Everything Ecstatic

  • Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: May 31, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. This is an awesome, magnificent, incandescent, trailblazing record.
  2. The drums get busy at times, but never fear--this sounds more like Rounds than it does like anything else. Just a little funkier.
  3. Like Madlib or MF DOOM, Four Tet is at the crest of the electronica/hip-hop wave, forcing the genre's evolution into new realms and making everyone else look like amateurs in the process.
  4. When Pause came out in 2001, that sounded like an artist at his peak. But get this: He's still at his peak, and the view is no less scintillating, crisp, and sweet, rolling with drums and shaded by clouds of horn reverb and file-sharing swish.
  5. "Everything Ecstatic" pulses with imagination and subtle talent, choosing to follow a sweet technicolour road rather than take a harder, and far well trodden path.
  6. Even at its most intense, Everything Ecstatic combines percussive aggression with warmth and vivid emotion.
  7. Magnet
    Emphasizes melodic intention in a manner that transcends electronica or the outer reaches of experimental hip hop. [#68, p.92]
  8. It boasts the asset of versatility, possessing the buoyancy and charisma of a distinguishable party album whilst remaining resistant to the usual temptations associated with the so-called “lap-pop” tag.
  9. Mojo
    It's a noticeably urban record, an irritated rebuttal to the notion that dance music is dead. [Jun 2005, p.98]
  10. An album of considerable depths, beauties and terrifying contrasts.
  11. This is his best flowing album to date, his most demanding, most infuriating, most invigorating and most intense.
  12. It lacks the mind-blowing qualities that made Rounds the essential album in his catalogue, but Everything Ecstatic is another must-own from Four Tet, the most reliable of producers.
  13. There are more ideas in a few minutes of Everything Ecstatic than on most big dance producers' recent albums.
  14. Uncut
    Four Tet's epiphany is concerned entirely with the properties of sound itself. [Jun 2005, p.117]
  15. Even if it is hard at certain points to cut through the thick fog of psych drum riffs, Everything Ecstatic leaves ears ringing like a loud summer afternoon in the city – sun-drenched cacophony that doesn’t quite know where it’s going just yet.
  16. It's the sound of a music fiend obsessively pawing at his record collection and troubling over ways to pay it proper tribute.
  17. New Musical Express (NME)
    Hebden has recalibrated his sound to something darker and more rhythmic, without losing a note of melody. [21 May 2005, p.66]
  18. Everything Ecstatic doesn’t come together as solidly as prior Four Tet releases, but it unquestionably contains the blueprint for far greater explorations to come.
  19. Spin
    Sometimes Kieran Hebden's electronic music is dawn-over-the-Buddhist-shrine gorgeous. [Jun 2005, p.108]
  20. Everything Ecstatic marks his first slight step backward as a solo artist but it's hardly a failure.
  21. For the most part, Evertything Ecsatic succeeds, but occasionally Hebden strays from the path.
  22. Q Magazine
    Immediately satisfying. [Jun 2005, p.120]
  23. Blender
    This dense noise assault may not sustain the feeling of ecstasy from beginning to end, but its percolating trance rhythms... and captivating space experiments... connect on a visceral level that's rare in the cerebral world of electronic music. [Jun 2005, p.109]
  24. The left turn Hebden has taken into jumpy Krautrock with 2005's Everything Ecstatic will make listeners yearn for the clever, nuanced productions he turned in on Pause and Rounds.
  25. The Wire
    Hebden is a voracious consumer and producer of ideas, although there is sometimes the feeling, amid all this glut and gusto, that they're ideas for idea's sake. [#256, p.54]
  26. Everything Ecstatic provides an enjoyable listen, but it also sounds as much like a groping as a declaration.
  27. The album just doesn't have the innovation that previous albums from Hebden have shown.
  28. It’s an intermittently interesting and somewhat forward looking work-in-process, but at the moment Hebden sounds like an underground hip-hop producer with a few ideas but no MC.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. SanY
    Feb 18, 2006
    Four Tet is easily the world's most exciting electronic producer. "Everything Ecstatic" is an album that is incredibly technical and Four Tet is easily the world's most exciting electronic producer. "Everything Ecstatic" is an album that is incredibly technical and endlessly layered. "A Joy" is a prime example of this producer's talent for creating a masterpiece from slicing and dicing the most diverse genres. My favourite track of the album is the modest "Clouding," a warm firework display which inhabits the ill fitting mix of ethnic smash and comfortable flow which just encapsulates Four Tet's sound. Full Review »
  2. andrewh
    Aug 31, 2005
    Best Album Ever. Even better live.
  3. KellyP
    Aug 19, 2005
    Great sound, very eclectic, fun and chill at the same time