Manchester Orchestra
You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance...


5.0
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Review

by JesusChris USER (5 Reviews)
September 24th, 2011 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hold me, the day I try to fly.

It’s hard to believe how far Manchester Orchestra have come in their near seven year lifespan. From the sincere and simple indie-rock of I’m Like A Virgin, Losing a Child, to the grungier and in your face Mean Everything To Nothing and finally the grandiose and polished effort Simple Math, it’s safe to say this band thrives on progression. However those who have taken the time to revert to where it all began may have heard of their 2005 EP; You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm But Brilliance Needs A Good Editor a record that is grossly overlooked and underrated.

The album consists of five catchy, humble and honest tracks from the Georgian outfit which, although are more reminiscent of their first full length, Virgin, it's safe to say they march to the beat of their own drum. Fan favorite ‘I’d Rather Have’ begins in almost Death Cab For Cutie fashion but quickly switches pace and unveils some great Andy Hull poetry as he sings “I would rather have a broken heart than give up hope on you” before breaking, earnestly, into the lyric “we’ve got all the time, that we need” it is through and through a classic Manchester Orchestra song. However we see where Hull truly shines in the acoustic closer ‘Play It Again, Sam! You Don’t Have Any Feathers’, the albums clear standout. Hull gushes emotion and honesty throughout the entire song through lyrics such as “I know you’ve been abandoned, but don’t abandon, ship on me” whilst an enchanting banjo riff carries the simplicity of the song.

If you’ve ever listened to this EP and thought nothing of it, go back and try and hear it, even if it’s only the albums final track. You will have at least heard one of the best songs by the band and have some rad lyrics to post on your tumblr.


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JesusChris
September 24th 2011


673 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

no idea how to add italics. fucking adore this EP

Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2011


7292 Comments


Use [i ] word [/i ] but without the spaces.

Good review - although I'd personally dispense with the "Recommended Tracks" section. Pos.

Digging: U2 - Songs of Innocence

mallen-
September 24th 2011


1235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

probably my favorite of their eps

JesusChris
September 24th 2011


673 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

done and done, cheers Irving

Eko
September 25th 2011


2119 Comments


and have some rad lyrics to post on your tumblr.

hahahahaha

someguest
September 25th 2011


20573 Comments


I'm Like A Virgin,

Touched For The Very First Time


Wildcatforever
September 25th 2011


441 Comments


Sweet review. About to take another listen.

JesusChris
September 26th 2011


673 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

WITH MY BLOODY LIPPPSSS, AND YOUR BROKEN ARMS. WE'LL TURN INTO ONE, WE'LL SING THE SAME SONG.



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