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Love Everybody

Love Everybody

by The Presidents of the United States of AmericaThe Presidents of the United States of America

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2004
Label: Imports
UPC: 0689076745321
catalogNumber: 6745321
Rank: 10072

Tracks

  1. Love Everybody
  2. Some Postman
  3. Clean Machine
  4. Highway Forever
  5. Zero Friction
  6. Surf's Down
  7. Shortwave
  8. Poke and Destroy
  9. Munky River
  10. Drool at You
  11. Vestina
  12. 5, 500 Miles
  13. Shreds of Boa
  14. Jennifer's Jacket

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Presidents of the United States of America   Primary Artist
Jason Finn   Drums,Various
Chris Ballew   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Clavinet,Various,2-String Bass
Dave Dederer   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bouzouki,Drums,Various

Technical Credits

Conrad Uno   Engineer,Audio Production
Presidents of the United States of America   Composer
Chris Ballew   Composer,Sound Effects,Engineer
Martin Feveyear   Engineer,Audio Production
Jon Ervie   Engineer
Bootsy Holler   Cover Photo
Kiki Ajidarma   Packaging

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