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Simple Math [+Digital Booklet]

May 10, 2011 | Format: MP3

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Digital Booklet: Simple Math

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Label: Favorite Gentlemen Recordings
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  • Total Length: 44:35
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  • ASIN: B004YZBTR0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,329 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

That's the problem, nothing memorable, which is a good synopsis of the album.
Dustin Laukhuf
With the bands usual tight playing, Andy's strong voice and even stronger lyrics, and the orchestration, the overall sound and concept is quite grand and captivating.
Ian McNaught
As with some past music purchases, I bought this CD for one or two songs that I heard while streaming online.
Adam LeVesque

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ian McNaught on May 22, 2011
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Once again Manchester Orchestra have completely outdone themselves. On their third LP, some truth is finally given to their name as string arrangements are peppered throughout a dazzling and emotional ride. Where "Mean Everything To Nothing" succeeded in layering heavy guitars in an amazing straightforward rock album, "Simple Math" instead succeeds in increased complexity and darker tones leading to a broader sound. With the bands usual tight playing, Andy's strong voice and even stronger lyrics, and the orchestration, the overall sound and concept is quite grand and captivating. It baffles me that they never garnered heavy airplay and recognition before "Simple Math", and it will be even more unbelievable if this all time great album doesn't catapult them to immense popularity.

"Deer"- The opener is very subdued, immediately drawing us to Andy's gripping personal lyrics, which will remain a constant. Being much different from both "Wolves at Night", and "The Only One", M.O. fans instantly know they're in for a different ride than ever before. When Andy sings "Dear everybody that has paid to see my band..." it's really an amazing moment as he's directly addressing so many of us. 9/10

"Mighty"- A personal favorite, this one hits hard. A slow tempoed heavy rocker riding chugging, palm muted guitars until about half way, when we get our first taste of the orchestration. The heavy guitars and power drumming work brilliantly with the string arrangements. 10/10

"Pensacola"- Most upbeat song on the album. Took a few listens to grow, but ends up being extremely catchy. One of the most purely enjoyable parts of the album, especially the last 45 seconds or so. 9.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 20, 2011
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When Manchester Orchestra released their second album in 2009, the excellent "Means Everything to Nothing", I really thought that Andy Hull and his band were on the cusp of breaking it big, sorta like My Morning Jacket did a over the last few years. And while Machester Orchestra certainly did attract attention with the album, the quantum leap did not happen for whatever reason. Now comes the band's third studio album.

"Simple Math" (10 tracks; 44 min.) starts off very surprisingly with "Deer", a very tentative, acoustic song, as if to signal that this album is going to be different from the previous efforts. And to boot, apparently this is a concept album, with Andy Hull looking back on his life and commiserating. Not that you would know that from simply listening to the songs (but you can follow the lyrics that are included in the art work--check out the lyrics to "Deer", downright depressing!). To state it in general terms, there are far fewer catchy "hooks" in these songs that there were on the previous albums. But when they do appear, such as on the majestic "Virgin" (track 6, my favorite song on here), it plays beautifully. Other good songs on here are "Mighty" (track 2) and "April Fool" (track 4), with great guitar licks and melodies. I wish there had been more songs like that. And while it's not a bad album per se, it's not a very memorable one either.

I've seen Machester Orchestra in concert a number of times, including several times on their seemingly never-ending tour in support of "Means Everything". Those guys are true road warriors, and live they are an amazing band. I was at Lollapalooza last month and due to scheduling conflicts missed them there, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before they will hit Cincinnati again, and you can count on it that I will be at that show.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By alexalamriki on May 25, 2011
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This album is incredible. I enjoyed "Like a Virgin Losing a Child," and absolutely loved "Mean Everything To Nothing." In fact, I was fairly sure that "Simple Math" was going to be a disappointment as I couldn't really imagine how Manchester Orchestra could possibly outdo their last album. I was wrong. This album blew me away. Lyrically and musically, it's just an absolute masterpiece. The instrumentation is lush -- live strings, children's choirs, and crunching guitar hooks -- and the lyrical depth and brilliance on display here is truly breathtaking.

I should also say that in my opinion, "Virgin" is hands down the best song that's been released so far this year; eerie, dark, and unbelievably epic. Check out their performance of it on the David Letterman show on YouTube...stunning.

So yes, buy this. You'll thank me.
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By Adam LeVesque on May 4, 2014
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As with some past music purchases, I bought this CD for one or two songs that I heard while streaming online. I've since purchased two other M.O. albums and have fallen in love with most of their songs.
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The songs and music are top notch; amazing stuff. Highly recommended. The production isn't as good as on Mean Everything To Nothing. Production here sounds like a lot of noise reduction was used and the drums come off sounding a little plastic-y at times. A great album though.
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The whole CD is a work of art. There isn't a bad piece on it, so it met my expectations and beyond.
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By Diana on May 6, 2013
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I've always loved Manchester Orchestra and this album might be my favorite of theirs! I would highly recommend it to anyone
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