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The Sea and Cake
Everybody
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Rating: 6.9/10 ?


May 7, 2007
Everybody is The Sea and Cake's seventh full-length album, and their first since 2003 (One Bedroom). A four-year break might have signaled personal growth, soul searching, or otherwise creatively altering circumstance for any one of the band's four longtime primary players, but it didn't. Everybody is an eagerly awaited resurfacing of one of the most consistent and enjoyable bands indie rock has ever called its own, and the effort doesn't stray from form.

For listeners looking for signs of disparity, this time around there is very little. Everybody is probably the group's most straightforward rock album in a while, relying on lead singer Sam Prekop's characteristic cutting-but-wispy vocal timbre and light electric guitars that shimmy brief hooks in between jangling verse chords (Prekop cited The Kinks as a driving force of influence here). This album also marks the first time that the band has used a recording engineer other than their own John McEntire, and the change seems to have little noticeable effect for those who wouldn't otherwise know the difference.

Maybe one slight difference to be found with Everybody is that it finds the group leaning more heavily on solid songwriting rather than catchy aural elements such as sound sampling, drum production, or non-standard rock instrumentation (although Ken Champion lays down pedal steel for "Middlenight" and "Transparent") that they have been known to do in the past. During tunes such as the parenthetically referenced "Middlenight" or "Coconut," McEntire's extra free time is spent focusing on the addition of tambourine beat accentuations, and shaker/triangle color. Additionally fresh to the rhythmic set are forays into slightly ethnic-tinged drumbeats like the uptempo African groove of "Exact to Me" or the slow flowing tom-tom exploration of closer "Transparent."

Everybody is an album of important - but not overproduced - vocal and guitar presence. If drawing superlatives, no one would call this one The Sea and Cake's best or worst album, instead maybe their most mature and steady release to date. And for a band that is as well-regarded as they are, Everybody might be less than lustrous in their own catalog but tops most group's bests.

Reviewed by Josh Zanger
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