Everything Wrong Is Imaginary

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Everything Wrong Is Imaginary
Studio album by Lilys
Released 2006
Genre Alternative rock
Label Manifesto
Producer Michael Musmanno
Lilys chronology
Everything Wrong Is Imaginary

Everything Wrong Is Imaginary is a 2006 album by Lilys, released on the Manifesto label.


The album was written during a traumatic period in Lilys frontman Kurt Heasley's life; His partner disappeared after a psychotic episode and returned to her family leaving Heasley to look after his three children. Heasley therefore worked on the album mainly at home in his spare time.[1][2] The recordings were then sent to producer Michael Musmanno, who finished the tracks with session musicians.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 75/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (7.4/10)[4]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[2]
Sunday Times 3/5 stars[5]
The Washington Post (favorable)[6]

Jason MacNeil of PopMatters described the album as (along with previous album Precollection), "the closest thing to Britrock from a Yankee band I heard in a long time", going on to say "There are too many things right about this album to make you believe it's imaginary".[2] Patrick Rapa of the Philadelphia City Paper described it as "one of Heasley's finest yet—10 occasionally noisy, often catchy rock songs".[7] Marc Hogan of Pitchfork Media opined that "much of the record's beauty lies [in] its dizzying production", but wrote that it "never quite feels like the career-culminating record it should be."[4] Mark Edwards of the Sunday Times identified the album's diversity as one of its strengths.[5] Eugene P. Sorricraft from the Highbold Press declared it, "a wonderful expulsion of everything that is otherwise lacking in this sad world".[8][citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Black Carpet Magic" (Heasley) 4:33
  2. "With Candy" (Heasley) 2:36
  3. "A Diana's Diana" (Heasley) 4:06
  4. "Knocked on the Fortune Teller's Door" (Heasley) 4:29
  5. "Where the Night Goes" (Heasley) 3:16
  6. "The Night Sun Over San Juan" (Heasley) 3:45
  7. "Still in All the Glitter" (Heasley) 3:51
  8. "Everything Wrong Is Imaginary" (Heasley) 4:34
  9. "O.I.C.U.R." (Heasley) 5:31
  10. "Scott Free" (Rappaport) 2:13


  • Kurt Heasley - guitar, vocals
  • Michael Musmanno - bass, keyboards, Oberheim programming, electric guitar
  • Don Piper - drums, percussion, electric and acoustic guitars, lap steel, vocals
  • Michael Johnson - guitars, vocals
  • Matt Horn - drums
  • Tommy Joyner - drums
  • Steven Keller - drums
  • Chris McAllen - bass guitar
  • Mario "Pel" Lopez - piano



  1. ^ a b c Prato, Greg "Everything Wrong Is Imaginary Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation, retrieved 23 December 2009
  2. ^ a b c MacNeil, Jason (2006) "Lilys Everything Wrong Is Imaginary", PopMatters, 6 February 2006, retrieved 23 December 2009
  3. ^ "Everything Wrong Is Imaginary by Lilys". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Hogan, Marc (2006) "Lilys Everything Wrong Is Imaginary", Pitchfork Media, February 22, 2006, retrieved 23 December 2009
  5. ^ a b Edwards, Mark (2006) "LILYS. Everything Wrong Is Imaginary", Sunday Times, July 2, 2006, p.22
  6. ^ Lewis, Catherine P. (2006) "Lilys Everything Wrong Is Imaginary", The Washington Post, February 3, 2006, retrieved 23 December 2009
  7. ^ Rapa, Patrick (2006) "Tall Tale Storyline: A brief history of the amazing Lilys.", Philadelphia City Paper, February 16–22, 2006, retrieved 23 December 2009
  8. ^ Sorricraft, Eugene P. [Unknown Title]. Highbold Press. [Unknown Date].
  9. ^ Orgera, Alexandra; Saul, James; Howard, Brian, & Rapa, Patrick (2006) "The Lilys Family Tree Archived October 1, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.", Philadelphia City Paper, February 16–22, 2006, retrieved 23 December 2009