Album Review: Everywhere at Once by Paul Allen & the Underthinkers
Very Good, Based on 2 Critics
AllMusic - 70 Based on rating 7/10
Renowned philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen completed his debut album on Sony Legacy Everywhere at Once, in 2013. This 13-song set of blues-based rock includes contributions from Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Chrissie Hynde, Joe Walsh, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, and Ivan Neville, alongside Allen's band the Underthinkers, featuring guitarist John Bohlinger, bass guitarist Doug Barnett, and vocalist Tim Pike. Allen began playing guitar at age 16, which coincided with the attendance of a concert by his main influence Jimi Hendrix.
Just the notion that one of the richest people in the world is releasing a major-label debut doesn’t lend itself to unbiased criticism. In fact, I wanted to hate Everywhere at Once before even listening to it, just because of the money thing. I mean, what does a guy with the resources that Paul Allen has need with a major label? After a few deep breaths, and a good listen to the album, I had to ask myself two questions: 1.