Review: Everyone Everywhere – self-titled LP

Label: Tiny Engines

Released: May 4, 2010

From the phased guitar and lifting leads that open “Tiny Planet,” there is a sense of hope and happiness (even as melancholy tugs at it) that pervades Everyone Everywhere’s self-titled full-length debut. As the album runs between big, loud, ringing chords and quiet, intricate, interwoven guitar and bass lines, it finds itself in a cohesive mix of Hüsker Dü’s melodic wall of noise and the current trend of Smiths-inspired of indie jangle. Throw in a few of those ever-infectious “whoa-ohhhhs” and the album is difficult to put aside. Embodying hope and promise and melancholy, the album is sure to make a great summer friend (that will likely visit for years to come).

Interestingly, there is something timeless that Everyone Everywhere taps into, but that is mitigated occasionally when the lyrics are so steeped in the moment, that the songs will be lost down the road. Fortunately, for every reference to Mapquest and GPS (in “Blown Up Grown Up”) there are many lines like, “This boat’s too small, this ocean’s broad” (from “Tiny Boat”) that will hold their meaning so long as the basic laws of nature hold true. That occasional emo-ish foible aside, the album is a big step forward from last year’s promising “A Lot of Weird People Standing Around” 7″.

Tiny Engines only pressed 500 (150 off-white/350 maroon) of these and they come with a free download. Get it now!

Ratings
Satriani: 7/10
Zappa: 6/10
Dylan: 7/10
Aretha: 7/10
Overall: 7/10

If you’re curious about my rating system, it’s explained here.

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