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Mean Everything to Nothing

Manchester Orchestra

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Album Review

Atlanta's Andy Hull and company received considerable praise leading up to Mean Everything to Nothing, Manchester Orchestra's second official full-length release. With that praise and hype came the attention of producer Joe Chiccarelli (the Shins/My Morning Jacket), who adds enough muscle, sound, and fury to the music to match Hull's frequent growls and rants. The resulting dynamic attack will likely please the screamo crowd, as songs like "Shake It Out" feature the kind of angsty lyrics (fighting the Lord), yelping Isaac Brock meets-nu-metal-swagger, and power chords that thrill a young audience. More savvy, or at least older, music fans will be able to pick out the influences, from the Kurt Cobain wail and Nirvana-like grunge pop of "In My Teeth," to the Smashing Pumpkins-by-way-of-Jane's Addiction guitars of the catchy and earnest "I've Got Friends," to the wounded-voice Bright Eyes of "The River," to the all-out Neutral Milk Hotel borrowing that is "100 Dollars."

Customer Reviews

Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything To Me

The soaring voice of Andy Hull combined with razor guitars, tumultous drumming and the concrete growl of guitar feedback: this is what MO are all about. The same unique style found on"I'm Like A Virgin", their epic debut album, is still evident here but with an extra force, a brutality, driving the contemplative lyrics and emotions home. Two of the highlights for me so far are "I've Got Friends", which starts with purring electronics and builds into a snarled, clashing chorus, complete with twinkling piano and crooning guitar; "I Can Feel A Hot One" is a softly plucked, hypnotic melody with heartbreaking lyrics that impact with searing intensity. Buy this album; they changed the way I think about music and I hope they will do the same to others.

The Benchmark Has Been Set...

I originally wrote a more in-depth review on this album's day of release, but iTunes has not seen fit to publish it. I don't want to have to type it al lback out again, so all I can really say is that this is a stunning album both musically and in the lyrics, and strongly recommend that you buy it. Seriously, this is the album to beat for 2009.

How did I miss this band?

I hadn't heard of this band until the release of this album but as soon as i heard the opening of 'the only one' i knew i was gonna love it. It is definately one of the best albums I own and i've since bought the rest of their collection.


Formed: 2004 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

As led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Andy Hull, the maturity of Manchester Orchestra's songwriting belied the fact that the bandmembers were barely legal when their group sprung into existence. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the indie rock outfit grew out of songs that Hull had begun writing while attending high school. Encouraged by positive response, he opted for home schooling during his senior year, which afforded him enough time to compose and record in the studio. Friends began...
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