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Simple Math

Manchester OrchestraAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Making of "Simple Math"


“Cope, to me, means getting by. It means letting go, and being OK with being OK,” says
Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull. “You can cope in a positive way when bad things happen or
a negative way, and that blend was a big lyrical theme for me on this album.” The Atlanta band
found itself at a crossroads as they approached making their fourth studio ... Read more in Amazon's Manchester Orchestra Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 10, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B004T8IPNS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Deer
2. Mighty
3. Pensacola
4. April Fool
5. Pale Black Eye
6. Virgin
7. Simple Math
8. Leave It Alone
9. Apprehension
10. Leaky Breaks

Editorial Reviews

Manchester Orchestra s third record, Simple Math, comes on the heels of 2009 s acclaimed Mean Everything to Nothing, which Alternative Press called a masterpiece of intricacy and honesty in their five-star lead review, and which yielded the Top 10 Modern Rock hit, I ve Got Friends. Dan Hannon, who produced the band s first record and co-produced the second, was once again at the helm for Simple Math.

Simple Math is a concept record. It s a story about a 23-year old who questions everything from marriage to love to religion to sex. It s chock full of monster riffs, vigorous string arrangements, deep hooks and has miles of melodies that encase a compelling coming-of-age story told in the first person, intimately written and sung by Hull.

This record is two dueling conversations between me and my wife, and me and my God, says Hull. Sometimes even for myself, it s difficult to decipher which one I m actually talking to. Everything I ve written in the past has been about those things. This album is the most realized form of my questioning.

Simple Math takes Manchester Orchestra to the next level. It is certain to be one of the landmark releases of 2011.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Math...believe me, all is brilliant May 22, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Evolving away from "Means Everything" September 20, 2011
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the year May 25, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Music Awesome. Production Not Awesome. Buy It. November 8, 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I even expected. September 3, 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic May 6, 2013
By Diana
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars
Excellent album, came in on time and new in shrink wrap as described.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel E Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars kermit can sing
Published 2 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality!
Manchester Orchestra have done it again. I really enjoy this album. The lead singer has a killer voice. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kersten
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
5 stars. Its hard to find actual talent these days. Guys lime these still leave hope in a digenerating generation.. Another masterpiece by MHO. Highly recommended. Good stuff!!!
Published 20 months ago by Bmcinnis
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I just bought the album because I heard 2 of their songs and liked them. But after getting it and listening through it I couldn't stop. Now they're one of my top favorite bands
Published 21 months ago by Gabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Vinyl
Love this album. Love it even more now that I can play it on my record player. Great quality, one of thier best albums.
Published 22 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars great great sick album
these guys are 1 of the most amazing bands that exsist today and be glad no one else knows it!
Published 22 months ago by Christian P. Fluhr
5.0 out of 5 stars So Surprised
I bought like 10 albums off Amazon a few months ago, and i was so surprised how many time i've listened to this one. Every time i listen to it, i appreciate more. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tobere
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album
Love these guys and love this album. Great tunes. Also love how easy it is to buy music online nowadays.
Published on October 19, 2012 by Adam
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