- Everybody Works

Jay Som - Everybody Works
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Rank: #36 / 154
USER SCORE
78
Based on
79 ratings

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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.
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.

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.
BuffaloStaple
64
this is nice :)

EDIT: this is semi-decent : I
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
plowo
86
Favs: The Bus Song, 1 Billion Dogs, One More Time, Please, Baybee, Take It and Everybody Works.
pouls
65
Jay Som's Everybody Works is not a bad album, but it's not a fantastic one either. It is a record that just sits in the background for me, as some very pleasant background music for whatever you are doing, but it serves no purpose other than that for me.

The songs here are not really memorable, and they are just forgotten quite easily. I finished listening to this album and I cannot remember a few of the songs, but there are some songs here that are legitimately fantastic, like the funky ... read more
THoeller1099
76
Some solid indie rock here, pretty impressive as her debut album.
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Added on: January 12, 2017