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This is the first release by Bad Books, a collaboration between prolific singer/songwriter Kevin Devine and members of the indie rock band Manchester Orchestra. Devine’s introspective acoustic balladry benefits from the solid power pop backdrop provided by this band while Manchester Orchestra’s ragged riffing and noisier tendencies are tempered by Devine’s subtlety and ear for melody. Devine and Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull each write and sing five songs apiece and they merge well. Some are easy to place — the folky acoustic number “Mesa, AZ” is clearly Devine while the driving “Please Move” sounds like a Manchester Orchestra outtake. There are also two fine acoustic ballads by Hull in “I Begged You Everything” and “Texas.” Where Bad Books shine brightest is on standouts like “How This All Ends,” “Baby Shoes,” “Holding Down the Laughter,” and “You Wouldn’t Have to Ask” in which they sound like a gelled band complete with strong harmony vocals from Devine and Hull. This is a fine debut and a highly enjoyable pooling of talent and vision.

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Hoping it would of been a little more upbeat, but good none the less.

good stuff

This is a good album. It is a lot like A Virgin Losing a Child. "You Wouldn't Have To Ask" should have been longer because I think it is one of the best tracks on the CD and it seems like it ends way to quickly. Some other good tracks on the CD are "Holding Down The Laughter", "Baby Shoes" and "Please Move". Kevin Devine brings a new voice to the group that sounds excellent with Andy's. Good CD.

Bad Books!

This ablum is not like a manchester orchestra album. The album is geared more in the direction of Kevin Devine's music, but it is still good none the less. You can really hear more of the music that influences Andy Hull and Kevin. There is sort of a Neutral Milk Hotel feel with some of the background noises. If you like more folky rock, Andy, or Kevin this is the album for you.


Formed: 2010 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

After serving as opening acts on Brand New's 2007 tour, Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull and solo artist Kevin Devine began working together in spurts. After releasing a split EP in January 2010, the two launched Bad Books, a collaborative side project featuring vocals and songwriting contributions...
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