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Dont worry, he hasnt gone and made an industrial metal album!
Basically this album rides the two extremes of "Rounds'" personality: melody and spontaneity.
Where Rounds found a beautiful medium between these two, Everything Ecstatic shows the fight between them.
Crossing the territories of Hip hop, krautrock, foltronica (a label that never completely fit him anyway), spiritual jazz, and post rock, this album comes off as a beautiful mess.
In fact, its more like his work with Fridge than his previous Four Tet releases. Tracks often contain solid beats, and strong melodies that, as the song continues, are completely deconstructed. These tunes often end up in sonic chaos, noise bursts, and complete mayhem, before equilibrium is once again maintained and restored.
It is this collision that makes Everything Ecstatic both a fantastic recording, yet not quite cohesive and purposeful enough for five stars.
You can see the influence that his freindship with Dan Snaith (Caribou/Manitoba) has had. The crashing cymbals, melodic sensibility and sonic frenzies.
But rest assured, there is still a strong sense that this is a Kieran Hebden work. And a fine one at that.
This album is fantastic, plain and simple. I am glad to see Fourtet is evolving with the times rather than trying to maintain the status-quo that he helped create.
i put this album almost up there with Rounds but i like Rounds just a little bit more. this one i felt like sometimes you had to be more in the "right mood" to listen to it whereas with Rounds i could pop in anywhere. but i do love love this album.
A Joy (a little repetitive but still very awesome)
Smile Around the Face ( i dont know how you couldnt like this song. very happy, perfect noise and spastic drums)
And Then Patterns ( i really enjoy the melody)
High Fives (i think my favorite on the album. the climax at the end is just too perfect. the video for this one is so awesome)
You Were There With Me (very good song. i always find myself repeating this song when it ends. its so beautiful)
good album. Four Tet didnt fail to amaze me again
Here we have a far more buoyant and assured release, with less of the "pling plong" found on Pause and Rounds. It sounds like Kieran Hebden was perhaps listening to a lot of Fluke or Advokat whilst making this record.
Also, for the first time, it appears that he has done away with any clear "music style fusion" concept. Here, he toys with many styles, including jazz, funk, progressive rock, and, even acid house! Yep, there are 303's and 909's making their presence here.
Standout tracks are "Sun Drums and Soil" and "And Then Patterns". Great stuff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Four Tet has always embraced some element of noise in their work; on EVERYTHING ECSTATIC, they add a new dimension to that noise: chaos. Certainly, "A Joy" has that chaos to spare. Read morePublished on March 10, 2011 by scoundrel
That's what I would describe Four Tet's Everything Esctatic. It sounds like it was a blast to make. Kieran Hebden is the man behind Four Tet, and his IDM/funkish songs sound really... Read morePublished on November 5, 2006 by Parkansky
Beautiful album. 3rd best, but that doesn't mean its not amazing.Published on May 12, 2006 by Matthew Dunlap
You win some and you lose some. This purchase was a definite loss. What a dissapointment.Published on February 2, 2006 by Partial to the Prairie
me likey Four Tet. alot. I like that he's Squarepusher with a goofy smile, I like that he experiments, but grounds himself in a world of organic sounds: bugs and parps and... Read morePublished on August 12, 2005 by R. Lister
This is a much more aggressive release than I expected from Keiran Hebdan, the reigning king of folktronica, which is obvious from the first track "A Joy," a big beat banger aimed... Read morePublished on August 5, 2005 by Alan Ranta