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 beaten track, Get to Heaven remains the most significant evolution and their most successful album to date. It's a bit like a climax, where all the stars are aligned, touched by a state of grace. As brilliant as it is, many artists/groups who are lucky enough to one day release such a fantastic and unique piece, dream of being able to achieve this feat again. This is often the reason why legends write their history. Following on from that with a delicious and sensational step like A Fever Dream, the band started to go around in circles when you think about it. That's when Re-Animator came out today, which sounds like a new breath, a new perception.
Maybe the novelties are not as striking at first, because musically we are always more or less on a mix of flavors between Art Pop and Art Rock, with a Jonathan Higgs who by his voice always makes me think of Thom Yorke. Yet unlike many clones of the Radiohead singer, Higgs is armed enough to stand out. After a few artistic changes, working notably for John Congleton, Everything Everything is also taking a new direction in the way of approaching the album. Very centered on the human and psychology, the band moved away from politics and social issues, exploding a different point of view. Higgs often uses punchy words and phrases, often with humor and satire, touching on what can hurt. Throughout the album, you get this strange feeling of being both warm and hypnotic, but nothing is ever predictable. If the writing/composing and the making of this album are the strong points of the album, the different approach and the inspiration that comes from it shows the ambition that Re-Animator exudes. Something that was missing I find on their previous one. To conclude, apart from this album that I love without its "concept", Everything Everything also shows that they still know how to write really fabulous independent songs like the outroduction Violent Sun or Big Climb