Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell

Everything Is Recorded - Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #402 / 735
User Score
Based on 85 ratings
2018 Ratings: #408
February 16, 2018 / Release Date
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XL / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Northern Transmissions

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.

80
Exclaim!

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. 

80
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.
80
Clash

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.

77
GIGsoup
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.
72
Pitchfork

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

70
AllMusic

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.

70
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.

60
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.

RKanharn
50
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".
DalekTurret32
94
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
80
The new project from music industry revolutionary, Richard Russell, features collaborations with Sampha, Kamasi Washington, Syd, Ghostface Killah's son, and even Peter Gabriel among others. While definitely more of a collection than cohesive record, its one that will really surprise you.
65
Highlight - Close but not quite - terrific tune
abdcorner
69
"Everything is Recorded by Richard Russell" is the debut record of XL Recordings co-founder Richard Russell. Running at a clean 38-minutes with 12 tracks, this record features several guests, like Syd, Sampha, Wiki, Owen Pallett, Kamasi Washington, and, somewhere but I don't know exactly where, Peter Gabriel, among others. Clearly, talent is not lacking here and several tracks, such as "Close but Not Quite" and "Bloodshot Red Eyes" reinforce just how necessary ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#2/Rough Trade
#43/Q Magazine

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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