Everything Everything return to your ears with a whole new album, with eleven tracks of their trademark indie complex-pop. The arrangements are busy, but arguably blended with pop dynamics a little better than on their past work. The three-part vocal harmonies backing up Jonathan Higgs’ swooning vocals also make a return. CD or LP, on Sony.
10/10 Harvey Watson Customer review, 7th February 2016
Get to Heaven starts as and with the same old gorgeous Everything Everything riffs and slight electronics that were used to, though, it totally slashes these expectations only a few songs in. As soon as Distant Past begins, you see the delight and advantage of using vinyl over digital download, especially since this is one of my most listened to albums on my phone, and I can instantly hear the beautiful crackles of the disc under my needle. The album is thoroughly enjoyable, a delight, songs such as No Reptiles offer a more electric delight to the ears, whilst songs like The Wheel blow anyone away simply due to the gorgeous vocal range of the lead.
I thoroughly recommend this album to anyone, simply because I hope this to be the future of pop, and not the likes of Miley Cyrus. Also, the actual staff here at Norman Records were very helpful when I rang, and, despite not having been in stock, my order came just a week after having been placed.
Get to Heaven is interesting if you look at it as an exploration of sub genres, or as the evolution of an incredible budding group. Hands down, album of 2015.
10/10 AGJones Customer review, 23rd June 2015
I managed to see Everything Everything yesterday in the Manchester HMV, it's the 4th time I've been graced by their live sets. Ex-Fall warrior Marc Riley was even there!.. anyway, there's really not many bands I'd want to see over and over again, perhaps only Radiohead and The Fall are the only other contenders.
The all important third album is usually the work that cements the overall sound of a band, but i feel Everything Everything had that nailed with numero uno - Man Alive. They now just have to keep adding to that mental art-pop vibe that was secure from the get-go.
Get to Heaven, as the album art connotes, is possibly their most obscure project to date. The rather accessibley smart singles, Distant Past (catchiest guitar riff ever?!?) and Regret, don't really reflect the rest of the madness and beauty of Get to Heaven, which i imagine was intentional. But in all honesty, it's still as catchy and personal as ever, just more twisted, and I'm always keen on an album that gets darker and darker from the start to end (PERHAPS a metaphor-play on the album name, you THINK you're in heaven, but it's only until you venture further in that it was an elaborate hoax, and it's not heaven at all?... or PERHAPS I've just over-thought it way too much? you decide).
Opener, To the Blade, lures you into a false sense of security, starting off rather timid and erupting into a jangle of rough guitars and Jonathan's signature screaming falsetto.
The title track is the wonderful pop you have come to expect from the Manchester group; whistles, a sunny chorus... quite ethereal, as is Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread. Though, It is from the dubstep-influenced beat of The Wheel (Is Turning Now) where the sun begins to shy away and shit gets serious.
Despite this entry into darkness, there is still something undeniably accessible to the following tracks, Fortune 500, which barrages its way through with its programmed beats and loud synths and Blast Doors, a track led by (pun alert) plucking good guitars (sorry) and a wonky vocal melody, are still very open tracks.
The bright, kind-of-80s guitar and echoed-out Zero Pharaoh leads into No Reptiles, which is easily a highlight, if not only for the lyric "it's alright to feel like a fat child in a pushchair", but it's the song's progression from the almost-eery intro to its achingly-beautiful climax packed with synths, in what sounds like the a character breaking out of a painful past into an everything's-gonna-be-ok ending... goosebumps-a-plenty here, folks.
The closer, Warm Healer, takes beauty to its purest, most understated level. calm with an infectious instrumental, and a meloncholy heart.
Ah, lads, you've done it again!
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