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A Black Mile To The Surface

Manchester Orchestra

A Black Mile To The Surface

Fifth album from the Atlanta alt.rock band produced by John Congleton (Future Islands, Explosions In the Sky) and Catherine Marks (The Killers, Foals)

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  1. 9.8 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    The songs on Black Mile are expansive, textured, each one like a painting in a distinct style
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  2. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Absolutely class
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    An artistic triumph, the kind worth regarding as a creative masterwork among their collection
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  4. 9.0 |   All Music

    Georgia's Manchester Orchestra deliver one of their most balanced and mature efforts
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  5. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A stunning evolution of a band who aren’t afraid to test themselves
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  6. 8.4 |   Gig Soup

    Manchester Orchestra utilise an ability to deliver intensity whilst cultivating a captivating atmosphere to great effect on their fifth outing
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  7. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It’s a new high-water mark for the band, and one well worth the pain to reach
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  8. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    On their latest album, Manchester Orchestra show that gloominess pays off as long as you've got good songs and smart arrangements
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  9. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    When Hull croons over the starkly beautiful acoustic love song The Parts, it feels like the missing piece of an album that ticks every box
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  10. 8.0 |   The Music

    As brittle as it is powerful
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  11. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    Manchester Orchestra's songs are bigger than ever
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  12. 7.7 |   Paste Magazine

    It may not be a no-hitter (nothing here is as immediately visceral as, say, “Shake It Off” or as instantly gorgeous as “Simple Math,” perhaps), but the band still looks and sounds strong
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  13. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    Their most confounding and thrilling work yet, with the most grandiose narrative concepts, production, and arrangements of their career
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  14. 7.0 |   Punk News

    It's another haunting effort but one that doesn't quite pack the rock and roll punch of old
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  15. 7.0 |   The 405

    The bold new steps Andy Hull and company take on it seem likely to be the building blocks upon which they build their next classic
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  16. 6.0 |   DIY

    The band balance loud and quiet better than ever
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  17. 6.0 |   Q

    Sounding beautiful is a good problem to have. Print edition only

  18. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Their fifth LP is full of hearty, outdoorsy Americana
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  19. 5.0 |   A.V. Club

    There’s some beautiful songwriting here, but it’s buried beneath the smudges of its producers
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