A Fever Dream 6/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - Mixed bless­ings from manch­ester max­i­mal­ists STePHen DaL­Ton

Aim­ing for more co­he­sion than they man­aged on their three pre­vi­ous genre-mash­ing al­bums, Ev­ery­thing Ev­ery­thing still can­not quite con­tain their un­gainly max­i­mal­ist overload on A Fever Dream. Work­ing with pro­ducer James Ford (Arc­tic Mon­keys, Depeche Mode), the Manch­ester-based quar­tet muster more rock mus­cle than usual here, hit­ting agree­able heights of soul-stir­ring melan­choly on the Cold­play-es­que elec­tro-rock lament “Put Me To­gether” and the shim­mer­ing “Good Shot, Good Sol­dier”. But singer Jonathan Higgs is some­times more li­a­bil­ity than as­set, pil­ing up arch Alex Turner-ish word­play in a strained falsetto over densely packed but grace­less patch­works of rock, alt.pop and glitchy elec­tron­ica. Com­mend­able am­bi­tions, un­even re­sults.

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