Simple Math

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886977434129
  • Catalog Number: 774341

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Deer (3:18)
  2. 2 Mighty (3:40)
  3. 3 Pensacola (3:36)
  4. 4 April Fool (4:22)
  5. 5 Pale Black Eye (4:17)
  6. 6 Virgin (4:29)
  7. 7 Simple Math (5:05)
  8. 8 Leave It Alone (4:07)
  9. 9 Apprehension (4:35)
  10. 10 Leaky Breaks (7:14)
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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
Vlado Meller Mastering
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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