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Everybody

The Sea and CakeAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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The Sea and Cake are a band who need very little introduction. In their extensive 20 year career the band has bridged the gap between Brazilian music of the late 1960's, African influenced guitar lines, and independent pop. A sound that is entirely distinct, centered around the delicate guitar interplay of Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt, driven by the versatile rhythms of bassist Eric ... Read more in Amazon's The Sea and Cake Store

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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B000O170Y4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Up On Crutches
2. Too Strong
3. Crossing Line
4. Middlenight
5. Coconut
6. Exact To Me
7. Lighting
8. Introducing
9. Left On
10. Transparent

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A new record from the Sea and Cake is like a cool breeze, floating in off the water after a hot, sunny day. Unlike the dark, cerebral vibe of label-mates Tortoise (for whom drummer/producer John McEntire also plays and produces), The S&C plays loose. Still, the new record from Sam Prekop and company is especially relaxed, with songs that melt down into colorful smears. While 2003's One Bedroom was pointing in a more pop-oriented direction, Everybody is even more straightforward and stripped down, with only peripheral references to the jazzier sound of past efforts like 1995's The Biz. They're still capable of it though. Check out the free-form, jam-band vibe of "Left On," as McEntire's rollicking percussion dissolves over Prekop's gentle fadeout. But songs like the lead track, "Up on Crutches" are more representative, full of momentum and dynamics. Even the instrumentation is simpler; listen to the hand claps and the fuzz pedal on "Crossing Line." The Sea and Cake have never sounded uptight, but at times their beachy sound has seemed a little forced, like they were straining to suppress their experimental chops. But in challenging themselves to simplify, the band finally achieves a state of laid back clarity. It's the perfect soundtrack to lazy Sunday afternoons, letting Prekop's breathless voice dissolve like vapor against diffuse melodies and gliding guitars. Put on Everybody and tune out of the world. --Matthew Cooke

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Their first full-length in over four years continues to perfect their singular brand of dreamlike, hot-buttered pop music that sounds delicately handcrafted, yet effortless all the same. Sheets of glowing guitar tones skip along propulsive percussion underscored by gently funky, introspective bass lines, all adorned by breathlessly delivered lines of lyrical poetry.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May 11, 2007
By Glenn
Format:Audio CD
Spring is in the air and for me there's nothing better then sitting outside with a couple of friends while listening to the Sea and Cake

It has been 4 very long years since the last Sea and Cake album but with Everybody it was well worth the wait.

I've been a Sea and Cake fan for a long time and I know a lot of people are probably going to disagree with me when I say this but this is their best album to date.

Just like previous Sea and Cake album's Sam Prekop's smooth breathy croon draws you in but this time around his lyrics seem to be more audible and easier to understand and you'll easily find yourself singing along with every song.

Musically the band has never sounded better, with Everybody the Sea and Cake gracefully move away from the electronic synth sound that has been present on their last three albums but instead focus more on the up tempo post-rock pop style that brings back fond memories of Nassau and the Biz.

Also gone are the slower instrumental songs that at times would have a tendency to slow down the pace of the album. From guitar driven songs like "Crossing Lines" and "Exact to Me" to the airy sounds of "Middlenight" and "Transparent" or the very poppy "Too Strong" and my personal favorite," Lightning" the Sea and Cake deliver on what they do best and that's making great music.

The Sea and Cake has been a staple in the indie music scene for close to 13 years now and with their 7th release I truly hope this band gets the recognition they so rightfully deserve. Whether you've been a long time fan or if you're just getting in to the Sea and Cake for the first time this truly is an amazing album that "Everybody" will enjoy
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece from a great band August 20, 2007
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If I hadn't stumbled on a review of "One Bedroom" on NPR's "All Things Considered" one afternoon, I may well never have heard, or heard of this wonderful band. That accidental exposure to The Sea and Cake" started a love affair with their music, and it's high time others besides a cult audience latched onto this brilliant band.
"Everybody" is the long awaited followup to "One Bedroom", although singer and guitarist Sam Prekop submitted "Who's Your New Professor" between CD's to help us weather the wait for new S & C material.
"Up On Crutches" sets the tone, a tad bit more direct perhaps than the last two efforts, the aforementioned "One Bedroom" and the outstanding "Oui", which everybody who has any interest in beauty with a jazz flavor pop music should own. The new music still floats, caresses and soothes. Prekop's breathy vocals and the coolness of the guitars and keyboards defy gravity, and add new dimensions to jazz "cool", which only Steely Dan had previously understood as far as rock bands were concerned.
Even the feedback of "Left On" doesn't carve any ragged edges, and the closer features some very nice harmonies at the end.
This world isn't getting any safer, the pressures aren't getting any easier. We are in desperate need of tranquility that can settle our jagged nerves, and nobody does it better than the Sea and Cake.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New fan --- this record is AMAZING!!! May 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I just got into the Sea and Cake, and the only reason I'd even heard of them was because John McEntire produced Kaki King's "...Until We Felt Red" record, which is also incredible. I listened to the samples, and was immediately ready to buy this. It starts off strong and grows on you with each listen.

