolous
August 17th 2017


878 Comments


Excellent review dude, this album is glorious



Neatoo
August 17th 2017


132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'll wait for the official release (won't take long, after all) but based on singles alone don't think i'll like this as much as get to heaven.

VaxXi
August 17th 2017


4418 Comments


The singles work better in an album context. I thought Can't Do on its own was pretty meh but it molds super well with the record. Not to mention most of the other tracks are amazing in their own right.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
August 17th 2017


25028 Comments


nice man haha I see ya couldnt wait to post this. love that first para still tho

Neatoo
August 17th 2017


132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i thought can't do was the best out of all the singles lol

Frivolous
August 17th 2017


878 Comments


t/t is the best of the singles imo, but the deep cuts are consistently good too

anatelier
August 17th 2017


2920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i think run the numbers is better than big game

VaxXi
August 17th 2017


4418 Comments


Run the numbers isn't bad but it's just weak. Found it the most uninteresting instrumentally while big game had cool percussion. Radiohead-esque and what not.

theNateman
August 17th 2017


3803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Desire had been embedded in my head for days. This album is spectacular, and the title track is simply jaw dropping

anatelier
August 17th 2017


2920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

at the moment for me it's:



night of the long knives

put me together

good shot good soldier

-----

desire

can't do

a fever dream

ivory tower

-----

white whale

new deep

run the numbers

big game

clavier
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2017


1068 Comments


very clean and well-written, good job man

AngryJohnny
August 17th 2017


963 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review, excited to hear this

VaxXi
August 18th 2017


4418 Comments


Albums out everywhere (in the uk) bois 🎉

JJKeys
August 18th 2017


1087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent review Vax, I genuinely think this could be AOTY.



A Fever Dream, Night of the Long Knives, Can't Do, Ivory Tower > Good Shot Good Soldier, Run the Numbers, Put Me Together > Desire, New Deep, White Whale > Big Game (the only track I'm indifferent about)



Wilsion can get fucked [2]

JJKeys
August 18th 2017


1087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also Can't Do gets better with every listen, the bassline is so whack

VaxXi
August 18th 2017


4418 Comments


Run the Numbers and White Whale are the bottom two of the album. Everything else is a certifiable jam. Also yeah Can't Do has a lot of depth despite essentially being a Distant Past clone.

JJKeys
August 18th 2017


1087 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm glad that White Whale was chosen to close the album - it feels quite uncharacteristic of EE having this plodding tempo and a lack of electronic instrumentation, it feels more like a grandiose Radiohead closer than anything, and if it was in the middle of A Fever Dream it'd stick out like a sore thumb. I still like it though

Neatoo
August 18th 2017


132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

TT is kinda boring, actually... tho still nice enough.



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