On Oni Pond - Man Man
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Sep 10, 2013
    83
    The album shrewdly brings order to the disorder, without streamlining away the band’s agreeably quirky identity.
  2. 80
    Ultimately, you’ll get as much out of On Oni Pond as you put in; you might find yourself putting it on as background music, then letting other tasks fall by the wayside as you try to decipher how these little ditties pack so much punch.
  3. Sep 3, 2013
    80
    It's poppier than ever before, with big hooks played with funk and bossa nova fills, fat Balkan brass and imaginative lyrics full of bug-eyed images. [Oct 2013, p.71]
  4. Sep 3, 2013
    80
    The most enjoyable weird record of its career. [No. 101, p.52]
  5. Sep 19, 2013
    74
    On his band’s fifth album, On Oni Pond, the experimental-rock showman sharpens his Frankenstein mash of genres down to a gleaming point and plunges it deep into his carotid artery.
  6. Sep 17, 2013
    71
    Man Man have crafted an album here that, without betraying their old fans, makes their music accessible to a wider audience.
  7. Sep 3, 2013
    70
    Sure, the album treads little new ground, but this is a band that's done more than enough boundary-pushing in its lifetime to earn a little slack. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.92]
  8. 70
    Man Man are still digging around in a diverse bag of influences. Fortunately, they keep pulling out winners. [Sep 2013, p.90]
  9. Sep 10, 2013
    64
    So while softer and more empathetic the band isn’t quite tamed yet; On Oni Pond is a Man Man album through and through, delivering an occasionally bizarre and fantastical look at the very real human condition.
  10. Oct 2, 2013
    60
    On Oni Pond, their fifth, is quite possibly the closest they will ever come to being considered de-cluttered.
  11. Sep 9, 2013
    60
    Maturity suits the group, and "Pink Wonton," "Sparks," "Paul's Grotesque," and "Head On" have all the makings of breakout singles with their fun, memorable choruses and subtle yet clever musicianship.
  12. Sep 13, 2013
    50
    in the end, most of it turns out hypo-real, turns out less enticing and engaging than its eroding object, and this more than anything else is what makes On Oni Pond such a disappointment.
  13. Sep 6, 2013
    40
    Each album in the band's discography has benefitted from a sense of chaos, an always-looming and welcome threat that things could come unhinged at any moment. The uninspired and wearisome On Oni Pond never creates such tension.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 22, 2013
    8
    This is more of what the new Arctic Monkey's new album should sound like. Man Man are maturing, well, into manhood. People grow and change asThis is more of what the new Arctic Monkey's new album should sound like. Man Man are maturing, well, into manhood. People grow and change as the years go on and it would be silly to ask Man Man to make another Rabbits Habit. This is a very good album. Treat yourself to it!!! Full Review »