Manchester Orchestra
I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
February 3rd, 2010 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just wait....don't goooo

Andy Hull is no ordinary songwriter. Practically everything he was written to date has turned to gold, and has been widely praised by indie rock enthusiasts. His lyrics, while more subtle when compared to Jesse Lacey, are perfectly poetic and never lacking in inspiration. A high percentage of bands would kill for a front-man like Hull, not necessarily for the purpose of his emotive and quite excellent vocals, but rather for the factors previously mentioned. Last year’s “Mean Everything to Nothing” made a lasting impact on the underground music community with a loud and much rawer objective than its predecessor. Manchester Orchestra had delivered an accessible and blatant statement with that particular record, that unfortunately may overshadow “I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child” for the remainder of the band’s career. This is quite a tragic fact, for “I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child” follows that classic “music first, lyrics second” formula.

“I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child” is a grower by trait. Hull’s heart-wrenching laments and middle fingers come as a bit of a surprise to what appears to be uplifting and innocent music. With no excess fat around the edges, the record is driven by melodic and warm guitars, and a rather simplistic song structure. With that said however, Manchester Orchestra seems to have broken their own musical boundaries with tracks such as Sleeper 1972, which is an atmospheric and dreamy piece that is reminiscent to R.E.M.’s Star Me Kitten. The focus though, remains on Hull’s agonized soul, a presence in which doesn’t cease to exist in any of the band’s work.

Manchester Orchestra’s debut album is essentially an assortment of emotions; it’s angry, pleading, and unwilling to be understanding all at the same time. Alice and Interiors is the band’s f*** you to the opposite sex, at first taking blame and eventually throwing back into the face of the listener. “I'm the one that is happy. I don't like your ***ty songs. You were wrong, yeah you're always wrong.” With gem I Can Barely Breathe, Hull is blatant as ever, for he reveals the creature that has been haunting his most inner thoughts. “If you knew I was dying would it change you?” As angry and condemning as “I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child” appears to be on the whole, tracks such as Now That You’re Home are an indication that Hull and crew are indeed human and needing some sort of acceptance.

For what it’s worth, a record jam-packed with emotion; “I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child” is an immensely solid collection of songs that don’t cease to have an impact. The record may hit listeners at different capacities and strengths, although it would be difficult to not at least appreciate the inconceivable talent that is Andy Hull. Manchester Orchestra’s debut will not be their best effort, nor is it their greatest at the present time. “I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child” is screaming with potential, demonstrating that something classic from the band is not a figure of our imagination.

Recommended Tracks:
Wolves at Night
Now That You’re Home
I Can Barely Breathe
Sleeper 1972
Alice and Interiors
Colly Strings



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Comments:Add a Comment 
EVedder27
February 3rd 2010


6088 Comments


A short one. Didn't need another 4 review, but I thought I'd throw in my 2 cents.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 3rd 2010


23973 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm interested in this after loving METN. Will check it out eventually, I'm sure.

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dylantheairplane
February 3rd 2010


2171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome review man.

album rules big time, somedays I even like it better than 'Mean Everything'
Don't Let Them See You Cry is incredible

DiceMan
February 3rd 2010


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review man. Mean Everything To Nothing defines indie for me. This album is nearly as good.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2010


17944 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mean everything to nothing is 100000 better than this but this has really grown on me recently. his voice is so much better now though

EVedder27
February 3rd 2010


6088 Comments


Thanks for the pos's guys. And yeah Hull's voice has definitely grown and become more powerful. The other elements of METN are better but I think the songwriting is equally as good on this.

SeaAnemone
February 3rd 2010


20834 Comments


great review, people are gonna hate me for this but I like it better than METN, sentimental value is my excuse though.. this was some of the first "good" music I liked. "The Neighborhood Is Bleeding" is such a great song.

EVedder27
February 3rd 2010


6088 Comments


Thanks SeaAnemone. I can see why some people like this better.

Blindsided
February 3rd 2010


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review Mike. I was beginning to think you had left us. Obviously I like METN more but to each his own.

EVedder27
February 3rd 2010


6088 Comments


Thanks Joe, I've have normal work hours now and I have had no motivation to write anything when I get home.

Knott-
Emeritus
February 4th 2010


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yessssssss i love you for this review, i like this better than METN (although they're close) it's just so awesome

Blindsided
February 4th 2010


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ahh makes sense. I have internship during the day then work at night so yeah same for me. I wanted to go on a industrial reviewing spree but I have no motivation either.

Ponton
Emeritus
February 4th 2010


5815 Comments


I could never get into these guys at all. Regardless, awesome review.

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Nagrarok
February 4th 2010


8298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bloody excellent work, as I've come to expect of you. I'll probably stick to METN though.

EVedder27
February 4th 2010


6088 Comments


Thanks all.



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