Manchester Orchestra’s latest album Simple Math is not one that is instantly accessible. This is an album that requires afew spins to truly appreciate the nuances. Upon wading into the disc, tracks such as “Pensacola” and lead-single “April Fools”will appear to be the sore thumbs of the disc (which they are). The first half of the album is ambitious yet uneven and once “Pale Black Eye” comes on, so does the cohesion of the back end of the record. It’s here that the title-track steals the show “Simple Math” will haunt you long after the album has run its course.
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A proud and over-caffeinated husband, father, runner and writer. I've written for the local weekly The Coast for over a decade and have since taken to creating and writing for HAFILAX for even longer. I hope you enjoy the musings of a guy who has loved music for the better part of 4 decades, and has an album of concert tickets to show for it.