The Bad Plus: Everybody Wants to Rule the World


Everybody Wants to Rule the World


The Bad Plus


Prog (Heads Up 3125)

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Ethan Iverson (piano),

Reid Anderson (bass), David King (drums)


Composed by Chris Hughes, Roland Orzabal & Ian Stanley


Recorded: Minnesota, September 2006


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

The Bad Plus exhibit their softer side on their cover of Tears for Fears' 1985 Brit-pop smash "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." Whereas they often stake claim to their covers by systematically destroying them, this time the group chooses to evoke the dreamy implications of the tune's title with a gentle and calming childlike innocence. The Bad Plus' utopia is far from the turbulent reality we face daily. David King's expertise as a percussion colorist is often overlooked. His energetic and zealous fortissimo playing may be more memorable, but his ability to lure an extraordinary array of sounds out of his minimal kit stands out on this superb track, as does his playful communication with Iverson's piano.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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