What is it the best amount of songs an album should have? Is it there a particular? Does it matter? I believe a music record is a like a movie. If you take too long, you might end up boring people no matter how beautiful and outstanding the music is, and if you cut to the extreme, then the meaning and essence of the material will get lost in the shuffle.
Everybody Move by Chicago outfit Man Called Noon is comprised of only three songs. The album was seeking to explore three themes in particular: Anguish, Passion and Happiness in a very introspective way. They could stretch things over, but I believe they made the right choice by limiting themselves. And even though this isn’t a lengthy record, the mission and vision the band was seeking is appropriately in what it could be consider a bundle of joy. “Everybody Move” starts in a very shy way though it does builds up to a finale where everyone gets together and the whole room goes frenzy all the sudden, with catchy lyrics and upbeat overall music. This pretty much sets the entire album. “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” has more of sassy tone with some funky bass subtly playing in the background. According to the press release given along with the review, the band was seeking for a more melodic driven record this time around. If that was the plan, they successfully succeed in a big time. “One Last Time” closes the album with a real bang, the album is comprised of nine fellows and is on this track where you can really feel everyone coming together and bringing their own energy and great skills, the female chorus in the background blended with the gritty vocals and hooky rhythm guitar by Anthony Giamichael while drummer Josh Fontenont basically slam those drums is basically just epic. You just had to throw in a few cellos and violins and maybe a French horn and you will head some crazy Hans Zimmer ending.
The album has its flaws. One of the major problems is that a bit uneven, with songs ranging from good to awesome, which in a three song EP can be a bit problematic. There are around nine members and only in the last song you can really feel there’s actually such a big number and having heard the skills and talent everyone has, it’s a bit of a shame most of them were somehow overshadowed throughout most of the ride.
Criteria - 80%
In the end, Everybody Move serves as a great introduction to what it could really become the next awesome band in America and the world. There’s a great energy, talent and fun for those looking to change their bad mood or just to keep the party on. There are few things yet to be fixed and hopefully they find the way to pull it off and the next proper album will get them to the stars and beyond.