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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
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  1. Feb 19, 2015
    9
    Everything Ever Written is an unbelievable and unexpected return to form for Idlewild. That's probably a gross understatement, as EEW might actually be the band's best album to date. The level of ambition and sonic texture found on this LP is far superior to anything the band has released prior. The way the songs flow and build into an atmospheric, cohesive experience is really quiteEverything Ever Written is an unbelievable and unexpected return to form for Idlewild. That's probably a gross understatement, as EEW might actually be the band's best album to date. The level of ambition and sonic texture found on this LP is far superior to anything the band has released prior. The way the songs flow and build into an atmospheric, cohesive experience is really quite masterful. Yet on the flipside, this record also collects up the many different eras of Idlewild into one package. 'On Another Planet' takes care of the brash punk of Hope is Important and A Hundred Broken Windows. 'Radium Girl' is pure The Remote Part style mainstream pop. 'Nothing I Can Do About It' and 'Like A Clown' could have easily found a home on Warnings / Promises. 'Collect Yourself' sounds like it comes directly from Make Another World and 'Come On Ghost' is the best single that Post Electric Blues never had. More than the sum of it's parts, sounding fresher than ever but somehow recalling the band's best moments, Idlewild's Everything Ever Written is a fantastic record. Expand
  2. Feb 16, 2015
    6
    As a big Idlewild fan, I was very excited when they announced their return with "Everything Ever Written" - however, I was not a big fan of the two radio tracks, "Collect Yourself" and "Come on Ghost." The saxophones and inconsistent guitar quality distracted me from taking in the rest of the sound and this hasn't gotten any better. "Collect Yourself"'s wonky chorus is a sign of how theAs a big Idlewild fan, I was very excited when they announced their return with "Everything Ever Written" - however, I was not a big fan of the two radio tracks, "Collect Yourself" and "Come on Ghost." The saxophones and inconsistent guitar quality distracted me from taking in the rest of the sound and this hasn't gotten any better. "Collect Yourself"'s wonky chorus is a sign of how the rest of the album will play out. The record feels more improvised than anything else they've put out and it's a very unique sound. That sound, while worth exploring, is not what I love about Idlewild, so while the overall effort has a mixed bag, the majority of the tracks are misses for me. I hope with time I'll grow to appreciate this album, but for now, I'm largely disappointed. Expand
  3. Mar 7, 2015
    3
    With a great blast of a tune to promote this album there was a lot to look forward to for this album, unfortunately, it's appears an inconsistent -both by the guitars and the production- plod of attention dimming disappointment, where nothing here brings the album to a lighter stance.
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77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Kerrang!
    Mar 10, 2015
    80
    It's adventurous, daring, different. [7 Feb 2015, p.54]
  2. Classic Rock Magazine
    Feb 26, 2015
    80
    While the album lacks the killer punch of a big hit single, it's full of charm and depth, making it a rare treat indeed. [Apr 2015, p.100]
  3. Feb 20, 2015
    70
    Everything Ever Written even ends with a pleasant curveball, the gorgeous Utopia, an illuminating reverie that poignantly illustrates the measures people take to adapt to their surroundings in spite of the final outcome.