Everything Is New - Jack Penate
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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. The album sings from start to finish with the hard-won joy of an artist coming to terms with his own mortality and finding himself all the better for it. [Summer 2009, p.62]
  2. 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.
  3. Peñate's enthusiasm for not only his source material, but for the empty canvas of 21st century commercial music itself, feels genuine enough, resulting in an infectious club- and radio-ready collection of cosmopolitan pop that feels both familiar and expansive.
  4. That it’s couched in such swirling, euphoric music is an unexpected masterstroke, one that turns Everything Is New into not just an unexpected comeback but an album that suggests that whatever guise he adopts next Jack Penate is worth watching.
  5. Jack Penate has made a record that’s light on its feet, has glamour bordering on sex appeal and that doesn’t make you wish a fatwa upon its author.
  6. 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.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. paul
    Aug 21, 2009
    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
    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
    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
    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