Mean Everything To Nothing
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2009 release. In the two years since the release of their 2007 debut, Manchester Orchestra have played over 300 shows and made fans across the globe. They have toured in support of Kings of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Brand New, Say Anything and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. They have performed at festivals around the world including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Reading / Leeds (UK) and Laneway (Australia). While the debut was an attention-getting shot across the bow, Mean Everything To Nothing, produced by Joe Chicarelli (My Morning Jacket, The Raconteurs, The Shins), presents a substantial leap forward in sonic textures and song craft.
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I find myself over-analyzing and trying to exegete a clear meaning of the various songs but then miss the refreshing poetry and emotional narrative that Hull has so intentionally laid out.
In this album the group continues to emphasize their spiritual (Christian) element with frequent references to real weighty struggles that characterize the messiness of living by faith in this cursed world. They also don't fail to poke their fingers in the eyes of the religious guys who seem to have it all together.
Bottom line: if you like 'like a virgin...' you will dig this one too without it being a repeat album.
I've Got Friends
In My Teeth
I Can Feel A Hot One
My Friend Marcus
But it's not all scream and rock here, songs like "I Can Feel A Hot One" shows the band can do a softer ballad-type tune if need be, or they can do quasi-blues if the song calls for it; and it all works surprisingly well. Often bands are held back by their strengths because they can't do much else, and that is certainly not the case here. But still, Manchester Orchestra isn't for everybody. The vocal style and music to fit their style certainly isn't mainstream by any means, and feels like the grandchild of a grunge and punk hybrid mixed in with a little metal. The album also strikes a very dark tone here, and listening to any of the songs too many times could result a hatred toward it. No. This album is an occasional listen that packs its best punch in small doses.
Overall, certainly not for everyone, but if you can take the album, you'll find a wonderful album that is emotionally-packed and played off perfectly. It's certainly worth trying, and if you take nothing else out of it, take "I've Got Friends." Because with friends like these, who need enemies when these friends provide you with often unparalleled anger.
This was not my favorite record but it's definately one that after time grew on me.
I first heard these guys when they opened for Brand new, which at first, they sounded like Brand new, but had their own little flair to it. So at the show, i bought their first record "I'm like a virgin losing a child" and listened to it repeatedly for about a year. I just as quickly had forgotten about them.
They are not an amazing band. they are good. They write good, simple songs. If you want this to be something more or want to be blown away and your face melted off, this band wont do that.
But I do think they are a decent band, worth a few listens. Maybe they will grow into more in a few years.
Also, i saw a tag for "christian rock" certainly not so. some members may be christian, but thats not enough to be deemed as a christian band.