On Oni Pond - Man Man
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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Philadelphia-based experimental rock band was produced by Mike Mogis.
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. 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]
  3. 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.
  4. 70
    Man Man are still digging around in a diverse bag of influences. Fortunately, they keep pulling out winners. [Sep 2013, p.90]
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  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 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!!! Collapse