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  • Summary: The latest full-length studio release for the Atlanta indie rock band was produced with Ethan Gruska and Catherine Marks.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Apr 26, 2021
    100
    Here, the sequencing is more dynamic and the lyrical settings are as intimate as they've ever been. ... Their body of work speaks for itself at this point: Manchester Orchestra is one of the greatest bands alive right now, and The Million Masks of God is yet another feather in their cap.
  2. 90
    If A Black Mile to the Surface was the band’s first record back following a rebirth of sorts, then as far as the difficult second album’s go, Manchester Orchestra have absolutely nailed it.
  3. Apr 27, 2021
    83
    Every aspect is written and performed impeccably, with track sequencing that highlights both the variety of the material and the wisdom of its concepts. True to its intentions, then, The Million Masks of God is a gorgeously tuneful and thought-provoking gem.
  4. 80
    With ‘The Million Masks Of God’, they’ve written something that feels similar to one – a record that traverses every corner of their sound, from beefy rock songs to string-assisted grandeur and acoustic bliss, further cementing their place as an under appreciated band to treasure.
  5. Apr 28, 2021
    75
    Following the overblown COPE, it seemed unclear where the band would go next. But with The Million Masks of God, Manchester Orchestra prove that they’ve found their footing.
  6. Apr 30, 2021
    70
    With its complex sonic textures, use of repetition, and few standout hooks, The Million Masks of God is Manchester Orchestra’s least accessible work, but it’s an achievement in its own way. It doesn’t have many stand-out singles but is best appreciated by repeated listens in its entirety as the narrator, as a stand-in for the band, confronts his spiritual and emotional pain without a clear resolution.
  7. Apr 26, 2021
    50
    When the band dabbles in more disruptive sounds that deviate from A Black Mile to the Surface, the effect is fresh and exciting. ... The remainder of the album, however, is composed mostly of midtempo songs that all similarly build to predictable climaxes.

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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. May 5, 2021
    10
    A genuinely masterful work of art from Manchester Orchestra. It's their most mature offering and it's clear that time was spent toA genuinely masterful work of art from Manchester Orchestra. It's their most mature offering and it's clear that time was spent to meticulously create this album. If you haven't listened, just hit play and you will be introduced to something magic. Expand
  2. May 8, 2021
    9
    Bed head is the song of the year. We need more music like this. Great album
  3. May 2, 2021
    9
    This band has a way of creating a genuine feeling of earnestness, an honest hard to place your finger on type of magic that I have notThis band has a way of creating a genuine feeling of earnestness, an honest hard to place your finger on type of magic that I have not encountered in many other bands. I believe they are doing things on a different level. Opening track “Inaudible” the production and catchy vocals instantly drew me in, heavenly choir voices/harmonies. Other highlights: “Obstacle”,my favorite track on the album, we hear Andy hit some out of character high notes that surprised me, and were worth the effort. Hearing Hull branch out and try new things (as simple as they seem) was a huge pleasure to hear. “Angel of death” was also a favorite of mine. Point is I cannot say enough nice things about this album, I cannot stop jumping in the car and bringing up Spotify to listen through again. Excellent work. Expand
  4. May 8, 2021
    7
    Not quite an evolution, but it was good.

    Notable Tracks

    > Inaudible
    > Angel Of Death
    > Annie
    > Obstacle
  5. May 5, 2021
    0
    Pretentious and highly overrated. "Musicians" lost their sense of music. Not worthy of a single minute of your time