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Mean Everything To Nothing

27 April 2009 | Format: MP3

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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
First things first. Manchester Orchestra do not come from Manchester.
They hail from Atlanta, Georgia, USA and we must not hold this against them.

'Mean Everything To Me' is their second album release and shows a higher
degree ofpolish than their 2006 debut 'I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child',
partly due to Joe Chiccarelli and Dan Hannon's vivid production but also
to an evident growth in their own songwriting and performance skills.
('Wolves At Night' on the first album was none-the-less a great song of course!!)

The band are : Andy Hull/writer, voice and guitar; Robert McDowell/lead guitar;
Jonathan Corley/bass; Jeremiah Edmond/drums and Chris Freeman/keyboards.
Together they have pulled eleven fine numbers (12 counting the "hidden" track)
out of the bag and deserve pats on backs all round for their solid ensemble effort.

'The Only One' kicks things off in fine style. Slippery guitar, a nice loose snare drum,
cheap and cheerful organ and a raucous cracked and craggy vocal from Mr Hull.

Mr Edmond's drums are a consistently energetic presence throughout the project.
He drives things along splendidly on 'Shake It Out'.

'In My Teeth' is another fine composition. The contrast between the open structure
of the verses and the blistering cacophony of the chorus works especially well.

'I Can Feel A Hot One' is a lovely song. Melancholy in the nicest way. Mr Hull shows
that he can hold a melody with convincing finesse. Oliver Kraus' discreet cello
contribution is the icing on a strangely beautiful cake.

'My Friend Marcus' is a curiously sad tale with a big, dense anthemic chorus.
Crashing chords, wild harmonies and an ambiguously spiky ending.
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"I think I talk to you best when I sing" Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull confesses on the last track of Mean Everything To Nothing, following it up with "I sing about almost everything." Though, on the new release, he sings `about almost everything' surrounding God and his Christianity. Luckily, there are love songs, drug songs, and morbid songs that are ambiguous enough to apply to all facets of life, not just religion.

In true Manchester Orchestra fashion, there are a wide mix of acoustic songs, rock songs, and seemingly a cappella portions of songs. They embody the spirit of Indie Rock music without the hipster tag that goes along with bands like Modest Mouse and Arcade Fire, among others. Many songs have a very powerful bridge, and this is achieved by dissociating completely with the previous vibe of the song. For instance, on "Shake It Out," the song is mostly distorted guitars and splashing symbols until the bridge, where the instruments drown out and leave Andy and his guitar whispering the lyrics. Another favorite song is "I Can Feel a Hot One," where Andy portrays a distorted reality between drug-use, helplessness, and accidents with ambulances;

"I was in the front seat, shaking it out
And I was asking if you felt alright.
I never want to hear the truth; I want to hear your voice.
It sounded fine."

Manchester lie pretty evenly between the mainstream and the underground, and surprisingly have stayed true to that mantra on their most recent release. If one is a fan of Manchester's Like A Virgin Losing a Child release, then the new album is a shoo-in, though it may attract new fans as well. Similarly with ILAVLAC, there is no real radio-friendly track on the album, but overall a very substantial album that begs the question when we will see the potential of Manchester Orchestra fully realized.
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It has to be said. I've heard this album hundreds of times now, its played on repeat all the time. It's my favorite album. I love music and this album always makes me smile. It's just beautiful. Andy Hull is an amazing song writter and performer.

From the opening riff on 'the only one' through to the epic sounds of 'the river' this album is a journey. I think the album needs to be heard as a whole, it just doesn't work as individual songs and I think this is what was intended by the band. So go buy the album and set aside 56 minutes, a good set of headphones and lose yourself in this masterpiece.
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I saw Manchester Orchestra supporting Biffy Clyro in Norwich last night. We are big Biffy fans but i'm now sat here writing this review wearing a fighting tigers t shirt (check the band merch out on my space to get the reference)listening to the two albums i bought at the gig last night. We thought the guys were the better band....ouch and the albums live up to what i saw. Agree with the references mentioned but i have to add Coheed and Cambria and Pixies into the mix.

Cant decide which album is best so buy them both, highly recommended and please listen to the lyrics!
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A friend recommended this back in 2008 and it's been on my regular playlist ever since - after my initial disappointment that they are not from Manchester UK, nor indeed are they an Orchestra (sic) I found it's just a really honest album - great songs, melodies. It's one of those albums that if I haven't listened to in a while, I HAVE to listen to it to get my fix. I'd also recommend GroupLove - Never Trust a Happy Song for another great album probably shamefully unlistened to by vast hordes of people . . .
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