As rock albums go, Everything Will Never Be OK has it all: great songs, insistent melodies, ace playing.
As rock albums go, Everything Will Never Be OK has it all: great songs, insistent melodies, ace playing. That it's Fiction Plane's debut effort makes it all the more impressive. The U.K.-based quartet is led by singer/guitarist Joe Sumner, who has been blessed with the same emotive pipes and melodic sensibility that made his father, Sting, an international superstar. Far from scooting by on familial relations, irresistibly catchy songs like "Cigarette" and the huge-grooving "Listen to My Babe" harness the breathless surge of the early Police into something new and fresh. The band proves just as adept with weightier subjects ("Soldier Machismo," "Hate") and down-tempo excursions ("Fallow") as it does with the more hard-rocking cuts that close the disc ("Silence," "Wise"). A rewarding listen from start to finish, Everything Will Never Be OK sounds like the beginning of a great career.—JC