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Love Everybody [The Presidents of the United States of America]
The Presidents of the United States of America
1. Love Everybody
2. Some Postman
3. Clean Machine
4. Highway Forever
5. Zero Friction
6. Surf's Down
8. Poke and Destroy
9. Munky River
10. Drool at You
12. 5, 500 Miles
13. Shreds of Boa
14. Jennifer's Jacket
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1
Conrad Uno; Martin Feveyear
Chris Ballew; Conrad Uno; Martin Feveyear; Jon Ervie
The Presidents of the United States of America: Chris Ballew (various instruments, piano, bass instrument); Dave Dederer (various instruments, bass instrument, drums); Jason Finn (various instruments).
Personnel: Dave Dederer (guitar, acoustic guitar, bouzouki); Chris Ballew (guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica, electric piano, Clavinet, keyboards, synthesizer, sound effects); Jason Finn (drums).
Audio Mixers: Chris Ballew; Conrad Uno; Martin Feveyear.
Recording information: EGG; Jupiter; Snack Shack.
Editor: Chris Ballew.
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. ~ Johnny Loftus
Rolling Stone (p.188) - 3 stars out of 5 - "LOVE EVERYBODY sports a slew of singles that approach the catchiness of their mid-Nineties microwave-rotation hits..."
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