I've heard some stuff about "Everything Eventually" and have been wanting to check it out for a while. Getting it basically cemented my position of regarding it as a truly great (yet extremely underrated) modern pop record. I mean a lotta times people (especially those nasty critics) tend to question the lyrics on the tracks, but you know, the whole album isn't really as pretentious as it seems. I think the girls of Appleton (1/2 of All Saints) just wanted to continue on in a more chilled out, relaxed pace, which is super obvious with the album's more laid-back atmosphere. Appleton's "Everything Eventually" most directly picks up from All Saints' "Pure Shores" and "Black Coffee" tracks. Here's a track-by-track overview of it:
1. "Fantasy" - The first single, but not necessarily the best track in the album. It's definitely a standout though because it's a bit rock-ish, but trippy at the same time.
2. "Don't Worry" - Very dramatic with the strings, yet subtle and graceful at the same time. Beautifully slow, moody, and atmospheric.
3. "Hallelujah" - Sounds like church, but you know, its preachiness fits. The track's like "Don't Worry" before it, but it's got a bit more beat to it. Nice vocals.
4. "Everything Eventually" - The track just glides at a pace and that beat sticks to you. It's mid-tempo and has a chilled out groove as well. I think it's a good meditation track to relax to, but not those slow ones.
5. "M.W.A." - Probably channels All Saints and their previous material the most, but it's like a hybrid of pop, electronica, and hip-hop. The rapping seems awkward, but the layered vocals are great (I still don't get the attempt to be super spiritual or have this notion of higher learning).
6. "Ring-A-Ding-Ding" - One of the most epic tracks of the album: very Middle Eastern, yet slow and full of strings. Heavy track!
7. "Supernaturally" - Accents the album's wholesome trip-hop/pop sound nicely. The beat's reminiscent of "Black Coffee."
8. "All Grown Up" - Very Beatlesque-meets-trip/hop. Slow track with piano and it's gorgeous and moody.
9. "Waiting For Your Love" - Funky pop track with an electro bassline. Very modern Madonna-esque like a lotta the tracks here.
10. "5am" - Sounds very nostalgic, yet with a modern feel to it. I dunno, it starts off like those folky songs. Very campfire-like.
11. "Long Long Road" - Chilled out alternative track much like a lotta others, and it's got a cool constant beat. Another chill out song that doesn't demand too much attention.
12. "Anyone" - Probably the least electronic track. Very piano-laden though with an orchestra to back up. Has a lotta great classical moments. Dramatic.
13. "Blow My Mind" (UK Bonus Track) - One of the better tracks of the album is unfortunately a bonus track. It's like "Fantasy" with its rockishness, but it also borrows from the heavier trip-hop appeal of a lotta the other pop tracks on the album. Great way to truly end it!
So in conclusion, the album seems to show the Appleton sisters channelling the spirit of electronica Madonna with a little bit of alternative, indie, etc. in the side too. Extremely worthy debut and is full of great production. I dunno why they seem like a bunch of hated socialites in the UK, but this is how albums should be made. Really great! Highly recommended pop album and is absolutely great for chilling out. Almost sublime!