REVIEW: A Fever Dream
Everything Everything: A Fever Dream
By Jackson Lavell-Lee
On the arrival of Falls festival, we decided to look back at Everything Everything’s 2017 album A Fever Dream. As the excitement builds for their falls downtown set in particular, my expectations of Jonathan Higgs voice being as angelic live as it is on this album is reaching fever pitch. The guitar throughout this album is a dream and the keyboard intro on Night of the Long Knives is chaotic and anxious yet soothing in its unpredictability. A Fever Dream is as thoughtful as it is beautiful; with criticisms of Donald Trump’s juvenile behaviour and the prevalent depression of living in a concrete jungle amongst big cities Ivory Tower’s providing a worldwide societal commentary from the Manchester band. Good shot, Good Soldier takes aim at the commodity ideals of the value in one’s life that is enforced in not only our defence forces but by every materialistic person in our capitalistic society.
80’s rock ballads are visited throughout the style of the album which is modernized by the electronica elements intertwined within the heavy drums and guitar solos. It is a chaotic album with a lot of conflicting ideas, making for an ambiguous listen. Tracks like Run the Numbers, Desire and Big Game will get any rock fan banging their head whilst pop lovers dance in the fields of falls. New Deep provides a more soothing and neat antidote for the frenetic flair that composes most of A Fever Dream balancing the entire piece of work. Everything Everything have delivered an exceptionally well structured and thought-provoking fourth album that demonstrates the band’s undoubted talent and class.