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PO: Manchester Orchestra - A Black Mile To The Surface (7-28-17)

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2 hours ago, mrewest said:

I've been off the MO bandwagon for a while but this might be their most complete album yet.  I hated Cope after one listen.  This album is a 180 from that.  Can't wait for more listens.

I'm the exact opposite.  I thought Cope was a really solid album and after three listens of this one I'm happy I skipped out.  Bummed too because I was really hyped for this.

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6 hours ago, rickydenim said:

For those who have received the gold book, do you think it's worth $110? That's how much it'll cost me shipped to Aus. 

 

Mine came damaged. Loma Vista is replacing it, but it doesn't give me high hopes of it arriving to Australia in decent condition. 

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Managed to grab a gold photobook off of Discogs for $40. Very pleased with that as I don't envision finding it at a lower price. Says it is mint too. Fingers crossed it doesn't come with any damage.

Edited by The Saint

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59 minutes ago, njpunkmusic said:

album is finally growing on me, but still my least favorite MO album.  Just too soft.  Its a going to bed kind of album.  It needs a little more life to the songs

The lack of breakdowns is also problematic to me. I need more of that bass drum and drop D palm mutes.

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I don't understand the soft complaints. The Gold, The Moth, Lead, SD, The Grocery, The Wolf, and especially The Silence are pretty huge sounding rock songs. Yeah, they are much more dynamic than COPE so they have quieter parts, but that makes the "heavy" parts hold even more weight.

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On 7/31/2017 at 11:41 PM, shamrocks said:

yeah while i dont agree with you on Cope, I think this one is probably their best.

As I type this I'm listening to Cope again for the first time since it came out.  I was definitely harsh on it at the time.  Still not my favorite, but some parts are jumping out at me a little more than I remember.  Heavier 90s vibe than I picked up on before.

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Question for the folks that have been following MO forever (or more specifically MO's merch store). Does the band ever have an overflow of a specific item from a bundle? Really digging that A Black Mile To The Surface T-Shirt and didn't pull the trigger in time before all the bundles were sold out. 

Side note -- I'm thinking Manchester really out did themselves on this album. Haven't stopped listening to it since it's been released. Front to back -- The Grocery is a stand out track for me. 

Edited by Tamubro

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Finding the same phenomenon I find with most MO albums (except Cope) - I listen once through and think "this is a pretty good batch of songs", then two days later it's all I can listen to. Lead, SD is the only one I don't really like. 

 

Does anyone happen to know if The Alien is based on an actual event? Sounds like it might be, but it's so hard to tell. 

 

Also, for anyone else who was going slightly crazy thinking the repeated strummed chords that recur in The Moth (like after the intro) sounded really familiar, I finally realized they reminded me of The Dryness and the Rain. 

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1 hour ago, dawhizz said:

Finding the same phenomenon I find with most MO albums (except Cope) - I listen once through and think "this is a pretty good batch of songs", then two days later it's all I can listen to. Lead, SD is the only one I don't really like. 

 

Does anyone happen to know if The Alien is based on an actual event? Sounds like it might be, but it's so hard to tell. 

 

Also, for anyone else who was going slightly crazy thinking the repeated strummed chords that recur in The Moth (like after the intro) sounded really familiar, I finally realized they reminded me of The Dryness and the Rain. 

So glad you mentioned that. That bridge part in Lead, SD also reminds me of mwY.

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