It's Prog, Jim, But Not As We Know It: Everything Everything
Making the case for Everything Everything's Man Alive to be included in the great prog canon
Man Alive confirmed that there was more to Manchester’s Everything Everything than a couple of quirky, odd-metred singles. Having taken their name from Radiohead’s Kid A, their debut album gleefully atomised pop structures and reconfigured them into strange shapes and unfamiliar angles.
The Mercury Prize-nominated record has a brace of multi-sectioned hyperactive songs that are rarely static. Like densely compacted mini-symphonies, they’re in a state of flux, constantly evolving as they go, more often than not ending at a very different point from which they started. This is strictly non-generic writing, consciously resisting any urge to stand still for any appreciable length of time, wilfully defying categorisation.