Everything Everything - A Fever Dream
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2017 Ratings: #163 / 717
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Based on 191 ratings
2017 Ratings: #223
August 18, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
The 405

An album that unflinchingly surveys the personal and societal tolls that the year’s seismic shifts in national and global politics have taken, all whilst continuing to push at the borders of what a pop song can be.

90
Exclaim!

Everything Everything continue to push their creativity and abilities as a group on A Fever Dream, shifting and adapting their sound while retaining their knack for melody, challenging rhythms and standout lyricism.

90
Drowned in Sound

Over the top? Yeah. Misanthropic? Frequently. Inspiring? Bloody hell, yes. One of our best – certainly one of our most interesting – bands has played another blinder.

87
GIGsoup

A more polished and focussed album than their previous efforts, 'A Fever Dream' is a triumph of eclectic sounds and memorable lyrics that makes for their best album yet.

85
The Line of Best Fit

It’s an exciting and very cohesive addition to an increasingly sprawling back catalogue. It expands an overarching narrative that becomes clearer, angrier, and more relatable with each step.

85
Under The Radar

A Fever Dream contains not just the most focused, polished songwriting of the band's career, but also some tender, sincere balladry, a new look for them.

80
The Skinny
Intrinsically critical, the album delivers the band’s message via their consistently experimental approach to genre, striving for uniqueness in an oversubscribed marketplace.
80
The Guardian

In its subtler, more sophisticated moments, A Fever Dream is an astounding album: anxiety-inducing, perhaps, but also appropriate.

80
AllMusic

Altogether, A Fever Dream is confrontational, warped, emotionally and aurally high-contrast, and full of turmoil, but reliable in its infectiousness.

80
DIY

It’s an intense, dizzy trip that takes quite some digesting, but with brilliant results.

80
Clash

Bold, uncompromising and totally EE, ‘A Fever Dream’ further cements the idea that the Manchester outfit will one day be considered as one of art-pop’s true greats.

80
NME

Fortunately they’ve couched each depressing mess in some of their most bombastic and beautiful melodies to date.

80
musicOMH

Four albums in finds them throughout Fever Dream constantly challenging musical and cultural conventions.

71
Pitchfork

A rare example of indie-rock insurrection in Britain, A Fever Dream—darkly glamorous, flamboyantly appalled—is a fine monument to the nation’s despair.

70
God Is in the TV

A Fever Dream continues Everything Everything praise-worthy wordplay, powerful commentary and quirky mix of modern terminology meets erudite phrases.

65
Northern Transmissions

Taking clever notes from artists like Major Lazer in their mix of beats and quirky instrumentation, “A Fever Dream” has a weird EDM pop drive to its sound that’s all too infectious. Even when the lyrics slip out of their catchier moments, the drive is too addictive to give up.

60
No Ripcord

Everything Everything continue to convey their bottomless ideas effortlessly, chained to the rhythm, even if their dizzying dance is beginning to show signs of fatigue.

60
Crack Magazine

There are moments of innovation as A Fever Dream ends, winding down with glitchy samples and muted ambient production. But for the most part Everything Everything bizarrely sound like club remix versions of their own songs.

60
The Needle Drop
The latest Everything Everything album finds the UK art pop outfit taking their songwriting in a moodier and somewhat more conventional direction.
tinymusiccritic
90
My review for The405:

“Is there something wrong with all of this?
Or is there something wrong with me?”

As a middle class, leftist, liberal white guy, unfairly privileged by education and circumstance, I find myself relating to the above sentiment, as expressed by Jonathan Higgs on ‘New Deep’, the penultimate track of his band’s excellent fourth album. It’s impossible to follow the news from one day to the next and not come to one of two conclusions: either ... read more
Strangelightsyd
71
I thought analyzing this thing and really seeing what it's about would make me appreciate it more but instead it just made me notice more and more flaws in terms of lyrics. Contrary to every other EE album, it doesn't paint these big pictures of the present world or have a larger concept. Instead it only sketches a small image of 2016,that image really just being about Brexit and Trump. The production and instrumentation is still a huge strong point as it is with all of their albums, but the ... read more
scott96k
78
On their fourth album, Everything Everything return with another progressive pop album full of bouncing energy mixed with feelings of estrangement with the world today. By blending catchy pop tunes with thought provoking subject matter, A Fever Dream feels particularly relevant.

Formed in Manchester, England late 2007, Everything Everything have made a name for themselves through their dynamic and eclectic approach to progressive pop. This has seen them gain critical acclaim most notably in ... read more
FearFlour
87
I had multiple orgasms.
Bjartolini
86
HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE
EDIT: IT'S OUT AND I'M STILL HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE BECAUSE HOLY SHIT
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#12/God Is In The TV
#29/Q Magazine
#38/Dork
#59/PopMatters

MISC LISTS

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Track List

  1. Night of the Long Knives
  2. Can't Do
  3. Desire
  4. Big Game
  5. Good Shot, Good Soldier
  6. Run the Numbers
  7. Put Me Together
  8. A Fever Dream
  9. Ivory Tower
  10. New Deep
  11. White Whale
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