Right Away, Great Captain!
The Eventually Home


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by DeafMetal USER (2 Reviews)
December 25th, 2009 | 41 replies | 14,855 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Eventually Home is the second solo release from the talented Manchester Orchestra frontman, Andy Hull. The album is based in slow, folky rhythms and is complemented with some of the best indie songwriting to have ever graced my eardrums.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

One day, while utilizing some of my spare time to voyage across the swarming, bustling world of music, I unexpectedly stumbled upon a stone that was covered in earth and black soil. I spit in my hand and wiped some of the mud from the surface, only to uncover more filth. Determined and hungry for a glimpse of what lay beneath the caked-on exterior, I kept working at the hard, little mass in my palm. Soon, a deep blue light shone through the dirt with a great brilliance that could only be compared to gazing at the sun. I put the gem in my pocket and trekked home as fast as I could. Little did I know that what I had discovered was rare, authentic, and satisfyingly beautiful on massive levels. I had discovered indie-folk music at its finest.

The Eventually Home is a concept album so astonishing and brilliant that it is almost life-altering. Groundbreaking. Singer/songwriter and guitarist, Andy Hull, tells an enthralling tale of a Sixteenth Century sailor who is betrayed by his wife while he is out at sea. Some say that Hull uses the Right Away, Great Captain! series as a metaphor to portray his feelings of living a transient, nomadic lifestyle. Though, one of the most amazing things about the album is its simplicity. In fact, that is what's so attractive about this album to me. Its sheer straightforwardness.

Here is a brief analysis of a few of my favorite tracks from the album:

The record begins with the marvelously stirring track, "Down To Your Soul." With feelings of nostalgia and inspiration, Andy sings, "I'm a traitor to your flesh in a stone / You're gonna read about the way, the way a man can go / I'm a good man, are you a good man? Does a good man take you home? / With a rejoicing mouth I sing for you and pause." Descriptions of loneliness and longing arouse the listener to immediately identify with the sailor's emotions. A harmonizing piano eventually comes in about a minute into the song and makes for a truly remarkable track.

The album progresses into "Cutting Off The Blood To Ten" and is easily my favorite song. With simplistic chords and a basic melody, Hull effectively gets the song's message of angst and desperation across. Yelling the lyrics, "And I wished I could have told the Lord to sever me at the cord / Because the moment I left I would never come back no more," Andy's emotion soars and goose bumps are guaranteed. The song ends beautifully as well, with the lyrics, "For now I’ll keep my hands around this thing and wait for an apostle to sing, 'You're never allowed to come in' / So just sink or swim." Utter perfection.

The folky-as-hell "What A Pity" and "Oh No, I Tried" make for memorable and catchy tracks. The picked chords of "What A Pity" and the rhythmic bounce of "Oh No, I Tried" define the sobering lyrics of both songs without a hitch. With lyrics about religion, nature, and sorrow, Andy shows his true songwriting abilities that create deep ponderings and cogitations.

Finally, "Memories From A Shore." Words cannot describe this song and the emotion it evokes. Its simple riffs and raspy vocals turn this track into one of the most memorable from the album. The first verse's lyrics are eloquently written and make the sailor's environment really come to life. "After I ate I went outside to catch my air and to walk off my drink / And I rolled tobacco and watched as the smoke floated magically like you left me / I made a firm fist and pissed, thought it brilliant to throw my hand into the door / I knew I would have to admit that I was wrong, I decided to not talk no more," sings Hull. Effortless and elegant words.

I highly recommend this album. Not only is it the best indie-folk record I own, but it is one of the best records I own, period. The vocals are perfectly executed and the guitar playing is spot-on. Philosophical, intelligent, and metaphorical lyrics weave the details of the sailor's story into a masterpiece. The Eventually Home is a perfect release from one of today's best musicians.


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DeafMetal
December 25th 2009



8584 Comments


this is my first review, any criticism would be helpful

Roach
December 25th 2009



2149 Comments


classic? lol

DeafMetal
December 25th 2009



8584 Comments


to me it is, really enjoy this album

Emim
December 25th 2009



26572 Comments


First paragraph is fairly lolworthy.

DeafMetal
December 25th 2009



8584 Comments


how so? it's obviously meant to be metaphorical and a bit over the top

tombits
December 25th 2009



3470 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I thought it was pretty cool man, good job for a first review. I wouldn't call this a classic album, but each to there own.

brutebeard
December 25th 2009



1655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is classic in it's own way, and genre. The point is artistry portrayed through simplicity. Grate Re-View man! This concept sort of reminds me of "Old Man and the Sea"

DeafMetal
December 26th 2009



8584 Comments


tombits - o'brother are fantastic. good choice
brute - i agree. very old man and the sea-esque. i love its simplicity

tombits
December 26th 2009



3470 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

brutebeard - Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and and perhaps even Bon Iver are considered classic artists of the genre, check them out.

DeafMetal
December 26th 2009



8584 Comments


I disagree with Elliott Smith.

Emim
December 26th 2009



26572 Comments


It was well written and very good for a first (dunno about the rating though), but yeah, that paragraph made me chuckle in a good way.

tombits
December 26th 2009



3470 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I disagree with Elliott Smith.

You can't disagree with such highly rated albums!

DeafMetal
December 26th 2009



8584 Comments


thanks for the feedback! smith's good, i don't think he's the best in the genre -- agree to disagree!

tombits
December 26th 2009



3470 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sure thing. At least we agree O' Brother are great, rate that album! haha.

Skimaskcheck
December 26th 2009



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ohh i need this so bad. in fact i don't know why i don't have it yet..

DeafMetal
December 26th 2009



8584 Comments


loving that favorite gentlemen shit atm

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 26th 2009



17204 Comments


I was a cage is the best song andy hull's written

DeafMetal
December 31st 2009



8584 Comments


it's up there

EVedder27
February 15th 2010



6088 Comments


I had no idea Andy Hull had a side project until now. All over this.

DeafMetal
February 15th 2010



8584 Comments


yeah seriously good album



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