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”

Tags:

  • Pin It

Latest in Music

  • Life-Changing Experience
  • Life-Changing Experience

    A Jimi Hendrix tribute brings the icon's old bass player and an amazing cast of guitarists to Spokane
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • 'Evolving in Weird Ways'
  • 'Evolving in Weird Ways'

    Chad Ubovich's garage-rockin' Meatbodies are back with a new "loose concept" album
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • Sweet and Sour
  • Sweet and Sour

    Retro rocker Sallie Ford digs deep on Soul Sick
    • Feb 9, 2017
  • More »

Comments


Comments are closed.

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons

Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons @ The Bartlett

Wed., Feb. 22, 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
  • The Kids Aren't Alright
  • The Kids Aren't Alright

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children can't quite strike the balance between whimsy and darkness
    • Sep 29, 2016
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Eyes on the Prize

    Filmmaker Justin Whiteman's documentary offers a nuanced portrait of Spokane boxing guru Rick Welliver
    • Jan 26, 2017
  • Check it Out

    A dozen films from this year's festival that caught our eye
    • Jan 26, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • No Stopping Him
  • No Stopping Him

    Graham Nash has written songs that moved a generation, and he's still creating
    • Jul 8, 2015
  • Still White and Nerdy
  • Still White and Nerdy

    "Weird Al" Yankovic on his love for the Hawaiian shirt and his TV career, and the person he is inside
    • Sep 9, 2015

© 2017 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation