Everybody Works
Jay Som - Everybody Works
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2017 Rank: #134 / 628
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Based on 191 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

86
Pitchfork
Just a few years into her adult life, and only one album into her recording career, Melina Duterte has swept past a milestone many musicians never even get in their sights.
83
Pretty Much Amazing
I’ll give her this much: she probably tricked a few people into thinking this was a full band experience even though, excepting some vocals, she composed, performed and produced the entire thing by herself. She certainly tricked me.
80
Exclaim!

Everybody Works retains her economical songwriting while adding impressively intricate arrangements.

80
AllMusic

Everybody Works displays huge breadth, which is often disguised by a relaxed pace and its effortless segues between styles. Given what a fine record she had produced here, it's very likely just the beginning for this bright new talent whose youthful angst is contradicted by the confidence present in her compositions.

80
DIY
The separate successes of ‘Turn Into’ and ‘Everybody Works’ cement that Jay Som is absolutely a name to know, and this LP in particular proves that in addition to consistent, honest, attention-worthy output she’s also willing to poke around the margins of her comfort zone.
80
PopMatters

Everybody Works has swept up the floors and straightened up the shelves. All the good stuff stays, but the lines are cleaner.

80
No Ripcord

Duterte recorded Everybody Works entirely in her bedroom studio, and its snug, unhurried, duvet-wrapped warmth intensifies any previous definitions of the bedroom pop genre.

75
Consequence of Sound
Jay Som has built upon her established identity as a skilled songwriter with a long future ahead of her to craft a varied and vibrant record that’s a steady, reliably smart listen from start to end.
75
A.V. Club

Everybody Works is a record about small, personal moments, like riding the bus or balancing work and art—as the title track expertly does—and that’s what makes it all cohere. It’s simply effective. In other words: It works.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Safe in a sexy way, Everybody Works is about pleasure that comes at no one’s expense. Inventive chamber-rock arrangements are laden with hooks and drops of meaning.

60
American Songwriter
It’s an impressive start to what seems to be a promising career for Jay Som, an artist ready for the next step to build atop this remarkable and often striking self-constructed first release.
Apr 5, 2017
Caffro
85
This is actually fantastic! Took a few listens, thought some of the tracks were throw away but they really grow on you. Baybee is one of the best tracks of the year and I have a soft spot for The Bus Song too, "BUT I LIKE THE BUS!".

Overall check this out if you want some tasty vibes with catchy songwriting.

Faves: Baybee, The Bus Song, For Light, Everybody Works
Apr 1, 2017
lerkenfeldt
74
Given the fact, that this is Melina Duterte's debut 'Everybody Works' is quite impressive. What is most striking about it, is the varied sounds Duterte explores. 'Everybody Works' Keeps the listener guessing all the way through. A great start to what hopefully will prove to be a great artist.

Favorite moments: The Bus Song, Remain, Baybee.
Mar 20, 2017*
BuffaloStaple
49
this is nice :)

EDIT: this is semi-decent : I

EDIT 2: this is pretty weak :(
Mar 10, 2017
EMR
58
California-based singer/songwriter/bedroom producer Melina Duterte is releasing her breakthrough album under a downpour of positive reviews and critical acclaim from Pitchfork itself (which, fortunately for her, might just end up getting her even more attention and a fast-paced way to a larger audience among the indie-community). Listening to Everybody Works, her first full-lenght LP, it gets quite clear why they're immediately embracing the young artist. Even though the album goes for a more ... read more
Aug 15, 2017
NR
I mostly commute by bike. Recently bought a boombox, I tied it on my bag. Resting on my chest, the boombox blasts its magic to a world unfazed, its inhabitants plugged as they are to their AirPods.
I mostly commute by bike, and I must admit the whole music while cycling through the streets; my days, my nights, became one awesome life long movie soundtrack.
Few album makes me feel as pretty, badass, cool, sad and/or happy at the same time as this one. This is one gorgeous work here.


Added on: January 12, 2017