This is obviously the Manchester Orchestra's "Rock" album as it is laced with short sharp slabs of riffage rather than previous album Simple Math's more restrained and insidious sound. For all that I prefer the variety of that album, that's not to say that this album is at all bad. On the contrary, there is still a measure of offbeat lyricism in the quieter verses between the crunching choruses but when they go for these choruses you'd better watch out for the flying kitchen sinks. What I especially like about the album though is the immediacy and the stickability of the songs, every one a memorable toe tapping feast. There's little on here that could be described as excess as well, as only one of the eleven tracks comes in at over 4 minutes so we have a lean, mean guitar heavy machine. Just the job to blow away the cobwebs
on 15 May 2014
a brilliant album from what I consider to be the best band around at the moment , andy hull is a genius and a great song writer, I think this ranks along side , means everything to nothing as there best. seen them live twice an they blow u away , a must have album .