Manchester Orchestra The Valley of Vision
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Sowing
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March 14th 2023


43997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Can't get enough of the lyrics on Rear View



They're not particularly groundbreaking but I still find myself weirdly shaken by a lot of the passages

letsgofishing
March 14th 2023


1705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love the way Andy breaks into a soaring vocal for just two-three seconds in the second refrain, immediately returning to that really-fragile falsetto. Such a dynamic vocal performance.

Feather
March 14th 2023


10241 Comments


They peaked twice; first with Simple Math and again with Black Mile. [2]

Although I think they peaked a bit higher on Black Mile.

Feather
March 14th 2023


10241 Comments


Really digging this up and glad they continued exploration deeper into this sound. Hoping they return back with a bit more heaviness on the next release.

Sowing
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March 15th 2023


43997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

---Although I think they peaked a bit higher on Black Mile.---

Yup, agree completely.



I also really enjoy this EP (seemingly even more than most). Supposedly the band themselves said they're moving in a heavier direction after this, so both of us may get our wish of seeing them shake things up again to avoid stagnation.

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2023


5508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah this is okay

excited for their metalcore record tho

MoM
March 15th 2023


5994 Comments


^ It’s inevitable.

Andy was featured on metalcore classic “The Artist and The Ambulance”s re-recording.

It’s all prep work and psy ops!!!

CaliggyJack
March 15th 2023


10111 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Was somewhat disappointed with this one ngl

Sowing
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March 16th 2023


43997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Opposite for me. I had middle-of-the-road expectations based on it not being recorded as a full band and very subdued/quiet, but for me this is the perfect coda for MMOG.



Song ranking:

Rear View (5/5)

Quietly (4.5/5)

Losing You Again (4/5)

Capital Karma (3.7/5)

The Way (3.7/5)

Letting Go (3.5/5)



I've also been listening to this a ton as sort of an alternate playlist/pretend LP. It has a lot to do with me listening to HOPE and the Swiss Army Man soundtrack a lot recently and discovering how much I love both of them, and I know it's total nonsense but I enjoy how it flows for some reason:



Capital Karma

The Way

No Rule

Quietly

All That I Really Wanted

Montage

Letting Go

Losing You Again

Rear View

The Ocean

PickleVai17
March 16th 2023


187 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Took a few listens to really get into it, but overall this is pretty great. Doesn't touch Black Mile to the Surface or even Million Masks of God, but it's still a great addition to their discography. Lose You Again Rear View are really damn good.

Sowing
Moderator
March 16th 2023


43997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Oh yeah, it's definitely not up to par with their last two. But I love it as sort of a quiet exhale of a transition between this era of MO and whatever comes next.

BigTuna
March 16th 2023


5907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this is a perfectly good EP. Glad for it.

ShapeOfJizzToCum
March 16th 2023


886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very nice sounding album. Doesn't really tickle my brain and make my spirit soar the way Black Mile and MMOG both do, both are damn near perfect albums imo.

I agree that this works great as a MMOG Coda, I'm glad this isn't a sound they went with for a full length that I would have been waiting for/anticipating as a followup to MMOG but as an EP it's perfect.

imo they were already dropping off with Simple Math, it has some songs I really like but I feel like it started to get a lot more bland after Everything to Nothing was very spicy. Cope/Hope did nothing for me at all and I was pretty much done with the band until I finally gave Black Mile a fair chance and was blown away.

And then I didn't listen to MMOG for a hot minute after it came out because I was afraid it wouldn't measure up but at this point I might like it more than Black Mile, other than the closer not being nearly as strong as the Silence which is prob their best track and will be forever hard to top.





BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2023


4052 Comments


Love this review Rowan. This is sounding... very much like my thing so far. Still need to do a proper dive into their discog.

deathschool
March 19th 2023


28684 Comments


Manchester Orchestrated 9/11

Feather
March 20th 2023


10241 Comments


I forgot, wasn't a shortfilm supposed to drop with this? Has anyone checked it out? Surprised it hasnt been discussed in the thread at all.

ShapeOfJizzToCum
March 21st 2023


886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've not seen it personally, but from several people I heard it was pretty whatever, nothing terrible but didn't do much to enhance the music either. I'll probably check it out at some point but feel no rush.



Keep teetering between 3.5/4 on this one because its nicest moments are *so* nice.

Colton
March 21st 2023


15436 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I feel like whenever a band goes through their "album that accompanies a short film" phase it's never a good sign

Feather
March 21st 2023


10241 Comments


AFI did creepy videos leading up to STS and they are amazing (3:36) and they also did a video thing for their recent album and yeah, it was a meh album for them.

Rarely hits agreed tho.

Conmaniac
April 6th 2023


27694 Comments


i forgot abt this album whoops



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