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Album Review: RE-ANIMATOR by Everything Everything

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Everything Everything is a UK based indie rock band from Manchester. I think a lot of people can relate to this, but I first found the band through their 2015 album, Get to Heaven. If you listened to my latest podcast episode, you know that I wasn't able to listen to it for a while since the United States version didn't come out for another few months. However, I was hooked to that album ever since. I don't really care for their 2017 album, but from the few promotional tracks I listened to, I knew I was a bit more excited for their fifth studio album, RE-ANIMATOR.

The first track from the album is Lost Powers. It starts out with a simple guitar melody, as well as string instruments to back it up. You are greeted with the familiar vocalist from the group, especially with his notable falsetto voice. The track is a bit different than what I was expecting, but it's definitely not a bad track to open up the album. However, it does slowly grow in intensity as it progresses. The track continues to focus on the phrase 'Come on, you only lost your mind.' He also says that it touches on the theme of the album, which has to do with mental health.

Big Climb starts out a bit differently. You have a quick few seconds of percussive notes but then are greeted with the high pitched vocals and short notes. The track seems to take plenty of turns throughout the first minute. The rotation of the melody does remain the same, but it is quite strange to see this many changes throughout the track. Despite the plenty of turns, it's a pretty solid track with a killer chorus. While this track could have a different meaning with the current state of the world, it's actually about climate change and how the current levels of carbon dioxide are higher than they have ever been.

It Was A Monstering sounds eerily familiar to the sound that Muse used to produce back in the 90s and early 2000s. With the laid back guitars and of course, the prominent running bass line during the chorus, there's no doubt that Muse was an influence for this track. Some other people have pointed out the Radiohead inspiration, which is expected since Radiohead was an influence for Muse. The lead singer, Jonathan, has said there's a lot of urban legends tied into the album and he tried to paint himself as a monster or an outsider.

Planets takes on a change of direction with the heavy synth-pop influence as the track begins. The entire track is basically just a synth-heavy tune since they just build on the layers of synths throughout the track. Not really sure what I think of this track since I usually enjoy synth-pop. However, I am not getting the same level of enjoyment from this one. This track, while talking about planets, is moreso begging and asking for acceptance and to be loved by others.

Moonlight is another track that opens up quietly and softly. While the instrumentation doesn't seem to make sense during the verses, it does have a quick feeling of serenity and calmness during the end of the chorus. This track has to do with feeling a bit hopeless and stuck in your life, which a lot of people might be feeling right now. However, he reassures many people that it is okay and that there is still hope in the end.

Arch Enemy is a bit more jumpy and exciting in nature. You have the glitchy and quick synth notes that are sprinkled out for the melody. According to the lead singer himself, this was quite a weird and odd track for them. The lead singer also talks about how this track talks about a man who is hearing voices in his head. They also talk about how this person that is hearing voices thinks this is from the voice of a god.

Lord Of The Trapdoor starts off pretty quiet and mellow with just a guitar and drum part carrying on the melody. It doesn't really grow on much from here, but I do love the small bass part that comes in later in the track. Also, there is a small break out guitar solo towards the middle and the end of the track. The backup vocals are pretty soothing as well. According to others, people have said that this track is similar to Ivory Tower since it talks about internet keyboard warriors.

Black Hyena starts off more eerie and dark in nature since it has the glitchy bass notes and synth notes. Also, the vocals make you think that there is something unusual. The lead singer wants you to picture Dr. Frankenstein and his zombies. I guess it's just better to quote what the lead singer said, "It's a warning sign about f*cking around with nature too much, I guess." That also draws on the line of the hyena biting the 'idiot'.

In Birdsong continues with the mellow, soft, and quiet musical pieces from the album. It opens up with quiet instrumentation and Jonathan's soft vocals. It does eventually grow in intensity, especially his vocals. I can't really get into this track much, even with several different listens. The concept seems to focus on what it would be like if you were the first ever human on Earth. It's a strange concept, but it took him three weeks to come up with the entire track.

The Actor opens up with a simple drum kick beat and a melodious guitar. The simple beat that opens up the track seems to set the stage for something more later in the track. However, I was a bit disappointed when it came to the chorus. The swooping/swooshing effect with the vocals doesn't really cut it for me. While I get that the track talks about the mind of someone with schizophrenia, the effect just makes the track sound lazier.

The last and final track from the album is Violent Sun. This is definitely more upbeat and fun in nature. I do enjoy the running guitar chords at the beginning as well as the vocals opening up the track. I do get a sense of nostalgia with the synths sprinkled throughout. Rightfully so, the lead singer says the track is about being young, however, you know that time is eventually running out. There's a whole feeling of emotions that come along with it.

I thought I was feeling good about this album from the start, but the further we dove into the album, it just starts to get boring. The last half of the album, besides the closing track, is really hard to listen to since there isn't much going on. At least it was better than their 2017 album.
Overall Rating: 6/10
Favorite Tracks: Lost Powers, Big Climb, Lord Of The Trapdoor, Violent Sun

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