By Manchester Orchestra
The second LP from Atlanta band Manchester Orchestra is one they will be hoping can catapult them firmly into the public eye.
Following their constant touring schedule in America and all over the world, they have built up a passionate fan base through touring with the likes of Brand New and Kevin Devine, but need to take a step beyond their peers to distinguish their own sound and style that may catch the ear of the more mainstream listener.
With opener 'The Only One,' a song laden with hooks and catchy lyrics, they don't veer too far from previous efforts, however a much heavier and violent sound on the likes of 'Shake It Out' and 'I've Got Friends' shows that the band have added another side to the Nirvana-esque quiet/loud style of debut album 'I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child.' Andy Hull's often shrill vocals compliment his much softer, more vulnerable whisper perfectly, evident on the terrific finale of 'The River' or the two minute long '100 Dollars.'
For fans of the band this album will take a little while to get used to, but it is definitely an album worth sticking with as it has a lot of hidden depth whilst keeping the catchy charm of old. For new listeners to the band, it is a great way to get to know what Manchester Orchestra are all about, not always easy listening but a band you will want to keep listening to again and again.