Shake It Out

Since falling in love with discovering new music years ago, Manchester Orchestra’s I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child has been one of my best finds. Andy Hull’s lyrical themes and unique voice immediately stood out and became one of my most spinned albums at UNC.  Now a few years later, you can definitely sense the influences after touring with the likes of Brand New, Say Anything, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Kings of Leon.  Upon first listen, the band’s sophomore release Mean Everything to Nothing hits with the same qualities that made Deja Entendu nearly perfect in my eyes during the summer of 2003: powerful lyrics, loud/soft dynamics, and a sense of urgency.

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Fitting given my reasoning for creating this blog, the first half of Mean Everything focuses on the confusion and disillusionment of growing up and becoming an adult.  Hull claims the second half is about the redemption and overall re-evaluation of the self, realizing “that things are not ok, I am not ok, and there’s a beauty in that.”  After personally spending hours, days, and months being frustrated over seemingly everything the past few years, I found Andy’s quote to be very poetic.  Right now, “Shake It Out” is my favorite track considering how often I’ve recently found myself screaming the lyrics with the windows down during my commute home.

The epicness of the last two and half minutes of “Shake It Out”, combined with the album’s opening lyrics certainly feeling autobiographical lately (“I am the only one that thinks I’m going crazy and I don’t know what to do”), naturally makes me look forward to hearing the new songs live next week with Fun at Exit/In on the day the album hits stores.  You can stream Mean Everything to Nothing in its entirety on the band’s myspace page right now.

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One Response to “Shake It Out”

  1. cbgb Says:

    i reaalllyyyyyyyy wish i could go to this show with you. really. really. wish.

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