The first spin of Everything You Ever Loved didn’t grab me really, but that was mainly because of the vocals. When at their smoothest, they feel a bit too low for the music (even though they are, in all fairness, very well done). Luckily, they did grow on me with repeated listens; that, and James likes to go rough with his singing more often than not. It is when he does this that I feel like I’m listening to a more matured version of Polar Bear Club, which is pretty sweet. While Make Do And Men do pick up their speed multiple times on this record, Everything You Ever Loved does feel more even paced than anything. Molding alternative rock, indie punk, and a sprinkle of hardcore, the band produce a sound that is very relaxing and passionate sounding. The instrumental work is all top notch and impressive, and the writing feels very “real” (as in, the band is doing what they want, and not making the kind of songs they think the mainstream crowd wants to hear). Tracks “Disassemble”, “Count”, and “St. Anne” are some of the strongest moments of the album, but Make Do And Mend have collected a very strong track listing here. There’s a lot to love, even if it did take me some time to fall for the vocals. Everything You Ever Loved has certainly grown on me more with every listen, so you bet I’ll keep playing it. – by Nathaniel Lay
>> Classification: Indie Rock/Punk
>> Recommended Tracks: “Blur”, “Disassemble”, “Count”, “St. Anne”, “Royal”, “Lucky”, “Hide Away”
>> In Conclusion: For some reason, I still feel like the clean singing should be a tad higher, but otherwise, Make Do And Mend have a great sound to them. When James gets rougher with his voice, the band brings to mind a blend of Rise Against and Polar Bear Club, which is great. Ultimately, this has a very indie rock vibe to it, so fans of that genre should certainly look into this (while fans of punk will definitely find some strong elements on this record as well).