Everything All the Time features the band's original four-piece lineup, although
both Tim Meinig and Sera Cahoone receive drumming credits. Discussing the album's
sound, band leader Ben Bridwell said, "I thought before recording that I really wanted
an ELO-sounding record, with strings and keyboards and synths, but then, as we got
closer to it, we wanted to take a more raw approach." Regarding its lyrics, he added,
"A lot of these songs didn't really come from any lyric writing, let alone any singing
ability. A lot of...