Love Everybody

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Is Lump fast asleep, or rocking out with the band? The year: 1995. Mauled by the grunge animal, the nation embraces a different sound from Seattle -- a new leadership -- one with eight steel strings to its name and a clutch of songs about kitties, peaches, and lingering last in line for brains. The Presidents of the United States of America hit Mach 2 with their wry punkish platform, and rode it all the way to platinum before quietly disappearing. While the band's sound had fit perfectly into the screwy '90s, it was a novelty memory by the 21st century. Which is too bad, because 2000's under-the-radar LP Freaked Out and Small was pretty damn good, and 2004's Love ...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Is Lump fast asleep, or rocking out with the band? The year: 1995. Mauled by the grunge animal, the nation embraces a different sound from Seattle -- a new leadership -- one with eight steel strings to its name and a clutch of songs about kitties, peaches, and lingering last in line for brains. The Presidents of the United States of America hit Mach 2 with their wry punkish platform, and rode it all the way to platinum before quietly disappearing. While the band's sound had fit perfectly into the screwy '90s, it was a novelty memory by the 21st century. Which is too bad, because 2000's under-the-radar LP Freaked Out and Small was pretty damn good, and 2004's Love Everybody is even better. A little older and rocking the family life, two-string "basitarist" Chris Ballew, guitarist Dave Dederer, and drummer Jason Finn have focused the beam of their wit laser on their tightest melodies yet. The sound's as stripped down as it ever was -- dry punk-derived chording with peppy basslines and consistently propulsive drumming. But the new songs' chorus harmonies are more consistently inviting, and the occasional keyboard flourish keeps things interesting. The Presidents have also settled into a sort of sardonic humanism. They still write songs about animal eyes in the gooey darkness "Munky River". But "Zero Friction" considers a drum machine as a metaphor for the meaning of life, and "Poke and Destroy" celebrates little boys' universal need to break stuff. "You gotta love everybody," the opening title track directs, "and make 'em feel good about themselves." "Some Postman" is the perfect Presidents song, with its simply effective mix of acoustic and electric guitars and that energetic chorus. But it's also a love song, its quirkiness fueled into clever lyrics about a long-distance relationship. Other Love Everybody highlights include the ruckus-raising "Clean Machine" dig that fuzzy tone, the almost Spoon-sounding "Vestina," and "Shreds of Boa," which harks back to their 1995 style, but is just a stronger song all around. Love Everybody is an enjoyable and welcome return for the Presidents of the United States. As it turns out, the peaches are even sweeter on the other side.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2004
  • Label: P.u.s.a. Inc.
  • UPC: 689076745321
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 106,753

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Everybody (2:37)
  2. 2 Some Postman (2:51)
  3. 3 Clean Machine (2:31)
  4. 4 Highway Forever (2:52)
  5. 5 Zero Friction (2:48)
  6. 6 Surf's Down (1:44)
  7. 7 Shortwave (2:12)
  8. 8 Poke and Destroy (2:39)
  9. 9 Munky River (3:02)
  10. 10 Drool at You (2:29)
  11. 11 Vestina (2:53)
  12. 12 5, 500 Miles (3:57)
  13. 13 Shreds of Boa (3:02)
  14. 14 Jennifer's Jacket (2:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Presidents of the United States of America Primary Artist
Jason Finn Drums, Various
Chris Ballew Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Various, 2-String Bass
Dave Dederer Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Bouzouki, Guitar, Drums, Various
Technical Credits
Conrad Uno Engineer, Audio Production
The Presidents of the United States of America Composer
Chris Ballew Composer, Sound Effects, Engineer
Martin Feveyear Engineer, Audio Production
Jon Ervie Engineer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Bootsy Holler Cover Photo
Kiki Ajidarma Packaging
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