Everybody Down

Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2014 Ratings: #233 / 845
User Score
Based on 33 ratings
2014 Ratings: #258
May 19, 2014 / Release Date
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Big Dada / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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As a performance poet, Tempest is good, in a sort of ‘on before Robin Ince in the Latitude literary tent’ kind of way. As a rapper, though, she’s excellent, balancing deft flow and dense storytelling to the detriment of neither.

The 405

This is a tough album to get through in one piece. It's almost certainly worth your attention though because Kate Tempest is an artist with a talent that is rare these days.


If you’re after a hip-hop version of Trainspotting with Harry Potter as the protagonist, cheese-grater rough production and jokes about diarrhoea, look no further.

The Skinny

She effortlessly melds the personal and the political, an inspiring writer, subverting rap narratives and 'hood tales with a sharp eye for human behaviour, always creating compelling characters and precise, technical rhymes.   

The Line of Best Fit

Heavy themes abound throughout, and this isn’t an easy listen, despite the wry humour of the visual references and the slick use of samples.

Fairly uninspired
Kate Tempest is indeed a force of nature. Her voice explodes and hammers the listeners very closely in wild performances on her debut album. In these twelve tracks she goes pretty hard in sonority with her almost spoken-word narrative style telling all kinds of stories in a not so easy listening experience. One might find some Saul Williams influences on her songwriting style, noticeable in the harsh spoken lines and in the weird production that is hard to overcome, but it is truly her strong ... read more
Her energy and word choice are on point, and her tempo works very well with the beats she chooses.

Favourite tracks: The Truth, Theme from Becky, Circles
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Track List

  1. Marshall Law
  2. The Truth
  3. Lonely Daze
  4. Chicken
  5. The Beigeness
  6. Theme From Becky
  7. Stink
  8. The Heist
  9. To The Victor The Spoils
  10. Circles
  11. A Hammer
  12. Happy End
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