Everything Everything - A Fever Dream

Is there a better British band right now than Everything Everything? After listening to A FEver Dream there's a strong argument to say not. Their adrenaline shot to the arm of British music in 2010 with Man Alive introduced a band with a brand new sound using a potent mix of dance beats, guitar riffs, and Jonathan Higgs astonishing falsetto. Following that with two more lyrically complex albums has led us to their, ever so slightly political, fourth album.

Produced by Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford the quartet are at the peak of their powers. Opening track 'Night Of The Long Knives' hits with Higgs falsetto, a jab of synth, and the drum beat of a madman, it's a thrilling start. Handling themes from current affairs, including Brexit and Trump, this is an album for our times, and in future will be a time capsule of these crazy years. 'Can't Do', Good Shot, Good Soldier' and the epic title track are some of the standouts. All that is wrapped up in the band's trademark, and developing, beats and melodies, their angular guitar riffs, electronic bleeps, wheeps, and rattling rhythm section. It's part best of the 80s, part best of the 90s, all unique to Everything Everything in 2017.

Overall

Best British album of 2017.

9

out of 10

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