Reviewing music can sometimes be a laborious task because a lot of the music you hear begins to sound annoyingly similar to something that you have already heard before. However this was not the case when listening to Everything Is for the Best by World of Fox, as it offered something very dissimilar to the music we get sent in here at WFM.
Everything for the best offers twelve songs which boasts well thought through lyrics, complex guitar riffs and some meaning behind every song. ‘Please Take Your Time’ starts the album of with intricate finger picking and heartfelt lyrics which are conveyed well through the painful vocals of Simon Fox. It starts the album off well, and gives you a taste of what you are in for throughout the album. The songs are complete, as it seems that not stone went unturned when producing the album, as everything sounds well place and tidy. Acoustic/folk type music has never really been at the top of my list of genres, but every now and again I’m hit by something that really catches my ear and tingles my brain.
The songs are laid back and soothing, as it begins to lull you asleep regardless of what you may be doing. ‘Witness’ shows the best of this with the subtle “oooooos” , and slow finger picking of the guitar. Fox shows that he’s multi-talented musician as he introduces different instruments into his songs ‘Idiocracy’ and ‘Spider’ which work incredibly well as introductions to these songs. However all the songs aren’t as laid back and soothing, as some of them have much more fast past pace to them which may encourage you to stand up start clapping your hands to the rhythm, this is best showcased in ‘Yarlington Mill’ as it expresses Fox’s talent on guitar to the highest order.
A personal favourite on the album has to be ‘Rules of Engagement’ as the story telling lyrics has an acidic humour behind them, which is prone to making you laugh from time to time. Also it feels that there’s a personal touch and feel around the song, making it more human and relatable. A close second to ‘Rules of Engagement’ is ‘Stoneground Wholemeal’. When it began to slowly seep through my speakers air calmness seemed to surround it, which took effect on me as I silently appreciated it.
This may not be to everyone’s liking because they’re not the catchiest of songs and some of them are instrumentals, but the people that like this genre of music will struggle not to appreciate the work that has been put into creating this album. Overall it is a well thought through and crafted album which may take time to bed in and be appreciated, but granted, if you give it time and it will prevail.
Words by Alex Wise @al4563