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  • Summary: Producer Mike Mogis helped tighten the sound on the Philadelphia quartet's fourth full-length release.
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  • Record Label: Anti / Epitaph
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock
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Piranhas Club
Throw me to piranhas, if you wont be with me Feed me to koalas, if you wont be with me I'm not a barracuda, even though I flash the teeth Throw me to... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
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  1. As a whole, Life Fantastic is the band's most accessible album yet, full of memorable hooks while retaining the eccentricity and theatricality that have become synonymous with the band.
  2. May 10, 2011
    Man Man has an image to uphold, and it does that while refining its focus. The group has moved forward conceptually but at times still sounds like the trained animals and clowns from the circus that ambushed the orchestral pit, and that's just fine.
  3. Uncut
    May 13, 2011
    This is the sound of a valuable, extravagantly vital band in full swing. [Jun 2011, p.91]
  4. May 10, 2011
    While Honus continues to prove himself one of rock's best working lyricists, Life Fantastic contains as many musically compelling moments as Rabbit Habits and Six Demon Bag.
  5. May 18, 2011
    Such digressions into insanity may not be the choice way for everyone to unwind, but again, it's a Philly thing. Life Fantastic should make some locals proud.
  6. May 11, 2011
    Life Fantastic deemphasizes their goof a bit. The record restricts their trademark eclecticism into what is probably their most self-contained album thus far.
  7. Jun 14, 2011
    Life Fantastic rolls along with signature Man Man sounds and forms, which is to say, a carnival of sorts. Part gypsy, part rock, slightly crazed.

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