Up In Flames - Manitoba
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  • Summary: The second LP from Canadian electronic artist Dan Snaith is more song-oriented (and quite a bit more psychedelic) than efforts from similar artists, with Snaith even providing vocals on some tracks.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. There hasn't been a song-oriented psychedelic album that's had this sort of life-affirming, full-bodied roar since Mercury Rev's 1993 classic, Boces. [June 2003, p.110]
  2. Up In Flames is a record in love with music made by a music lover, futurepsychenoisebeatpop that reaffirms how much fun music can and ought to be.
  3. These laptop-pop fractals... deliver spectacular hip-hop drum breaks and the sort of mile-deep multi-tracking that makes digital technology so much fun. [Listen 2 This supplement, Apr 2003, p.12]
  4. Once again, Snaith has surprised just about everyone, and Up In Flames will likely go down as one of my favorite albums of the year.
  5. Though Manitoba's constructions are joyously slap-dash and defiantly experimental, he still manages to lure the listener in with woozy melodies and strangely beguiling textures.
  6. 80
    Laptop pop that shimmers, shakes and twists like the precocious child of Aphex Twin, Spiritualized and the Beatles. [Aug 2003, p.89]
  7. Most tracks follow a simple formula: the vocal from Don't Stop by the Stone Roses + layers of chimes + dog barks + crashing drums = mess. [Jun 2003, p.100]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. JMancine
    Apr 16, 2003
    Addictive. It deserves nothing less then a ten.
  2. Feb 8, 2011
    This album is absolutely phenomenal. Impossible to over rate. continues to be an explosive and inspiring force year after year after year. The sequence of Bjioux-Twins-Kid You'll Move Mountains is a pinnacle of organic electronic music. Any honest music lover can appreciate and love this album. I also Highly recommend the EP Hendrix with KO and Andorra Collapse
  3. AlexanderJ
    Apr 19, 2003
    I can't believe a work of such startling originality and beauty can be broadcast to the world from the tiny hamlet of Dundas, Ontario. Makes me be proud to be a Canadian. Essential listening. Expand
  4. Matt
    Apr 20, 2006
    anyone who calls this overrated, horrible, etc, is surely a soulless golem sent to destroy us all. Rarely is music so utterly transcendant that it's no longer just sound waves coming through electronic devices into your ears, it's pure beauty and feeling that nourishes your soul. Or, get this album right now. Expand
  5. SimonG
    Jan 11, 2007
    This is music that makes me feel 25 years younger. An ambient masterpiece, every time I listen to this I hear something new. Made by someone who loves making music, (especially the drummer who is a constant source of musical fun). Probably my best accidental find (of anything) ever. I'm obliged to vote to cancel out Ronnie C's vote of 3. Expand
  6. wo
    Jun 29, 2004
    I've had this album for about a year now and I finally got to see Manitoba live tonight. The show was amazing and proved that the complexity of the album could be translated into an energetic live performance. Expand
  7. RonnieC
    Jun 26, 2003
    this cd is so utterly overated it leaves me befuddled why it is so acclaimed. this cd is horrible, i literally laugh when i listen to this. Spend your hard-earned money on Four Tet's "Rounds" instead if you want some illmatic, listenable electronic music Expand

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