Pin It
Favorite

'Simple Math,' Manchester Orchestra 

Andy Hull lives up to the hype.

click to enlarge Manchester Orchestra
  • Manchester Orchestra

Musical potential is a burden. Manchester Orchestra was saddled with expectations after I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child was released in 2006 — and frontman Andy Hull wasn’t even 20 years old yet.

Simple Math finds a band coming into its own and realizing that potential. The album is carried on separation anxiety and homesickness. On “Deer,” Hull conveys vulnerability through diary-entry lyrics. Unlike the band’s grunge-revival record, Mean Everything to Nothing, that meaty rock sound doesn’t drown out the second-guessing on Simple Math — it compliments it.

The album’s musical construction even outshines its lyrics. “Pensacola” thrives on jittery energy before ending in a barroom chant. The riff of “Simple Math” floats so gently that the occasional power chord feels like a slap in the face. The guitars on “Pale Black Eye” sound like porch-plucking on muggy Atlanta evening.

Instead of shying away from the pressure or hiding behind its influences, Manchester Orchestra now forges their own sound. On Simple Math, they’ve nailed the equation.

DOWNLOAD: “Pensacola”

Pin It
Favorite

Tags:

Latest in Music

Readers also liked…

Comments


Comments are closed.

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
Jimmy Eat World, Beach Slang

Jimmy Eat World, Beach Slang @ Knitting Factory

Tue., April 25, 8 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Seth Sommerfeld

  • Darkest Before the Dawn
  • Darkest Before the Dawn

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story leans on its characters to push through the bleakness
    • Dec 15, 2016
  • The Right Side of Edgy
  • The Right Side of Edgy

    The Edge of Seventeen infuses sharp modern wit into the coming-of-age teen dramedy
    • Nov 17, 2016
  • More »

© 2017 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation