Everybody Down

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  • Summary: The British poet's debut solo rap release was produced by Dan Carey.

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The Truth
It's all relative, right? One thought, many thinkers One flame, many cinders One view, many windows Love in a time without sacrifice We want what we... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Mojo
    Jul 24, 2014
    80
    As the plot inexorably winds on to its tense denouement, the depth of tempest's storytelling ensures the album yields more with each further play. [Jul 2014, p.88]
  2. 80
    Everybody Down brings to life a plotline that’ll be more fully explored in Tempest’s debut novel, published by Bloomsbury later this year. It’s hard to imagine it being more gripping than this, though.
  3. May 27, 2014
    80
    Tempest delivers her labyrinthine tales with forensic detail offered gracefully like Saul Williams, Roots Manuva, Asian Dub Foundation and Tricky / Martina Topley-Bird on Pre-Millennium Tension (think “Bad Dream”).
  4. May 22, 2014
    75
    The fact that Tempest offers very little in the way of hope (the rest of the album's tale has been one of disaster so to believe any happy ending will last is naive at best) is representative of her bold story-telling, but it also means that through heavy beats and dispiriting lyrics, this is a tough album to get through in one piece.
  5. Nov 4, 2014
    75
    Everybody Down may try to tackle too much in its 48-minute run time, but even if the story isn't always coherent, the emotions of the characters shine through.
  6. Oct 22, 2014
    70
    Everybody Down is powerful and gritty and it tackles subjects such as sex work and drug deals with wit and subtlety beyond measure. It’s just not as good as it perhaps should have been from such a prolific talent.
  7. 60
    Tempest is an epic talent, definitely, but this doesn’t quite nail it down.

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  1. Jun 6, 2014
    9
    It's refreshing to hear sheer poetry being spat over a beat. I have only until recently discovered Kate Tempest, and I can only say that I amIt's refreshing to hear sheer poetry being spat over a beat. I have only until recently discovered Kate Tempest, and I can only say that I am impressed with her historical knowledge and modern (yet humbly sophisticated) language and writing. Also, her unique voice, compounded by her vernacular, is nice to listen to. To address the musical side, the album provides a unique sound— not UK grime; not American rap, but an interesting and inviting mixture between classic hip-hop, slow-paced DnB beats, house synths/FX, and simple storytelling. I highly recommend listening to this album. Expand
  2. Jun 5, 2015
    7
    Kate is an amazing poet, but she needs to decide what rout she is going down. She got some major kudos and some $ from the UK for her poetry.Kate is an amazing poet, but she needs to decide what rout she is going down. She got some major kudos and some $ from the UK for her poetry. I saw her in New Orleans and she was pretty cool, but she kicked the clubs sound guy out for her own, and she was a bit amateurish. She is happy to embrace her non-pop aesthetic, but she might need a little grooming. Expand