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  • Audio CD (April 21 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Run Time: 52.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B001UDY250
  • Other Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Only One
2. Shake It Out
3. I've Got Friends
4. You, My Pride & Me
5. In My Teeth
6. One Hundred Dollars
7. I Can Feel A Hot One
8. My Friend Marcus
9. Tony The Tiger
10. Everything To Nothing
11. The River

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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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This album is everything you could ever want. No wonder this band is blowing peoples minds! This is their 2nd album but without a doubt their best to date. Every song is great not one weak track out of the bunch. they combine rock with alt with indie with folk and it equals one great mind blowing experience. if you don't have this album slap yourself in the face and then go buy it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cbbfb10) out of 5 stars 85 reviews
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HASH(0x9d255684) out of 5 stars WOW!!!! April 22 2009
By J. Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ok, for starters, for anybody who loves Manchester Orchestra's first album I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child, this album might initally come as a shock because it has an entirely different tone and production. It has a much heavier edge to it and the sound has more of a polish to it. These aren't bad qualities by any means, but the sound is noticeably different.

That being said, the same qualities that made the previous album impossible to stop listening to all the way through, over and over, are all here again. This has to be the freshest band I've heard in what seems like a decade. The songwriting is superior to anything that's been offered up in ages. Andy Hull's voice, and the palbable unity of the way this band plays together creates songs that can bring you to tears in one instance while at the same time hitting you squarely in the solar plexus with riffs that tighten your flesh and invite the adrenaline to course through your veins.

The most noticeable quality is the beauty contained within every finely crafted song. In a world that grows increasingly more vacant daily, these guys have once again produced nothing short of musical integrity. Cheers Manchester Orchestra! Absolute brilliance!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f74fd08) out of 5 stars Starting To Mean Just Everything May 4 2009
By Andrew John Wilhoit III - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have a wide range of music I listen to and love, and over the past two years or so I have developed an unhealthy obsession with Brand New's "The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me." I listen to everything from Enya to the Mars Volta, but that album simply entails most everything I love in music. Deeper lyrics revolving more around a narrative style, soft/loud dynamics executed beautifully, melodies that sound so raw and real, it's hard to believe it's music after awhile. The reason I mention this album is because of my initial hesitance to get into Manchester Orchestra.

My friend always swore to me they reminded him of Brand New, so I gave them a chance, albeit a half hearted chance, and wasn't impressed. Long story short, I got into them, and into them heavily eventually. Both of MO's albums are amazing pieces of art and they do evoke several different emotions while listening. Yes there are hints of Brand New, but also darker Death Cab, Bright Eyes, Neutral Milk Hotel, and a formula all their own. The album plays out as 11 separate different pieces entirely, which may be annoying for the untrained ear. Manchester does not just rest on one sound as each song could certainly be made by a different band. "The Only One" sounds like Kings Of Leon should have sounded on their early albums, while "Pride" sounds like Conor Oberst fronting Black Sabbath in its first half, with an apocalyptic rock out that would make Local H proud. The melodies on this and their first album give me the same warming sensation I receive upon listening to my favorite albums ever (i.e. "Devil & God"). The band has some small quirks to work out, but who really doesn't?

Overall this is a highly diverse, emotional album that isn't afraid to flex its muscles in contrast with most indie bands where being conservative is the new rock n' roll. Screw that. Manchester enjoys blasting chords even if you're not ready for it (Pride, Shake It Off, etc.). Once the dust settles following a song like "Pride", the listener feels there is nowhere left to go after such an epic, angry, angry song, that should have been the album closer. But such a talented band would never place a track so high in the listing without intent. "In My Teeth" follows it up beautifully with an equal dose of pop and heavy, yet focused jamming. "100 Dollars" is every bit Bright Eyes as it is Neutral Milk Hotel as it has Andy Hull alone with an acoustic guitar singing of solitude in its first half with a heavily distorted electric guitar pairing with his scream for the second demanding money from his contemporaries. A strange track indeed, but wholly necessary.

