• Record Label: Cascine
  • Release Date: Oct 30, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Nov 26, 2012
    The production is highly polished and everything appears to be utterly disposable.
  2. Q Magazine
    Nov 21, 2012
    Compared with the clever appropriations of others who share his historical interests Manual veers close to pastiche. [Dec 2012, p.101]
  3. Nov 21, 2012
    It is gloss and fluff masquerading as euphoric heartbreak. It makes Savage Garden sound like Leonard Cohen.
  4. 50
    Disappointingly, given his previous sterling output, this is a pretty boneless pastiche of the genre.
  5. Nov 16, 2012
    Surrounding himself with talent that far surpasses his own doesn't hide the weakness of many of these tracks.
  6. Nov 16, 2012
    Like Within and Without, it's no overhaul, but Young Hunger has a much more immediate presence, more direct in both a melodic and emotional sense and generally with a lot more 'oomph'.
  7. Nov 15, 2012
    For the most part this album, while as slickly produced as the classic pop it references, only faintly smoulders without igniting.

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