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Manchester Orchestra, Cope (Favorite Gentlemen Records)




Manchester Orchestra, Cope (Favorite Gentlemen Records)
CD Reviews April 24, 2014

04/24/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Manchester Orchestra, Cope (Favorite Gentlemen Records)

The fourth full-length from the Atlanta five-piece finds the band reinventing ’90s grunge for people too lazy to run simple Soundcloud searches. In 2009, they became the darlings of 98-pound hipster propeller-heads owing to the unhinged sounds on their second LP, Mean Everything to Nothing, which did have its moments but wasn’t quite the emotional roller coaster “serious” writers seemed to experience, running the gamut from fairly mellow My Morning Jacket stuff to fairly heavy My Morning Jacket stuff.  That’s not to say that Manchester Orchestra are fanboy frauds; they were and still are a lot more in-your-face than MMJ, and it wasn’t their fault idiots from AbsolutePunk and whatnot wrote what they did, perhaps misinterpreting MO’s mild flirtation with Kings of Leon arena-indie for the second coming of something-or-other. No, this new music is heavy and usually brainless, like Foo Fighters with Les Claypool coaching the singer, making their closest competitor nowadays Trail of Dead. What’s that? Yes, they kick Trail of Dead’s ass, and yes, their cred is about to take a nosedive. B- — Eric W. Saeger





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