Mean Everything To Nothing - Manchester Orchestra
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  • Summary: The second full-length album for the indie-rock band from Atlanta was produced by Joe Chicarelli.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. With Nothing, Manchester Orchestra have created what will ineveitably be regarded as one of the landmark releases of 2009, and more noticeable they've exceeded the hype that's surrounded them for nearly three years. [May 2009, p.109]
  2. The young band has learned a great secret: It’s possible to make a massive, commercial, go-for-the-gusto Rock Record while still holding on to dark idiosyncrasies and seriousness of purpose.
  3. Despite a couple of forgettable tracks near the end (the bland Tony The Tiger, and the overlong Everything To Nothing) then, this is an album that wears its befuddled, het-up, over-emotional heart on its sleeve, and is all the better, less slick and more interesting for it.
  4. Everything also packs enough stadium-rocking grit for Kings of Leon-loving heathens. Lord help them.
  5. 70
    With this foulmouthed, backsliding rock, Hull and his flock do Dixie real proud.
  6. Mean Everything to Nothing has its moments and shows Hull to be a decent enough songwriter, but there's ultimately too much outright mimicry on display and not enough originality for it to have any longevity.
  7. Thir second album is suitably heavy on post-adolescent angst but, for all frontman Andy Hull's best efforts, singularly lacking it's own voice. [Jun 2009, p.134]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Oct 18, 2010
    This album shows that Manchester Orchestra is not just a one-hit wonder. This album goes from simple rock, to soft ballads, and hits hard rock and goes out with a bang. Easily one of the best albums of 2009, this film flies to great heights in the alternative genre and also goes above and beyond the hype from their first album. Expand
  2. NickE
    Apr 25, 2009
    To me, this comes incredibly close to topping their brilliant debut, "I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child". From the growling, almost grunge-like rock out of "Pride" to the soft, touching harmonies on "I Can Feel A Hot One", this album hits the same heady heights of their first LP. I'm still mystified, however, why Pitchfork's marks seem to carry such a heavy weighting on MetaC. I actually think they hate everything. Expand
  3. Aug 20, 2012
    Make no mistake: Manchester Orchestra are going to be a hit and miss band for many folks, and in my personal opinion, this album might not be the best starting point. A few tracks are just bland in sound and the lyrics are not always the best. When Manchester Orchestra shine, however, they shine as bright as the sun. Tracks such as "I've Got Friends" and "Everything to Nothing" bring out some of the bands best and rockiest, and songs such as these overpower the weaker tracks. A mixed bag, but filled with more delicious candy than horseradish. Expand
  4. Sep 14, 2014
    The album gives a lot of fun to listen and has some really great moments. However it has to many weak spots for me to call it overally awesome, but it is good enough. Expand
  5. Feb 12, 2012
    Manchester Orchestra epitomise generic indie rock music. It all feels a little bit put on. Lyrically, it's not too bad, but there just doesn't seem to be anything special about this rock piece that would otherwise hold a listener's attention, certainly not on this album. Expand