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Review: Right Away, Great Captain!, ‘The Church of the Good Thief’


Rarely does an album review require a spoiler alert.

But the plotline of the finale of the Right Away, Great Captain! trilogy is potentially of more interest to some fans than the music. Manchester Orchestra majordomo Andy Hull first introduced the central character—a 17th century sailor who catches his wife in bed with his brother—in 2007’s minimalistic The Bitter End. The Church Of The Good Thief picks up after the implied murderous cliffhanger of 2008’s eclectic The Eventually Home, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be lost if this is your entry into the series. Hull’s ethereal lyricism is simultaneously specific and symbolic, setting scenes deep within the RAGC mythology but still lending phrases to personal interpretation.

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