A Fever Dream

Album Review of A Fever Dream by Everything Everything.

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A Fever Dream

Everything Everything

A Fever Dream by Everything Everything

Release Date: Aug 18, 2017
Record label: RCA / Sony Music
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

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A Fever Dream - Excellent, Based on 4 Critics

Exclaim - 90
Based on rating 9/10

A guitar band that manage to sound unlike any other reside in Manchester, England: Everything Everything. Two years after their acclaimed third record, Get to Heaven, which grappled heavily with an increasingly hostile political climate through genre-bending pop, they're releasing album number four, A Fever Dream. With the help of producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Simian Mobile Disco), the band meld piercing guitar riffs with heavy, electronic driven sounds to create an album that lead singer Jonathan Higgs describes as covering the "person ….

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The Line of Best Fit - 85
Based on rating 8.5/10

Fast-forward just three years and, as it turns out, it's all gotten 10 times worse. What struck Higgs as a peaking plateau of bedlam was only the beginning of the storm; a hung UK parliament descended into a Brexit-crazed tripe, ISIS spilt blood in the band's Manchester birthplace, and the once-flickering threat of western populism ignited into a blazing fire of nationalism. But delve into EE's dazed fourth album A Fever Dream, and Higgs' disbelief regarding what unfolded is soon realised.

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AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

After taking on topics like contemporary media, technology, politics, and world events on 2015's Get to Heaven, art-rockers Everything Everything continue in kind, addressing escalating instability on their fourth album, A Fever Dream. Released in August 2017, it doesn't shy away from politics but doesn't name names, either, instead mixing the absurdity and anxiety of the Zeitgeist with themes of dreams and nightmares, and sleep and wakefulness. On the musical side, songwriters Jonathan Higgs and Alex Robertshaw reported reconnecting with what got them excited about music early in their careers, whether it be experimenting with electronics or a more impulsive guitar sound.

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The Guardian - 80
Based on rating 4/5

T he geeks may not have inherited the earth quite yet, but they've certainly colonised great swaths of the pop culture landscape. Alongside comic book-saturated cinema, fantasy-friendly TV shows and bookish comedy kings are the pale and awkward squad who double as the world's biggest rock stars ….

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