The Million Masks Of God

Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks Of God
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2021 Ratings: #87 / 411
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Based on 199 ratings
2021 Ratings: #237
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The Million Masks of God is sort of like Manchester Orchestra's Science Fiction: it contains fractional glimpses of past albums, is rife with callbacks, and hones the band’s greatest strengths into what is easily their most purely listenable experience.

The Line of Best Fit

Masks feels like the band’s most emotionally loaded record to date, even by their standards. It’s also their most impressive. Huge in both scope and ambition it’s a testament to just how far the band have come since their debut.

Consequence of Sound
It’s not only Manchester Orchestra’s crowning achievement but also one of the finest amalgamations of indie rock/Americana/indie folk in years.
Northern Transmissions
Raw, emotional and confessional: ‘The Million Masks of God’ has stayed true to its manifesto.
Though their sixth album reckons with death and afterlife, musically it finds the Atlanta quartet at their most assured.
A record that feels dynamic and vital - while still respecting the band’s legacy so far - ‘The Million Masks of God’ is astonishing.
They’re managing to consistently raise the bar, and this time is no different; the bar is now stratospheric. If you squint, you may just about see it.

There's a feeling on Million Masks that the band are pushing themselves to move beyond the more traditional aspects of their rock sound, stretching their melodic and lyrical ideas.


While The Million Masks Of God isn't a complete pivot, it's rotated enough that long after their departure, fans will always remember meeting an angel, and thinking that it sounded just like home.


This bombast largely works in Manchester Orchestra’s favor because it’s well-balanced with solid songwriting.They’ve maintained the style laid out on A Black Mile but imbued it with more splendor.


The Million Masks of God goes for an emotional gut-punch, but it's a bit light on impact. Much of the power of this music comes from the mind when it ought to come from the soul.

Classic Rock

The Million Masks Of God is way less heavy going than a concept album centred on explorations of faith and existence inspired by the death of a parent has any right to be.

Spectrum Culture
Manchester Orchestra uses elegant lampshades to deepen and brighten its material, showing how many ways a single lamp can illuminate a room.
Slant Magazine

The band spends most of The Million Masks of God reprising the sweeping indie-rock sound of A Black Mile to the Surface. As a result, the new album feels like less of a natural evolution and more like a retread.

Having been a massive fan of Manchester Orchestra and everything Andy Hull touches, from his collaborative group with Kevin Devine in Bad Books to the soundtrack for oddball film Swiss Army Man, for over a decade now makes each new appearance from the group a special one for me. The group have progressed further into underappreciated indie rock titans over the years, expanding their sound into even larger and grandiose realms that include the symphonic arrangements on Simple Math and the ... read more
Pretty new to Manchester Orchestra, only last year I became aware of them from the #2020 Touché Amore album but I’m aware they are indie folk/rock.

I’m a little divided on this one, I’ve tried every EQ and every speaker in the house - the acoustic, the bass, the drums, the vocals and the mood are all here but where are the electric guitars? The songs are literally screaming for them!

So the bass and drums are super present which make the perfect foundation and there ... read more
Pleasantly surprised by this one. Been a fan of Manchester Orchestra for years now, but was a little worried because many of their contemporaries latest releases have been underwhelming and sometimes embarrassing.

The Million Masks of God really shows all their strenghts as well as coming across fresh and with a greater enthusiasm.

Andy's soft vocals and open lyricism really hit and the catchy melodies really make it an enjoyable experience. I feel like this album will get overlooked, but I ... read more
They still sound like a mix of the most unadventurous elements of a load of other bands - like the safest parts of every Antlers/Fleet Foxes/Silversun Pickups/Half Moon Run/My Morning Jacket album shoved in a blender.

Vanilla indie smoothie.

Now that's a super nice take on indie rock, I haven't heard any Manchester Orchestra material before and I'm pleasantly surprised, especially as a person that's not obsessive with this type of music. every song here is a mini banger, listening to "The Million Masks of God" is just very entertaining, but I feel like I enjoy it a lot more than y'all lmao

With the addition of orchestral instruments, some non-invasive synth enhancements, and very ... read more
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Track List

  1. Inaudible
  2. Angel Of Death
  3. Keel Timing
  4. Bed Head
  5. Annie
  6. Telepath
  7. Let It Storm
  8. Dinosaur
  9. Obstacle
  10. Way Back
  11. The Internet
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Added on: February 18, 2021