Everything Everything - Arc
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2013 Ratings: #356 / 1039
User Score
Based on 209 ratings
2013 Ratings: #180
Liked by 6 people
January 14, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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The Fly

‘Arc’ curves around any potential pitfalls by reappointing the core elements of what made ‘Man Alive’ great and framing them in smoother, more subtle songcraft.


There’s neither swag nor swagger here, just talent and a single-minded creative vision worth every gasping breath it takes to keep up with.

The Line of Best Fit

Everything Everything have their cake and they’re eating it too – Arc proves that they can keep their zany shade of indie and still be taken very seriously.

Drowned in Sound

It reveals something that was previously swept up in the hurricaine of hype and the hyperactivity, namely that Everything Everything make perhaps the most beautifully uncool and giddy and vital, unironic indie pop the current market possesses. 


'Arc' holds a middle-finger up to the 'difficult second album' myth, showing the band to have mastered control over when to throw everything at the canvas and when to rein it all in to allow the tenderness of their songwriting and Jonathan Higgs' vocal to take centre stage

The 405

With Arc, Everything Everything stake their territory with an album that is more straight forward and accessible, but ultimately more gratifying.


The self-conscious straining to be regarded as innovators and iconoclasts that occasionally muddled their debut is absent here; this is a record less bothered about surface than it is about feeling. 

A particularly snarky critic may suggest pruning a couple of the thirteen tracks, but feels churlish to nitpick an album fuelled by the prettiest of ambition. On this showing, Everything Everything’s career arc is set for the stratosphere.

The flat-out ridiculousness of Man Alive's most exhilarating material is gone, and in its place a mixture of perfectly concise, moving, visceral, often funny pop singles, perhaps one too many mid-paced laments, and a couple of rounds of roiling tirades. 

FACT Magazine

It’s these tracks that make for a far less jittery album, as does the dialling back of Everything Everything’s math-y structural density to make way for uncluttered hooks and big choruses

The Skinny

The sum is not the work of a band intent on playing it safe, but neither is it quite the adventure that their outlook suggests.

The Guardian

Inevitably, Arc lacks coherence; it's the sound of a band working out who they want to be.

No Ripcord

It feels churlish to criticise Everything Everything for trying different things, but all too often their efforts feel like lightweight flirtations with a style rather than committed explorations.

Time Out London
Higgs sums things up when describing the record’s cover in the press release: ‘Here we are in jumpers, trying to keep it real.’ It’s just a shame ‘real’ now sounds so trite.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate Duet please thanks
Arc it’s a pop-rock album of great tracks with fun production that showcases the potential this band has. The vocalist brings a lot of personality to the record. The aesthetic of this album is very vibrant and dark at the same time, that makes it feel entertaining and exciting, but sometimes confusing. Sometimes it feels like it lacks of something, some songs build a lot of tension that is never really over, an that makes them less enjoyable than they could be. For me, personally ... read more
"Arc" is a fun experimental indie album that has quite a few memorable tracks. A few tracks can feel a tad bland... just like this review.

Fav Tracks: Duet, Kemosabe, Don't Try, Cough Cough, Torso Of The Week, Choice Mountain, Radiant, Armourland

Least Fav Track: The Peaks

FUCK this is good.

"Man Alive" is great, but "Arc" is beautiful awesome amazing...

...and beautiful...

...and amazing...

Fav Tracks: Duet and everything from Feet For Hands to the end
Least Fav: none
Can we start giving Arc the appreciation it deserves? K thankssss
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Track List

  1. Cough Cough
  2. Kemosabe
  3. Torso Of The Week
  4. Duet
  5. Choice Mountain
  6. Feet For Hands
  7. Undrowned
  8. _Arc_
  9. Armourland
  10. The House Is Dust
  11. Radiant
  12. The Peaks
  13. Don't Try
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Added on: January 2, 2013