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A true accident if there ever was one; Bad Books was never an intended nor calculated side project of Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull. Though the two musicians have collaborated and performed together on tour and within the Favorite Gentlemen community of artists for years now, the genesis of Bad Books came from a simple idea to fill space and time off the road by ... Read more in Amazon's Bad Books Store

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  • Audio CD (November 9, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B00447G2CU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. How This All Ends
2. The Easy Mark & The Old Maid
3. Baby Shoes
4. You're A Mirror I Cannot Avoid
5. Holding Down The Laughter
6. You Wouldn't Have To Ask
7. I Begged You Everything
8. Please Move
9. Mesa, AZ
10. Texas

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A true accident if there ever was one Bad Books was never an
intended nor calculated side project of singer-songwriter Kevin
Devine and Andy Hull of indie rock band Manchester Orchestra.
With no agenda or expectations, what was birthed just one week
later was Bad Books, a fully realized album encompassing five
compositions each from both Devine and Hull, with the members
of Manchester Orchestra filling out the sound and the band.
In contrast to previous outputs from the two parties, Bad Books
cradles a much more noticeable pop aesthetic and energy than
either artist has ever showcased before, meshing elements of Elliot
Smith and Simon & Garfunkel with Brand New and Silversun
Pickups. With press surrounding the band buzzing for the better
part of the year, the rabid fan base of both artists have been
clamoring for this album. Bad Books run of high profile dates
starting in NYC around the CMJ Festival will kick start this band s
time in the spotlight and exposure on par with prior Manchester
Orchestra coverage: performances on the top late night talk shows,
a cover story in Alternative Press, features on AOL Spinner and
more. Expect this album to sell through the rest of the next year as
both bands continue performing!

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These guys really had some fun on this album.
jodyfett
The band is extremely talented and the record itself is consistent and demonstrates their incredible musicianship.
Julie
Hell, if you're a fan of music in general, I think you should like this album.
John

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John on October 18, 2010
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Awesome album, awesome album, awesome album.

I got my first listen a few days ago when the band put it up to stream and have been hooked ever since. The music is great - it's different enough from Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine's individual stuff that it warranted its own album, and that's a good thing. Seeing that Hull and Devine can both branch out and create great music together is no surprise, and whether you're looking for rock-ish collaboration stuff or acoustic solo stuff, you'll find something here.

I should say that on my first listen I was really only expecting songs where both Hull and Devine were singing and playing together; the songs I had heard before the album was released were all in that format so that's what I came to expect. If that's what you're looking for - and the songs where the two work together (at least in an audible way) are great - then songs like "You Wouldn't Have to Ask" and "Please Move" will be great for you. I'd say that the "harder" songs on the album have the sort of rock touch that Manchester's songs usually have, but with the lyrical finesse I've come to expect from Devine. That's not to say that Hull doesn't have lyrical finesse - "Baby Shoes" and "Texas" definitely showcase Hull's lyrical (and vocal) ability - but I think the "rock" songs on the album are a good combination of both.

As a big fan of Devine, though, I have to say that my favorite song on the album is "You're a Mirror I Cannot Avoid." It's the sort of beautiful acoustic song that got me hooked on his music to begin with, and to me adds a nice touch to the rest of the album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Weber on October 20, 2010
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Back in the 60s and 70s when music was innovative and fresh and musicians knew how to play and sing and write songs this is what I remember it sounding like. WTF I'll say it... Great folk rock!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hamilton_M on December 1, 2010
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The debut album from Bad Books is a fantastic collection of memorable, catchy, and poetic art that could cause you to explode with happiness. I enjoy the music of Manchester Orchestra and I love the music of Kevin Devine but even if you've never heard of or listened to either band before, you should give a listen to Bad Books. Not only will you get great music but it will expose you to some of the most talented musicians around today.

My only reason for not giving this a perfect score is that as an overall album experience, something is missing. It is more of one of those albums that is filled with great songs but doesn't quite come together in the end to make a cohesive final project. Hope this helps!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greg Shurts on October 22, 2010
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Bad Books' self-titled debut album is a collaborative treasure of 2010. Kevin Devine, the former lead singer of Miracle of 86; now solo folk/acoustic songwriter, teams up with Manchester Orchestra to form this new band. These two musicians have been touring over the years and have become very close friends. This album has a personal touch that most mainstream collaborative albums don't have. There are many, many pros for this album with a few cons that do not weigh the album down too much.

The best tracks on this album are definitely "Holding Down The Laughter," "You Wouldn't Have To Ask," and "Please Move." These songs are also the most upbeat and rock out more than any other songs on this album. These songs have lyrics that are solid as any Robert Frost poem and instrumentals that move the lyrics to a level that only this team-up could reach. These three songs may be the best of the album but the rest of the songs do keep up with these three and keep the listener's ear interested.

"The Easy Mark & The Old Maid," "You're a Mirror I Cannot Avoid," and "Mesa, AZ" are sung by Kevin Devine and are clearly written by him as well. His style is very recognizable and is different from Andy Hull's style and songwriting (lead singer for Manchester Orchestra). These songs could definitely be found on his older records and could easily fit in without a doubt. "Baby Shoes," "Texas," and "Please Move" are clearly the writing and style of Andy Hull.

The biggest complaint about this album is that Devine and Hull did not sing together more within the songs. The expectation for this album was a duet between Devine and Hull, a give and take within a song in terms of the vocals. However, they plan on more albums. Hopefully they will be able to learn from this album and make the next one even better.

With that complaint aside...this album is definitely worthy while and very enjoyable. Bad Books self-titled album is worth the buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Pann on October 25, 2010
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First off, I have never heard of either of these fellows nor the bands they play in, so I came to this music with a blank slate of expectations. For $3.99, I took a chance when this was the daily deal download. First listen I thought -- ok, catchy, poppy, kind of fluffy -- not as distinctive as some of the other indie rock I've been discovering but not bad either." Then with further listens, I realized there was more than meets the eye going on here. First off, the lyrics are very original and well-crafted, and even when they don't make perfect sense (but they mostly do) the sound of the words fit the music perfectly. In addition, you can understand every single word that is sung. These guys take their vocal responsibilites seriously,and the singing is very good. Secondly, several of these songs have killer hooks that will worm their way into your brain very quickly. It's not that easy to write catchy songs. Some reviewers have commented that they can tell the difference between the two songwriters, but to me it all flows together seamlessly. I'm really enjoying this album.
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