Cope - FAVORITE GENTLEMAN
FILTER Grade: 83%
By Mischa Pearlman on April 8, 2014
Atlanta five-piece Manchester Orchestra have been tackling heavy subject matter— life, death, faith and crisis thereof—since their 2006 debut. On this fourth full-length, their existential musings are bolder than ever, with layers of brooding guitar cranked up and pointed to the heavens. Just listen to the powerful strains of “Top Notch” and “The Mansion,” or the ominous chug of the title track, which closes the album in a burst of pure spiritual defiance.