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Bad Books [Digipak]

  • 1. How This All Ends
    2. Easy Mark & the Old Maid, The
    3. Baby Shoes
    4. You're a Mirror I Cannot Avoid
    5. Holding Down the Laughter
    6. You Wouldn't Have to Ask
    7. I Begged You Everything
    8. Please Move
    9. Mesa, AZ
    10. Texas
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 033

  • Credits
    ProducerBad Books
    EngineerRobert McDowell

    Personnel: Andy Hull (vocals, guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Kevin Devine (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Christopher Freeman (piano, keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Ben Homola (drums, percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Chris Bracco.
    Recording information: Favorite Gentlemen Studios, Atlanta, GA (01/2010-05/2010).
    Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull and solo artist Kevin Devine first crossed paths in 2007, when both were tapped as openers for Brand New's spring tour. Although they released a split EP several years later, this self-titled album is the duo's first collaborative project, with both musicians sharing lead vocals and songwriting duties. The track list is split in half: Devine contributes five new tunes, most of them acoustic, introspective, indie folk ballads in the vein of Elliott Smith; and Hull offers an equal amount of noisy, messy pop/rock in return. Although they play on each other's material, the two don't carve out a unique sound as much as adapt to each other's style, and this disc often sounds like another split EP as opposed to a conflation of talents. On album highlights like "Holding Down the Laughter," though, Hull and Devine find a common groove, mixing cheesy `70s keyboards and lo-fi charm with earnest, summery pop hooks. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Devine fills his cuts with his trademark sound, while Hull's numbers are more unpredictable and noisy. When the two styles meet, it's especially rewarding..."
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