(editor’s note: day 100 in a row! Thanks for reading. Should be a treat these next 265 days.)
Do you like Andy Hull or sugar?
Do you like breathing or beards or Manchester Orchestra?
Too bad, you like all of those things.
The relentless and prolific Hull fronts both the aforementioned Orchestra as well as Bad Books, splitting duties with Kevin Devine. Somehow in his spare free time, he manages to record under the moniker of Right Away, Great Captain!
The Eventually Home is the second entry in a trilogy that centers around a 17th-century sailor walking in on his wife committing adultery – with his own brother. As a concept record, it’s important to keep the thematic matter in mind throughout. With nearly 40 songs in the three records alone (more if you count the mini-release The Lost Sea, something of an epilogue for the series), there’s a lot to digest here.
I’m of the belief that this album, the middle of the story, is the best of its brethren. The first two tracks alone are enough to snag and hook a new listener, or confirm the goodness for a skeptical fan of the first album The Bitter End.
I know that if I delve too far into the lyrics of the record, I risk spoiling the story. It’s worth noting though, that the act of adultery and the fallout does take place somewhere within these two tracks. It’s the thrilling “middle chunk” of a movie.
Most frustrating fact about the series? It took 6 years to complete – but the first two albums were released only 2 years apart. This album came out in 2008, a full four years prior to the conclusion, The Church of the Good Thief.
Hull’s work here is at times delicate guitar strumming juxtaposed by angsty, almost violent rashes. It’s the type of technique that has proven to work with Manchester Orchestra, and Hull has adapted it in a dark way to work here.
On “Cutting off the Blood to the Ten,” Hull describes the anger the sailor feels after finding his wife in the throes with his brother. It’s a poignant, humanizing moment. Even though this was written for a time period hundreds of years ago, these types of things still happen to this very day, so it’s easily relatable.
The album is at its most brooding on “I Am a Vampire” – a haunting dirge befitting of any Stoker-esque film. Hard to believe that’s the same dude for writing “Pensacola” on the latest ManOrch release.
From his brilliant release The Eventually Home, this is Andy Hull as Right Away, Great Captain! with “Down to Your Soul” –
Standout tracks: “I Was A Cage” and “Father Brian Finn”
Weakest track: Not much to find fault with here, though “Cutting off the Blood to the Ten”
RIYL: Singer-songwriters, acoustic-driven story-based tunes. Think Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, etc.