Over the course of ‘Everybody Down’’s dozen tracks, rapper Kate Tempest weaves an intricate tale of inter-connected characters, all trying to get by in the world.
Each track represents a chapter in the story, and she’s got form here – Tempest is a performance poet with a novel being released by Bloomsbury next year.
Musically, Mr Dan’s grimy, urban production gives the requisite pathos to the narrative and although it can get samey in places, you’re drawn in by Tempest’s eye for detail and a desire to find out what happens next to our protagonists.
‘Everybody Down’ might have created a new genre: the album noir.
Words: Joe Rivers
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