Simple Math

Simple Math

by Manchester Orchestra
     
 
Manchester Orchestra's 2011effort Simple Math is an epic, would-be concept album revolving around lead singer/songwriter Andy Hull's life to date. Which, essentially, consists of the time Hull -- in his twenties as the time of release -- has spent with his band, which he started in high school. It's clear from the

Overview

Manchester Orchestra's 2011effort Simple Math is an epic, would-be concept album revolving around lead singer/songwriter Andy Hull's life to date. Which, essentially, consists of the time Hull -- in his twenties as the time of release -- has spent with his band, which he started in high school. It's clear from the melancholy lead-off track, "Deer," that Hull is angry, depressed, and regretful over most everything in his life. He sings, "Dear everyone I ever really knew, I acted like an asshole so I could keep my edge on you. Ended up abusing even those I thought immune. I killed the kingdom with one move and now it's time to move." The self-reflection and general tone of pyhrric release-turned-rock star empowerment continues throughout much of the album with such muscular, sludge rock numbers as "Mighty," and the fiery, ragingly melodic "April Fool" being particularly catchy and moving numbers. In that sense, the album brings to mind similar works by such artists as the Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, and, as on cuts like the new wave-esque "Pensacola," a slightly more robust take on Death Cab for Cutie's yearning pop. Conceptual conceits aside, Simple Math is a fairly passionate and rocking affair filled with sprawling, if still tightly wound anthemic pop.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2011
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0886977434129
catalogNumber:
4341209

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manchester Orchestra   Primary Artist
Sou-Chun Su   Violin
Dan Hannon   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Eddie Horst   Conductor
Jake Turner   Vocals
Daniel Laufer   Cello
Mark Van Allen   Steel Guitar
Justin Burns   Violin
Charae Krueger   Cello
Joli Wu   Viola
Karen Freer   Cello
Len Clark   Drums
Andy Hull   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Jonathan Corley   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Timothy Very   Drums
Olga Shpitko   Violin
Robert McDowell   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Tania Maxwell   Viola
Christopher Freeman   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member,Hammond B3
Kenn Wagner   Violin
Brad Fisher   Trumpet,Vocals
Sheela Iyengar   Violin
Daniel Dewitt   Trombone
Wesley P. Collins   Viola
Shawn Spencer   Vocals
Lyndsey Laborde   Choir, Chorus
Joy A. Christy   Violin
Jake Hannon   Choir, Chorus
Grace Ammons   Choir, Chorus
Emily Ammons   Choir, Chorus
Eli Hannon   Choir, Chorus
Benjamin Homola   Drums

Technical Credits

Dan Hannon   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Mike Simmons   Guitar Techician
Billy Hume   Engineer
Mike Greek   Booking
Lowell Reynolds   Engineer
Paul Feig   Liner Notes
Ken Weinstein   Publicity
Manchester Orchestra   Composer,Producer
Luke Skidmore   Guitar Techician
Brad Fisher   Engineer
Brad Oldham   Management
Brian Manley   Layout
Andrew Ellis   Booking
Greg Martin   Arranger
Bret Hartley   Guitar Techician
Ben Talmi   Arranger

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