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  • Summary: The second album for the British singer was produced by Paul Epworth.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. At only nine tracks long, Everything Is New never outstays its welcome, and is the perfect riposte for anyone who had previously dismissed Penate as a scenester who'd got lucky.
  2. 80
    The makeover has done him proud. [Aug 2009, p.108]
  3. His songs are gloriously, unabashedly pop: it's hard to detect anything studied or knowing about them or their musical references. Instead it sounds like the gleeful, inspired work of a man who's recently undergone a Damascene musical conversion, possibly at the hands of his producer, Paul Epworth.
  4. Everything is New is a gifted and resounding response to the many nay-sayers out there. It’s not the best Peñate could have done but who else could have expected this kind of departure?
  5. With a greater use of the minor key, he's added flecks of sentiment to what is, predominantly, a very solid pop record. Just don't get bogged down in genre compartmentalisation.
  6. Penate has gutted his sound and replaced it with something expressive, warmly empathetic and, best of all, blindingly spangly.
  7. 40
    This time he's crafted a more parent-friendly brand of earnest pop that isn't quite as irritating, but is sadly no more engaging. [Aug 2009, p.101]

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. paul
    Aug 21, 2009
    9
    Don't know much about the London indie scene so don't hold that against this record. i think it's fantastic. if i had to Don't know much about the London indie scene so don't hold that against this record. i think it's fantastic. if i had to describe it using existing comparisons i would say it's like if robert smith was less dour and inspired by Brazilian music. perfect for a drive on a sunny day or a vibrant party. not for those turned off by pop and polish. Expand
  2. MarkR
    Aug 22, 2009
    8
    One of my favorites of the year so far. I wasn't all that into his debut, so I was pleasantly surprised by this one. "Let's All One of my favorites of the year so far. I wasn't all that into his debut, so I was pleasantly surprised by this one. "Let's All Die" is my favorite. Not sure why this currently has such a low user rating. Expand
  3. MarkW
    Dec 5, 2009
    8
    I have no idea who the hell this guy is, but apparently I'm supposed to hate him because the British tabloids hate him. Meh. This I have no idea who the hell this guy is, but apparently I'm supposed to hate him because the British tabloids hate him. Meh. This ignorant American LOVES this album. One question, though: Who's he dating? Expand
  4. DavidH
    Aug 21, 2009
    2
    It's impossible to take anything seriously on this ghastly record. The re-invention of his sound does not change that Penate still has It's impossible to take anything seriously on this ghastly record. The re-invention of his sound does not change that Penate still has one of those awful Mockney singing voices so prevellant in the incresingly boring London indie scene. Musically it is only occasionally interesting, but the minute Jack opens his mouth, I had to fight the urge to press 'skip'. Ghastly. Expand