Man-Made - Teenage Fanclub
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  • Summary: The first studio album in five years for the Scottish rockers was produced by Tortoise's John McEntire.
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Here is an album with all-new complexity, unforseen depth and many delightful hidden layers.
  2. 80
    The harmonies resonate and the melodies hook into your skull. [Jul/Aug 2005, p.109]
  3. Man-Made has just as many buzzy electric guitars and bashing drums as other Teenage Fanclub records, but they're mixed into something softer and more pillowy.
  4. You may need to spend a little more time getting to know the Fanclub these days, but without any clutter you get closer, deeper, right to the very heart of it all - emotionally and musically.
  5. 78
    They've certainly found a solid niche with the Big Star/Byrds bubble and pop. [#16, p.91]
  6. Eerie and lovely, this is the sound of a band that's managed to mature with dark dignity.
  7. A little too straight--a little too synthetic--to be truly memorable. [#10, p.114]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. JPNesker
    Dec 30, 2005
    10
    This record makes my top 3 of 2005, along with "Plans" by Death Cab, "Some Cities" by doves, and "Illinoise" by Sufjan Stevens...anyone who isn't moved by the peerless pop genius of Norman, Raymond, and Gerald has no musical soul...nuff said. Expand
  2. Rob
    Jun 8, 2005
    9
    Another Fanclub classic in the making. It's a real grower, after a few listens you won't be able to prize it from you cd player. Lovely stuff. Expand
  3. JeffK
    Jun 23, 2005
    9
    Big improvement from Howdy
  4. JeremyK
    Aug 9, 2005
    9
    A very mature, unpretentious recording from the most underappreciated band around today (that I know of). Their arrangements, both melodically and rhythmically are a refreshing lift from the predictable pop/rock variaton - and they don't ask -or plead - as some bands do, to be worshipped by their listenership. Light fare, fantastic stuff enveloped with the innate knowledge that real, lasting power and beauty lie in subtlety and understatement - not catch phrases, sound bites or overzealous "anthems". This album is an indication that they march on with pride of artisanship in tact - unwaveringly true to themselves as a musical entity that continues to levitate in its own space. Expand
  5. Dec 3, 2013
    9
    Love the songs 'Cells' and 'It's All In My Mind'. Very nice writing all around, and John McEntire does a great job producing. There aren't many bands making music this melodic these days. Expand
  6. matta
    Jul 20, 2005
    8
    All around solid pop/british rock. Nothing that's going to change the music industry, but good nonetheless.
  7. AlanS
    Jun 7, 2005
    3
    I rated the prior album "Howdy" a '4' because I thought it was boring and lacking energy. Well, these guys have succeeded in making "Howdy, Part II" Time to go to bed now; good night. Expand

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