Other highlights include "I Can Feel A Hot One" (dare you not to be touched by this song), and "My Friend Marcus", which also balances the tightrope act of pop and heavy rock. Hull's vocals have improved from the first album, sounding a bit raspier and even adding more of his native southern tinge. Guitars are turned up, anger is turned up, melody is turned up, can't wait for their new album, as I know that it will be groundbreaking.

Oh did I mention that "The River" is my favorite song on the album and that "I've Got Friends" is easily the best single I have heard in years giving a middle finger to the junk that radio and TV tries to feed us constantly.
Amen to bands like this, and godspeed to them for their new album. Get this, you won't be disappointed.
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HASH(0x9ceb0090) out of 5 stars Hookiness beneath alternative's long shadows... Sept. 9 2009
By Mister Charlie - Published on Amazon.com
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The fact that this is a rock band and not an orchestra, and is from Atlanta, GA and not Manchester, UK, does not influence my feelings on the music. Let's not forget the Bay City Rollers were not from Michigan, they were Scottish. Hmmm.

In "Mean Everything To Nothing", Manchester Orchestra evokes the thrill of "alternative" revealing its secrets (and rendering its moniker useless) to the mainstream ca 1991-1993, as though seminal Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana records from those days were implanted in their DNA.

Silversun Pickups, while playing in the same ballpark as Manchester Orchestra, has probably done a better job thus far at starting to carve its own identity out of this template. Manchester Orchestra, despite leader Andy Hull's burgeoning gift for melodic hookiness, still lurks under the long shadows of their genre/influences...

With a little emo-screamo here ("Shake It Out", "The River"), maybe a little Jane's Addiction there ("I've Got Friends"), a thick slab of Black Sabbath here ("Pride", and they should send Tommy Iommi a check), Nirvana there ("In My Teeth"), Bright Eyes flare-ups here and there, Manchester Orchestra still might have a ways to go to implant themselves in someone else's DNA, but they're sure making a joyfully tortured noise as they try to crack the code. A particularly fabulous part, for me, was the outro of "Everything to Nothing", an unexpected circus waltz trailing out of the body of the song as though viewing it from above, in a dream.

3-1/2 stars.
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HASH(0x9d9f40f0) out of 5 stars Diverse Passionate Bittersweet Melancholy Music July 23 2009
By John Werner - Published on Amazon.com
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Being almost 50 I'm not the intended audience I'd venture to guess, but I was intriqued by the name of this group I was unfamiliar with. I think since they were called Manchester Orchestra I conjured up visions of an Oasis type straight ahead rock band with, perhaps, a more diverse sound. Except for the diversity what I got couldn't be further from the what I imagined.

Based on what I have distilled from several listening sessions there is no Oasis in MO's sound, but plenty of other 90's influences with Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins being two of the most obvious. Obviously if you were to pick good 90's music those two bands were some of the better ones.

This album grows on you. It's angry aplenty with lots of grinding guitar to underscroe that, but like Nirvana it has moments of quite introspection sometimes side by side in the same song. It is programmed well to where it seems the first 10 songs are to be taken in a single sitting if possible, with the last two being, to my way of thinking, like bonus tracks that really don't add much yet they certainly don't take away anything. The loud dynamic swings and heavy guitar work well with the urgency of the vocals to draw the listener in. I think this band could really develop to be more impressive overtime and this is a very respectable showing which leaves the listener invested in hoping just that.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf3360c) out of 5 stars An Orchestra With Rock Guitars & Screaming Feb. 14 2010
By Flap Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
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After listening to Manchester Orchestra's first two singles, it's almost impossible not to buy their album. Songs like "I've Got Friends" are just classic with their pure sense of anger & rage in parts of their songs. They take screaming and make it some sort of loud artform, and yet for everything they get right in those songs, they switch of their sound making it a diversified album. Make no mistake about it, this Orchestra has a lot of rock guitars.

Highlights Include:
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.

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