Manchester Orchestra
Nobody Sings Anymore


3.5
great

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
April 11th, 2010 | 26 replies | 13,488 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This house screams of memories and half-written songs/with the chance of completion depending on love./This disconnected phone, well, it is seldom to speak./Although, when it does its so harsh and complete.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Manchester Orchestra is one of those bands that seem to have a never-ending collection of unknown material. With the critically acclaimed full-length releases “I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child,” and especially “Mean Everything to Nothing” becoming household names in the world of indie rock, the band happens to possess quite a bit more under their belt. To date, Manchester Orchestra has recorded an additional three EP’s, and a tragically unreleased LP entitled “Nobody Sings Anymore.” Considering the prolific nature of the band, it seems hard to believe that Manchester Orchestra has only been around for half a decade, even if a good portion of the material has not reached the public’s ears.

Andy Hull may be the most unlikely candidate for a compelling and passionate front-man. Those of you that have been to a Manchester Orchestra show or seen pictures of the band would concur that Hull does not look as if he is the man singing or writing the songs on the record. Overweight and rocking a thick red beard, this singer/songwriter appears to be more likely to be chopping down trees in the wilderness rather than leading a successful indie rock band. The beautiful thing about music however, is that none of this truly matters. Hull possesses a raw talent in the form of songwriting, and at any given moment has the ability to charm or dismay in such a prosaic variety.

Manchester Orchestra’s unreleased album “Nobody Sings Anymore” is essentially a collection of tracks that were later featured on two of the band’s EPs and “I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child,” as well as other unreleased songs. “Nobody Sings Anymore” includes slightly altered versions of these tracks, including Golden Ticket from the band’s 2006 release and Girl With Broken Wings from “5 Stories EP.” These alternative versions seem to have mixed results on both a track-by-track basis and in the overall context of the album. La-Di-Da is a brilliant example of a track that “Nobody Sings Anymore” seems to showcase the best version of; building to a powerful group vocal-laden climax, rather than sticking to the bare-bones acoustic format. The song in itself is actually one of the better songs Hull has ever written: “The skies scream, ‘I hate you’, and the clouds bleed of shame. She sits there for hours, playing the same song again. And no one listens.” On the contrary however, is Girl With Broken Wings, which is subject to a dawdling pace that picks up too little too late in the final minutes.

Musically, “Nobody Sings Anymore” isn’t a far cry from “I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child,” although lacking the consistency and the gems such as Colly Strings and Where Have You Been. The record is content in relying on infectious buoyant tracks and simple charming ballads, in which seem to recall much of the band’s recent material. Both Anything Left and The Other Side are an absolute blast, almost reminiscing of pop-punk tracks with their accelerated pace and contagious choruses. On the opposition, Please Don’t Go falls into the category of enchanting ballad, and is truly a wonderful little song. Hull’s vocals and lyrics are virtuoso in complementing the sweet ambience developed by the music; “Can you hear my voice on the telephone, trying to feel alive again? Finally realized that i didnt need them at all, much less to feel alive again.”

“Nobody Sings Anymore” is just another enduring recording in the band’s young and already sparkling repertoire. To think that the record has never officially released is a travesty, considering the exceptional songwriting and tight composition that it consists of. This album fails to produce an I Can Feel A Hot One or I Can Barely Breathe caliber underscore, but for what it’s worth is a captivating album. “Nobody Sings Anymore” plays the role of tone setter for Manchester Orchestra, for from here the band was capable of producing a brilliant debut, and eventually a stupendous sophomore release.

Recommended Tracks:
The Procession
Anything Left
The Other Side
Please Don’t Go
La-Di-Da



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EVedder27
April 11th 2010



6088 Comments


So as I mentioned in the review this has never officially been released, but anyone that liked their debut should check this out.

AtavanHalen
April 11th 2010



17927 Comments


I have to get this.

Romulus
April 11th 2010



8410 Comments


I was so surprised when I saw their singer for the first time (in picture haha) cause his appearance just does not fit his voice so much that it's awesome. Great review, pos'd.

EVedder27
April 11th 2010



6088 Comments


Thanks Ryan, pretty much what I thought when I saw the picture of the band for the first time.

SeaAnemone
April 11th 2010



19677 Comments


cool stuff, review is nice, this unknown release definitely needed one...

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2010



30859 Comments


As great as this review is I don't think it meets Sputnik's reviewing policy

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FreePizzaDay
April 11th 2010



1526 Comments


The guy in the album cover looks like a dick in the thumbnail. Just saying. No homo.

FreePizzaDay
April 11th 2010



1526 Comments


Edit: Double. Sorry.

Jips
April 12th 2010



1129 Comments



The guy in the album cover looks like a dick in the thumbnail. Just saying. No homo.


Sooo true...

Since we are observing that kinda stuff ... Why the fuck would they evername a song "I can feel a hot one" ... Unfortunate


Skimaskcheck
April 12th 2010



2360 Comments


Thanks for uncovering all of these Mike haha - is the version of The Procession here the same as the one on You Brainstorm...?

EVedder27
April 12th 2010



6088 Comments


As great as this review is I don't think it meets Sputnik's reviewing policy

Yeah I was afraid that was the case. Basically did this to make people aware that this exists.


Thanks for uncovering all of these Mike haha - is the version of The Procession here the same as the one on You Brainstorm...?

It pretty much is the same, it might sound slightly altered because they probably recorded it two separate times.





Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2010



30859 Comments


What was the reason why this was never officially released in the first place?

EVedder27
April 12th 2010



6088 Comments


I'm not sure tbh, maybe they felt like it needed work or something, but a lot of these songs were either re-done on the EPs or just lost all together.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2010



30859 Comments


Pretty sure I heard this at one point, might have to "reacquire" it again. Smooth review Vedder, smooth review

EVedder27
April 12th 2010



6088 Comments


Thanks dude. If you remember something similar to their debut you've probably heard it.

Nagrarok
April 15th 2010



8169 Comments


Nice as per usual, pos. Haven't heard any MO besides METN.

EVedder27
April 15th 2010



6088 Comments


Thanks Nag, you should check out their debut. Some really great songs on that album.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2011



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Following their promising debut EP '5 Stories', the Andy Hull fronted Manchester Orchestra decided not to officially release 11 track LP 'Nobody Sings Anymore'... The Atlantan outfit must be perfectionists, since especially the latter half of this album is quite strong. Highlighted by Hull's captivating vocals & quality songwriting, the record is deceptively catchy & includes more than sufficient variety, both in terms of style & mood. The production could do with some work, as could the ballads, but ultimately this is definitely a sign of better things to come. Recommended Tracks: Girl With Broken Wings, Anything Left, Slow To Learn & The Other Side.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

getting this now. I figure I need it for the complete Manchester Orchestra collection.

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mxbrady
February 1st 2012



911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So, this may be a radical thing to say, but The Procession is my favorite song Manchester Orchestra has ever written.



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