Mean Everything to Nothing

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Mean Everything to Nothing
Studio album by Manchester Orchestra
Released 21 April 2009 (2009-04-21)
Recorded September–November 2008
Length 53:23
Label Favorite Gentlemen
Manchester Orchestra chronology
I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child
(2006)I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child2006
Mean Everything to Nothing
Simple Math
(2011)Simple Math2011

Mean Everything to Nothing is the second studio album by the Atlanta-based indie rock band Manchester Orchestra. It was released on April 21, 2009 through independent record label Favorite Gentlemen Recordings and produced by Joe Chiccarelli and Dan Hannon.[1]

Prior to the album's release, AbsolutePunk premiered a video of "The Only One",[2] while Spin premiered another one, for "Shake It Out", on March 24, 2009.[3] A third video, for lead single "I've Got Friends", was released on April 7.[4]

Mean Everything to Nothing received favorable reviews from music critics upon release and debuted at number thirty seven on the U.S Billboard 200 and number eleven on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart.[5]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AbsolutePunkHighly Recommended[8]
AllMusic3/5 stars[9]
Alternative Press5/5 stars[10]
Blare4/4 stars[11]
Kerrang!4/5 stars[12]
Punknews4/5 stars[16]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[17]

Mean Everything to Nothing was warmly received by critics. It currently holds an aggregated score of 70 on Metacritic, indicating "generally favourable reviews" based on 14 professional reviews and 8.2/10 based on 9 user votes.[7]

Jason Tate, founder of highly recommended the album. He opened his review with the line, "Quick note to the rest of the albums coming out this year: The bar has just been set". He praised the album as "classic" and went on to add, "Between the crashing sounds, the subtle whispers, the vocal chants, and the emotional reaction – we have the makings of a classic. We have an album that clearly bridges the gap between mainstream and underground".[8] Alternative Press reviewer Tim Karan awarded a maximum score of 5/5 and heaped praise on the album. He stated, "With 'Nothing, Manchester Orchestra have created what will ineveitably be regarded as one of the landmark releases of 2009, and more noticeable they've exceeded the hype that's surrounded them for nearly three years".[10]

Chris Willman of Paste Magazine also lauded the album. Awarding a score of 91%, he commented that, "The young band has learned a great secret: It’s possible to make a massive, commercial, go-for-the-gusto Rock Record while still holding on to dark idiosyncrasies and seriousness of purpose".[14] Punknews were also largely favourable in their review, rating the album at 4/5. They described the album as "Confoundingly consistent and vividly varied, Mean Everything to Nothing easily surpasses Manchester's previous output and provides a stark album of contrasting moods, layered fervor and modestly orchestral flow". They also commended Andy Hull for his maturing songwriting. "It remains an exciting and considerably accomplished effort. This only being the sophomore try and Hull barely drinking age, it's a little unnerving to think what they could even conceive later on".[16]

Other positive reviews included British publications, Kerrang! and NME, who awarded scores of 4/5 and 7/10 respectively.[12][13]

Some reviews were less favourable, particularly Pitchfork. Scoring the album at 5.2, Eric Harvey gave a mixed review. Both praising and criticizing Hull's lyrical themes. "For a kid barely able to legally drink, Hull's got the exhaustion of middle age. And that's the thing that both defines Manchester Orchestra at this point, as well as what stops them from being great. When they're satisfied with rocking the fuck out, they do it exceedingly well, but when they try to acquire the adult answers, they'd do well to chill out and enjoy being young".[15]

Q Magazine were also more critical, awarding 2 stars out of 5. They bemoaned, "Their second album is suitably heavy on post-adolescent angst but, for all frontman Andy Hull's best efforts, singularly lacking its own voice.[18]

Media appearances[edit]

"I Can Feel a Hot One" was used in an episode of the American television series Gossip Girl.[19]

Track listings[edit]

All tracks written by Andy Hull.[20] Details taken from liner notes[21].

1."The Only One"2:39
2."Shake it Out"5:11
3."I've Got Friends"4:57
5."In My Teeth"4:42
6."100 Dollars"1:50
7."I Can Feel a Hot One"4:19
8."My Friend Marcus"3:41
9."Tony the Tiger"3:09
10."Everything to Nothing"5:37
11."The River" (contains hidden track "Jimmy, He Whispers" (Track ends at 5:55; hidden track begins at 7:25))11:33


The following personnel contributed to Mean Everything to Nothing:[21]

Fourteen Years of Excellence EP[edit]

Fourteen Years Of Excellence
EP by Manchester Orchestra
Released 18 April 2009 (2009-04-18)
Genre Indie rock
Length 17:24

Fourteen Years Of Excellence is the fourth EP released by the band Manchester Orchestra, available on April 18, 2009[22] at select indie record stores as an exclusive release for Record Store Day. The limited edition EP came free with a purchase of Mean Everything To Nothing. Tracks 1 and 3 were done with Joe Chiccarelli while tracking Mean Everything To Nothing. Track 2 was done by Matt Mallpass and track 4 by Robert Mcdowell.

Track listing[edit]

1."Anne Louise"2:41
2."It's Okay With Me"4:37
3."Do You Really Like Being Alone"5:06
4."Shake It Out" (Alternate Version)5:30


  1. ^ "Mean Everything To Nothing by Manchester Orchestra". Retrieved 2009-09-04.
  2. ^ Video Premiere Exclusive
  3. ^ Premiere: Manchester Orchestra's Emotional Getaway
  4. ^ New Manchester Orchestra Video
  5. ^ Mean Everything to Nothing Chart History
  6. ^ "Mean Everything to Nothing by Manchester Orchestra reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Reviews and Tracks for Mean Everything to Nothing by Manchester Orchestra". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  8. ^ a b Jason Tate. "Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  9. ^ Tim DiGravina (21 April 2017). "Mean Everything to Nothing - Manchester Orchestra | Songs, Reviews, Credits". All Media Network. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  10. ^ a b Tim Karen. "Andy, are you okay? Are you okay, Andy? - Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything To Nothing". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on January 2, 2010. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
  11. ^ Dan Rankin (15 April 2009). "Album Reviews – 15/4/09". Blare. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Mean Everything to Nothing". Kerrang! (1259). 29 April 2009. p. 54.
  13. ^ a b "Mean Everything To Nothing Review". NME. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
  14. ^ a b Chris Willman. "Manchester Orchestra: Mean Everything to Nothing". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  15. ^ a b Eric Harvey. "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Manchester Orchestra: Mean Everything to Nothing". Condé Nast. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Mean Everything to Nothing". Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  17. ^ Matt Wolfe. "Manchester Orchestra: Mean Everything to Nothing". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2009-04-18.
  18. ^ "Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything To Nothing" (June 2009). Q Magazine. 29 April 2009. p. 134.
  19. ^ "Manchester Orchestra Gets 'Everything' On Second Album". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  20. ^ BMI Entry
  21. ^ a b Mean Everything To Nothing (CD). Manchester Orchestra. Favorite Gentlemen/Canvasback. 2009. 88697359342.
  22. ^ Release info

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