II (Bad Books album)

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Bad Books II cover.jpg
Studio album by Bad Books
Released October 9, 2012
Recorded January–March 2012
Genre Folk rock, indie rock, alternative rock
Label Triple Crown
Producer Andy Hull, Kevin Devine and Robert Mcdowell
Bad Books chronology
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Singles from II
  1. "Forest Whitaker"
    Released: August 22, 2012

II is the second album from the folk/indie rock collaboration project by folk artist Kevin Devine and members of indie rock band Manchester Orchestra. It was released on October 9, 2012, exactly two years after the band's self-titled debut album, on Triple Crown Records. Like the first album, the songs written were collaborations between Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra's frontman Andy Hull.

Announcement on the album's title, release date and new label took place on the band's Facebook page on August 12, 2012.[1][2] The next day, on August 13, the band streamed the first single off the album, "Forest Whitaker", for free on the Rolling Stone website, and on August 22, the single was released as an official digital single on iTunes.[3]

On September 19, 2012, the band streamed the song "It Never Stops", exclusively through AbsolutePunk.[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."The After Party"3:33
2."No Reward"3:22
3."Forest Whitaker"3:43
4."It Never Stops"3:20
6."Friendly Advice"3:47
7."No Sides"3:27
8."Petite Mort"3:23
10."Lost Creek"4:44
11."Ambivalent Peaks"5:13


  • Kevin Devine - lead vocals, guitar, piano
  • Andy Hull - lead vocals, guitar, piano
  • Robert McDowell - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Freeman - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jonathan Corley - bass
  • Ben Homola - drums, percussion


  1. ^ "Bad Books Announce New Record, Sign to Label". Under the Gun Review. 2012-08-12. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  2. ^ "Photo by badbooksmusic • Instagram". Instagram.com. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  3. ^ Natalie Morin (2012-08-13). "Song Premiere: Bad Books Stray From Comfort Zone on 'Forest Whitaker' | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  4. ^ "ABSOLUTExclusive: Bad Books Song Premiere - News Article". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2013-06-19.