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Right in the middle (and that's a good thing)!
on October 18, 2010
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. I'm a big fan of the balance between the solo stuff by Hull and Devine and the rest of the rock songs I mentioned earlier - to me the whole album really fits together and just "works."
If you're a fan of either Manchester Orchestra/Andy Hull or Kevin Devine, I can almost guarantee that you'll love this album. If you're a fan of rock, you'll love it. If you're a fan of indie stuff, you'll love it. If you like good songwriting, you'll love it. Hell, if you're a fan of music in general, I think you should like this album. Do yourself a favor and check it out - you might be missing out on two great songwriters and musicians otherwise.