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Everything Everything: Mountainhead Review – essential humanity | Indie

staticwire | April 1, 2024
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In Everything Everything’s newest album, “Mountainhead,” the band continues their exploration of the horrors and possibilities of the postmodern age. After 17 years of pushing boundaries and delivering exceptional music, the band delivers an album that is both thought-provoking and musically impressive.

Frontman Jonathan Higgs, known for his deep lyrics and unique vocal style, takes on the role of an embattled everyman in the midst of a tumultuous world. The album moves away from traditional guitar-driven sounds towards more synthetic textures, but maintains the band’s essential humanity.

From the opening track “Wild Guess,” with its elastic bass and rush of sound, to singles like “Cold Reactor,” “Mountainhead” showcases Everything Everything’s ability to balance commerciality and profundity. The album’s concept of a subjugated society digging itself further away from the top of the heap is both timely and unsettling.

While the band still maintains their questing intensity, they have learned to incorporate more breathing space into their compositions. Tracks like “The Witness” explore themes of trauma and societal decay, leaving the listener in a contemplative state long after the album has ended.

“Mountainhead” may not have the instant gratification of a conventional hit single, but it is a cohesive and thought-provoking piece of work that demands repeated listens. Everything Everything have once again proven that they are not only able to adapt to the changing musical landscape, but also to push the boundaries of what is expected from a concept album.

On a scale of 0 to 10, I would rate “Mountainhead” an 8.5. It is a strong addition to the band’s already impressive discography and a standout concept album of the year.

Written by staticwire

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