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Everything All The Time, a stellar album from an incredibly unique and talented band, comprised solely of horses.
Having heard No One's Gonna Love You from the band's second album Cease To Begin on BBC 6Music, and with the song instantly appealing to me, I chose to give the band a search and started to listen to their first album. From start to finish, Cease To Begin encapsulates the band's sound and offers the listener an experience that is rivalled by few.
The 10 track record contains a wonderful mix of songs that when brought together provide a truly pleasurable listen. The album's opener, the aptly named The First Song, is enough to rekindle that joyful feeling you associate with great albums even when heard for the 50th time. It's never easy to describe a song, and The First Song is no exception, but when Bridwell's vocals combine with the rest of the sound, it mingles so well as to really create something special. Listeners shouldn't expect Linkin Park-esque vocals that are memorable after one play; Bridwell's voice is somewhat of an acquired taste, with his lyrics sometimes finding themselves lost in the entirety of what is heard. Nevertheless, this doesn't detract from what is a fantastic start to an album. Verses, bridges and choruses all combine to create a magical sound.
There isn't a single album-filler included on the record; each song has its own sound and will be remembered by listeners for bringing smiles to faces. Stand-out tracks such as The Funeral and Our Swords can be heard to give a little insight into what to expect upon listening to the record, but it should be played from start to finish to really do it justice.
Catchy songs and Bridwell's continued mystical lyrics really do offer the listener something different to the mainstream alternative music available. You will enjoy trying to deciphering the lyrics and depict their meaning, it's a challenge that anyone should enjoy accepting.
All I can do is ask for you to listen to this album. It has everything a record should; it ticks every box and pushes buttons we never knew even existed. My favourite album, and hopefully yours too after you've given it a try.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 First Song
2 Wicked Gil
3 Our Swords
5 Part One
6 Great Salt Lake
7 Weed Party
8 I Go To The Barn Because I Like The
10 St Augustine