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Jackson Jills

Tufts University

Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Single (2022)


Review By TeKay

August 19, 2022

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Everybody Wants to Rule the World streams on Spotify.



That's kinda all I have to say about the track. I'm an '80s music kid. Tears for Fears was on constant rotation in my house along with an eclectic blend of other genres. But this band was the super-hip pseudo-rock group that crossed the colorline in my semi-segregated hometown. Yeah, they had that sort of power, so "special place" doesn't really provide an adequate description of the hold that the original Everybody Wants to Rule the World has on me.

And the Jackson Jills nail it beyond anything that I could have imagined. They reimagine the Sammy Rae and Friends cover exceptionally well. The track is agreeable soft rock with precious pop moments and a few jazzy nods. It has everything this genre-blender Jack wants in a song. The opening tuning is a little rough around the edges on the "ha-ah"s, but that just gives the track a little bit of gravitas. Fronted by a trio of sublime voices, the lead soloist Lily McIntyre lands in the pocket right from the jump and is just captivating whether she's in her breathy alto, her rocker belt, or pinging just the right tones in her smooth soprano. When the drums kick in, you know that you are in for a good time. The arrangement by Abby Sommers and Sarah Cody is the secondary star — it takes you on a journey all on its own. The swells, the breaks, the silences, the runs — it is just so much goodness jammed-packed into four minutes of music.

Get Everybody Wants to Rule the World and rejoice.

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