Is it too early yet to say ARC by Everything Everything is the album of the year?
It certainly accomplishes all the things a second album is supposed to accomplish – Keeps what made the first album great while adding a greater musical proficiency and improved songwriting and sound.
MAN ALIVE, Everything Everything’s debut record, was IMO the best record of 2010. An explosion of jerky, spastic energy, over the top vocals, and deep tunefulness.
ARC is not as immediate but after listening four or five times in the last week, I would have to say it is a better record. Like a professional athlete who bursts through and then has to work on upping his game, they have the same energy as the first record but use it more sparingly. The songs are more complex drawing the band’s instinctively catchy nature into lengthy grooves.
LOST SIRENS is composed of tracks recorded during what will probably be the last New Order album WAITING FOR THE SIRENS CALL.
My initial thoughts on this record were where’s Peter Hook? He can be heard on a few of the songs but a lot of the time he’s buried in the mix. Is this revenge taken by Bernard Sumner and others for his leaving the band?
If you are a New Order fan such as I, this is a nice record, great fun(especially like “Sugarcane”a distillation of all that is great about this band) although Hook’s diminished presence makes it feel more like Sumner/Johnny Marr’s side project Electronic than New Order….That’s not necessarily a bad thing!