This sublime 1992 release by the London-based duo of Paul Hammond and Ian Cooper has become something of an undergroundclassic. With its comforting, womb-like warmth, which presaged the softer chill-out vibe of ambient by several years, it is a record to return to, one that brings renewed joys whenever it is played. Its unabashed positive energy is evidenteven in the record's completely unironic title.
Fat beats, burbling synthesizers, eclectic samples (Echo & the Bunnymen, the Eagles) images of the American West, and spoken words on spirituality don't sound as if they would necessarily belong together, but on EVERY MAN these disparate elements merge into a seamless whole. Throughout, strong melodies bring everything together and transform the concoction into something rich and memorable. Standout tracks include the insanely catchy "Weird Gear", featuring a hypnotic groove and the record's most straightforward vocal. The swinging "Saratoga"makes ingenious use of the intro to "One of These Nights", combining touches of scat singing and a nifty flute phrase for a supremely laid-back disco feel