Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell

Everything Is Recorded - Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #451 / 830
User Score
Based on 86 ratings
2018 Ratings: #350
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Bringing along friends like Sampha, Ibeyi, Kamasi Washington, Syd and even Peter Gabriel among others this album, while definitely more of a collection than cohesive record, is one that will really surprise you.


Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell is a moving, beautiful album that offers community as a cure for loneliness. Even if at times he's somewhat overshadowed by his collaborators, Russell manages to have his voice shine through. 

Under The Radar
The album that the project has produced is perhaps the first truly fantastic record of the year and one that shows that, when we come together, we can create something that is much more than the sum of it's parts, a lesson that in 2018, could become increasingly hard to remember.

Diverse talents are woven together with ease by a man with an encyclopaedic knowledge of how music can affect us. The end result is something truly special.

Overall, ‘Everything Is Recorded’ is a successful debut – however as impressive and clean as it sounds you can’t help but feel that this collaborative effort is a warm up project; Russell definitely seems to be holding some things back, perhaps testing the waters with this project before heading in a certain musical direction. Whatever that direction may be in the future, it will surely make for interesting listening based upon this project.

The ultimate effect of all that ego sublimation is a somewhat scattered album with quietly stunning highs, if not much of a centering force.


Despite what the project's name implies and Russell's busload of rappers, singers, and fellow players -- a head count that greatly exceeds the 13 names listed beneath the track list -- Everything Is Recorded is the opposite of an unfocused mess.

The Line of Best Fit

Although he may be the keystone that holds this record together, Russell seems more comfortable behind the boards, letting the talents of his collaborators take centre stage.

The Observer

Russell frustratingly holds back ... from any meaningfully esoteric or challenging music on Everything Is Recorded. None of this music looks into the void and holds its gaze.

Richard Russell (propietario de XL Recordings) decidió publicar un disco de colaboraciones hace un par de años del que conozco mucho pero siempre he tenido pendiente. A sabiendas de que "todo está grabado", presenta un conjunto de duetos entre generaciones pasadas y nuevos artistas de su sello:

1. Intro ☆ El disco abre con un pequeño monólogo del pastor T.D. Jakes que sirve como introducción para la siguiente canción, con frases como ... read more
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Everything Is Recorded is a project that I am entirely split with and that is why my score is exactly 50.

There are some parts of this album, namely the parts with Sampha in that seem to be excel, "Close But Not Quite" as well as "Everything Is Recorded" are very good tracks and fit well with the album's overall theme.

However, there are a quite few songs that I didn't like such as "Mountains Of Gold", "Bloodshot Red Eyes" and "Cane".
This studio album by XL Recordings founder Richard Russell brings in a wide range of interesting artists from the likes of Sampha and Ibeyi, to stir up some wonderful, spiritual and poetic content with some samples from not just obscure tracks from the past, but also meaningful, motivational monologues.
What's fascinating about the name of the album "Everything Is Recorded" is taken from a line in the final track of the same name ("Deep behind your eyes everything is ... read more
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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Close But Not Quite (feat. Sampha)
  3. She Said (feat. Obongjayar & Kamasi Washington)
  4. Wet Looking Road (feat. Giggs)
  5. Mountains of Gold (feat. Sampha, Ibeyi, Wiki & Kamasi Washington)
  6. Show Love (feat. Syd & Sampha)
  7. Echoes in the Bone - Interlude (feat. Rachel Zeffira)
  8. Bloodshot Red Eyes (feat. Infinite & Green Gartside)
  9. Cane (feat. Ibeyi)
  10. Purify - Interlude (feat. Infinite & Peter Gabriel)
  11. Be My Friend (feat. Infinite)
  12. Everything Is Recorded (feat. Sampha & Owen Pallett)
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Added on: January 11, 2018