AOTY 2020
Everything Everything - Re-Animator
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #334 / 769
User Score
Based on 448 ratings
2020 Ratings: #257
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Independent

Re-Animator packs global anxiety and paranoia into exquisitely crafted songs. A superb album.

85
The Line of Best Fit

As a group, Everything Everything has always worn that indie art pop weirdness on its sleeve and its still refreshingly intact here, Re-animator is yet another flamboyant feather in the cap of a band that refuses to phone it in.

80
NME

On the surprisingly huge Manchester band’s fifth album, frontman Jonathan Higgs channels his inner Thom Yorke, and writes the biggest song of his career.

80
Uncut
Everything Everything continue on their quest to make intricate yet seamless electronic art pop.
80
Q Magazine

Re-Animator picks up where 2017's A Fever Dream's absurdist satire of populism left off without ever going over old ground. The instrumentals stay restlessly creative too, this time absorbing hip-hop cadences, wistful fiddles and dreamy post-punk.

80
DIY

The band’s fifth album is, at times, a shadowy beast, and it’s sure to leave a mark.

80
AllMusic

Throughout, RE-ANIMATOR's crisp, melancholy anthems, if less colorful than prior albums, remain captivating.

80
Clash

A record of sustained power, ‘Re-Animator’ manages to pull together many of the band’s finest elements, offering something complex yet accessible.

80
musicOMH

As with each album in the quartet’s canon, Re-Animator requires (and deserves) repeated listening. Once that is achieved then the dividends start to pay, and this darkly shaded album is revealed as a very different string to be added to the Everything Everything bow.

80
Dork
Deceptively simpler instrumentally, harmonies come to the fore, gliding and guiding you to a sense of peace worlds away from the chaos of today. One decade in, this band are as fascinating as ever. Plenty of (new) life in them yet.
70
God Is in the TV

No matter how surreal or ludicrous as Everything Everything can get (in a good way), there is always an intellectual social commentary within.

70
Spectrum Culture

It feels more focused than their previous records, compared to how they usually work, but even at its best it misses some of the spark they’ve had since Ark.

68
Pitchfork

The latest from the Manchester cult favorites lacks the overwhelming chaos of their best music, but it’s their most thoughtful work yet.

60
Loud and Quiet

Re-Animator reaches its best when Everything Everything sound like Everything Everything, instead of masquerading as someone else.

60
The Needle Drop

Re-Animator finds Everything Everything taking a few more risks than on A Fever Dream, but hits similar lows.

60
Louder Than War

As a whole, Re-Animator is just, well, fine. It’s the sort of album you expect a band to drop at this stage in their career: safe, with one or two more adventurous moments. For some other bands that would be okay, but Everything Everything are definitely capable of more.

Doublez
79
It's no surprise that this new album is dreadfully good, but it's always surprising to see how Everything Everything has always pushed the limits of their creativity, without ever losing its flavor. Intelligently written, Re-Animator is electrically powerful through the guitars, deeply touching to the beat of the synthesizers.

For those of you familiar with the Manchester-based band, you'll know that musically, although they've evolved over the course of albums without really getting off the ... read more
PipePanic
97
Oh, it’s gonna be like that huh?

Look, before I go on: Just listen to this album. It’s some of the most euphoric sounding electronic rock you’ll hear all year. If your a fan of acts like Radiohead or just want to see what the fuss is about with this band, this album should be right up your ally. Just listen to it.

That being said...goddamn!

While i’ve never admitted to being an Everything Everything stan (even though I adore Get to Heaven a lot like nearly everyone ... read more
TreyLikesBands
84
Bright and beautiful like an Arizona sunset, Everything Everything follow up their decade long, 4-album run with a strong burst into 2020. Welcome "Re-Animator" to this humble discography!

Swimming in nostalgic and dreamy chord progressions, the band leans into the pop aesthetic even more with crisp arpeggiated synths and drowning-in-reverb vocals. Even though it may seem like they perfected their sound on their widely-agreed magnum opus "Get to Heaven", they are ... read more
CLJesse
89
The boys are back in town, and they haven't lost a shred of their greatness.

Following up the masterpiece that was Get to Heaven and the underrated A Fever Dream is a bit of a daunting task. Everything Everything had high expectations to meet; the pressure was turned up to the max. The singles had me hyped, but I had never expected the boys to drop a project *this* strong. Re-Animator is (dare I say) everything I wanted from a new EE album and more.

This record has their classic bright ... read more
EnigmaticSnob
75
pros: futuristic, dynamic and rhythmic; Re-Animator is a sonic and eclectic journey with a sci-fi and existential introspectiveness mixed in, collaborating together to create an progressive and conscious album that's concise and satisfying in all corners; Everything Everything takes a more subtle and complex route with this record compared to their previous ones, instead of the usual bombastic and grandiose style they're known for (although some songs do still resemble that style) they've taken ... read more
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Track List

  1. Lost Powers
  2. Big Climb
  3. It Was a Monstering
  4. Planets
  5. Moonlight
  6. Arch Enemy
  7. Lord of the Trapdoor
  8. Black Hyena
  9. In Birdsong
  10. The Actor
  11. Violent Sun
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Added on: May 13, 2020