Manchester Orchestra have teased us with new singles "Top Notch" and "Every Stone," but at long last, Cope has arrived. The Atlanta quintet are streaming their aggressive, guitar-heavy new album in its entirety on NME today.
Cope was named one of our most anticipated releases of 2014, and the follow-up to 2011's Simple Math does not disappoint.
One thing that stands out about Cope is the dichotomy between the heavy, forceful guitar work and the relative calmness of frontman Andy Hull's vocals. There are times, of course, when Hull unleashes his signature yelps, but Manchester Orchestra's roots in the loud-quiet-loud-quiet-very loud style of indie rock are still noticeable here.
Hull gave us a clue that this was coming back in 2013: "I don't know where all the guitar went," he told Matt Pinfield about the current state of rock radio. "I'm bringing [some back with Cope]. It's a super-aggressive guitar rock record. I believe in that."
All that's left is for you to dive in and form your own opinion of the album. Where does it stack up in Manchester Orchestra's stellar discography? Do you prefer it to the grunginess of 2009's Mean Everything To Nothing?