Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2011 Ratings: #695 / 990
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Based on 42 ratings
Liked by 1 person
May 10, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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what happened it started so good
Where Mean Everything to Nothing universally stands up a decade later for me as a listener, Simple Math falters a little more throughout the track listing. Don't get me wrong, I still greatly enjoy many of the songs here, seeing them as some of Manchester Orchestra's best works. However, it's hard to deny that some of these songs just don't provide the most powerful performances.

First it's worth discussing the good on Simple Math. Manchester Orchestra continue to lean into their heavier ... read more
I still hold that this is an incredible leap forward for the band. The music is weighty, punchier, and takes more risks. The production is polished and Hull's vocals are actually great. It's one of my favourite indie-rock albums of the 2010s. "Mighty" is where they really sound the most like Brand New and "April Fools" is a heavy, fantastic time. But it's from tracks 5 - 10 that really make this a special record.

"Pale Black Eye" builds, ebbs and flows, and has ... read more
The vocalist sounds so bored throughout this whole thing that it's hard not to get bored yourself.
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