Mean Everything to Nothing

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Mean Everything to Nothing
Studio album by Manchester Orchestra
Released April 21, 2009
Recorded September–November 2008
Genre Indie rock, alternative rock
Length 53:23
Label Favorite Gentlemen
Producer Joe Chiccarelli, Dan Hannon
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 and debuted at number thirty seven on the U.S Billboard 200 and number eleven on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart.[5]


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.[6]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (9.3/10)[7]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[8]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars[9]
Blare 4/4 stars[10]
IGN (9.0/10)[11]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[12]
NME (7/10)[13]
Paste (9.1/10)[14]
Pitchfork Media (5.2/10)[15]
Punknews 4/5 stars[16]
Rockfeedback 4/5 stars[17]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[18]

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".[9] Jason Tate, founder of scored the album at 93%. 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".[7] IGN praised the album as "outstanding" and gave a score of 9.0/10. Reviewer, Brian Linder wrote, "Mean Everything to Nothing is an incredibly dynamic rock trip that will have you rapt from start to finish. And while Hull's lyrical inclination is to leave us with more questions than answers, the one thing that's certain is that this band is about to blow up".[11] 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] Sputnikmusic's Matt Wolfe gave a 4/5 rating. Although he said the album was just short of being "classic indie rock", he summarised, "Mean Everything to Nothing is an excellent record, but no better or worse than its predecessor. It’s just different".[18] 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] Rockfeedback journalist Liane Escorza described the album as one, "to play loud and proud, classically melding extreme textures across its dynamics, lyrics and melodies." She awarded 4 stars out of 5 and added, "Mean Everything To Nothing is a true work of bravery".[17] 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 Media. 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".[19] 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.[20]

Track listings[edit]


All tracks written by Andy Hull [22].

No. Title Length
1. "The Only One" 2:39
2. "Shake it Out" 5:11
3. "I've Got Friends" 4:57
4. "Pride" 5:47
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 April 18, 2009
Genre Indie rock
Length 17:24
Label Favorite Gentlemen

Fourteen Years Of Excellence is the fourth EP released by the band Manchester Orchestra, available on April 18, 2009[23] 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]

No. Title Length
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". Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  7. ^ a b Jason Tate. "Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  8. ^ Tim DiGravina. "allmusic ((( Mean Everything to Nothing > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Rankin, Dan (15 April 2009). "Album Reviews – 15/4/09". Blare. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Brian Linder. "Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing Review. Atlanta indie rockers explode with sophomore release.". IGN. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  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. ^ Eric Harvey. "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Manchester Orchestra: Mean Everything to Nothing". Pitchfork Media Inc. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  16. ^ a b "Mean Everything to Nothing". Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  17. ^ a b Liane Escorza. "Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything To Nothing (Sony)". Rockfeedback. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  18. ^ a b Matt Wolfe. "MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA: MEAN EVERYTHING TO NOTHING". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  19. ^ Eric Harvey. "Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  20. ^ Q (Magazine) June 2009, p.134 -- 2 stars out of 5 -- "Their second album is suitably heavy on post-adolescent angst but, for all frontman Andy Hull's best efforts, singularly lacking its own voice."
  21. ^ a b Mean Everything To Nothing (CD). Manchester Orchestra. Favorite Gentlemen/Canvasback. 2009. 88697359342. 
  22. ^ BMI Entry
  23. ^ Release info

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