***UPDATE: Two weeks into this record, and it hasn't left my CD player once. I can definitely say that if you're into Sonic Youth, you will probably love the chunkiness of many of the guitar riffs and the grungy dissonance between the electric guitars throughout the CD.

After several listens, I believe the Sea and Cake have their own sound going, although I would say there are STRONG influences found in their music, only in very un-obvious ways. I hear Sonic Youth, Pink Floyd (especially #10 - if David Gilmour had penned this on his latest outing, it may have well become a radio hit, not that he wants a radio hit, but...) the Cure, Sufjan Stevens, Steely Dan, Flea-type basslines.... very cool. The music changes quite a bit throughout each song and throughout the whole album.

This music is perfect for road trips. I just took it to Santa Barbara for the weekend, and it was the perfect soundtrack to our travels.

I am SO GLAD I discovered this CD! One of the best of 2007.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart, Breezy Set. November 18, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It floats in and by before you know it. Tasty, smart, breezy set of tunes. No blasting--just airy, well-paced music. The vocalist wears on me, though. Very light, dry, breathy approach. Not actually singing--at least not in a full voice, but he's mostly the writer so there you go. The guitars are smooth, clean and creative. Nothing crunchy happens until Crossing Line. Middle Night has a Venture's style guitar intro. Exact To Me is bubbling with great changes in the middle. Left On has a bigger sound and stepped up pace. Sounds like a squealing guitar in there--that's more like it. Maybe my favorite on the album. There are also sophisticated electronics. I don't see how any modern bands can get along without them. I mean, forty years ago there were thousands upon thousands of songs held together by Hammond B3s and Moog. You might be tempted to call this fluff, but it's too artful. Repeated listens are the deal. Even if you are the only one in your crowd listening, this is cool and cruising.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
The best The Sea and Cake album so far (I didn't ear Runner Yet)

I recomend vividly it of course
Published 14 months ago by Rui Novais
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody should buy this "Everybody" album
This is the very first Sea and Cake album I ever bought which led me to buy the rest over the years, not to mention Sam Prekop's cd's. Read more
Published on December 23, 2011 by chrissy
5.0 out of 5 stars BLISS
this record is just that absolute bliss!
there is no other band like them- and they continue to impress with their african inspired guitar lines, mcentire's amazing drumming. Read more
Published on February 14, 2008 by embley
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the finest Chicago bands
The NINTH album from these guys and its one of the best. It might be the best breezy, sunny afternoon pop album of the year. I listened to this one constantly over the summer. Read more
Published on October 23, 2007 by Joseph Broze
3.0 out of 5 stars A melodic miss
In general this kind of cool wave is a great concept, and I like just about everything about the sound of this band, with the exception of the drums being a little too simple and... Read more
Published on August 6, 2007 by Nobody
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to form
With straight-up guitars, lyrics that are easier to follow, songs that are bit more tightly focused, "Everybody" is a step away from the process-heavy sound of "One Bedroom" and... Read more
Published on July 4, 2007 by Mark T
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly.
I sat up and listened, immediately liking this release. It certainly pays off on The Sea And Cake's ability to seamlessly both rock and swing. Read more
Published on June 20, 2007 by Stargrazer
4.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack for a Slow Summer Day
I am new to The Sea and Cake, having bought the CD based on a strong review on The Onion's AV Page. I like this band's sound a lot. Read more
Published on June 19, 2007 by Marcus Tullius Wardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sea and Cake album ever
I've been listening to this band since about 2000. I think I have pretty much all their music. Anyway, I originally heard of them when looking around for Tortoise CDs (both bands... Read more
Published on June 10, 2007 by Geoff Telemann
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rocking Return
I really enjoyed this CD, I purchased it in pre-order status so that I'd get it ASAP. My friend got some tickets to see them in Solana Beach in the San Diego area, and I wanted to... Read more
Published on June 7, 2007 by Jaime X. Ramos
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