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  • Summary: The third full-length release for Archy Marshall as King Krule was inspired in part in his move away from London.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Mar 25, 2020
    85
    With true, human conflict between happiness and sadness on full display, Man Alive! is unequivocally King Krule’s, or better yet, Archy Marshall’s most sobering work yet.
  2. Feb 21, 2020
    80
    A something-for-everyone record that doesn't sacrifice any of its alternative, underground edge in the process is something that very few artists of Marshall's mould could pull off. And yet, on Man Alive!, a record that gets better with each passing listen, he has been able to quite comfortable achieve this.
  3. Feb 24, 2020
    80
    The final refrain of “please complete me” carries a powerful sense of hope – an end befitting an album that finds King Krule hitting a new stride.
  4. Feb 20, 2020
    77
    Holding to Marshall’s wavelength requires a little more investment than the dingy music asks for, but that’s not to say his shadowland of the heart lacks nuance.
  5. May 27, 2020
    70
    Marshall's lyricism remains beautifully inscrutable and passionate in equal measure. His go-to metaphors of sinking, floating, and dreaming are dispersed throughout tales of failed romance and urban malaise. After the album's first stretch of immediate standalone tracks, Man Alive! settles into a cinematic groove where the song arrangements are as nebulous as the lyrics and Marshall's toasty cigarette-burn vocals.
  6. 65
    There is certainly less filler here than on previous albums, but there are still points which feel a little dull or repetitious.
  7. Feb 21, 2020
    40
    Marshall remains an unequivocally talented, trailblazing artist but this album’s bagginess and unremitting gloom mean it often struggles to hold the attention and unfortunately lacks much discernible appeal at all.

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  1. Feb 21, 2020
    10
    Gorgeous album, I see this becoming one of my all time favourites, it’s so raw and honest. There’s a lot of different sounds and it just allGorgeous album, I see this becoming one of my all time favourites, it’s so raw and honest. There’s a lot of different sounds and it just all works so well as a complete album, it flies by and feels like an emotional trip into the mind and life of king krule, who is arguably the UK’s best artist right now. Expand
  2. Apr 3, 2020
    9
    ____ Strange, psychedelic, dirty, rude in places, and in places - as if stroking velvet.
    " I just love the theater of music ... "- says this
    ____ Strange, psychedelic, dirty, rude in places, and in places - as if stroking velvet.
    " I just love the theater of music ... "- says this red-haired lanky guy. And indeed - this recording is immersed in itself, like a good theatrical performance.
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    ____ Musical styles are like bright beads strung on a string of a buzzing bass guitar, and the album keeps you in suspense for 40 minutes, making you listen to the nuances and a secondary line of sounds. The range of emotions on the album ranges from the mood of a bold anarchist to a dull and desperate person ... Very eclectic and even unique.
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  3. Sep 3, 2020
    9
    As a casual fan of King Krule (Archy), I found this to be my favorite of his LPs. This might because I wasn't listening in 2013, 2015, 2017.As a casual fan of King Krule (Archy), I found this to be my favorite of his LPs. This might because I wasn't listening in 2013, 2015, 2017. Regardless of which album is your favorite this is worth the listen. Expand
  4. Feb 21, 2020
    8
    "Man Alive!" soa experimental como o "The Ooz". Krule traz sua voz suavemente forte mais presente dessa vez. utilizando do seu referencial de"Man Alive!" soa experimental como o "The Ooz". Krule traz sua voz suavemente forte mais presente dessa vez. utilizando do seu referencial de jazz e post-punk, ele faz tudo se encaixar perfeitamente com a atmosfera criada pelo rock, letras inteligentes mostram que o cantor, compositor e produtor vem se superando em seus trabalhos. o que mais me chamou a atenção nesse álbum foi a transição entre algumas faixas fazendo parecer ser uma unica musica. bom, mais uma vez estou apaixonado pelo trabalho do King Krule que faz tudo com uma maestria impecável.

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  5. Feb 22, 2020
    8
    While Man Alive! doesn’t reach the same heights as The Ooz, Marshall’s gritty and mostly subdued album still delivers some exceptional tracksWhile Man Alive! doesn’t reach the same heights as The Ooz, Marshall’s gritty and mostly subdued album still delivers some exceptional tracks and a moving listening experience. The first half of the album is almost flawless, but tracks like Underclass and Please Complete Thee drag the latter half down. The highlights are numerous, but to name a few I would mention Cellular, Perfecto Miserable and Slinky, while Alone, Omen 3 might just be Marshall’s greatest song yet. Expand
  6. Mar 30, 2020
    8
    ( 83/100 )

    La energía depresiva, la pesades reflexiva y la observación hipnótica son algunos de las tentaciones que muy bien se aprecian en
    ( 83/100 )

    La energía depresiva, la pesades reflexiva y la observación hipnótica son algunos de las tentaciones que muy bien se aprecian en "Man Alive!". Producido por Archy Marshall y Dill Harris, este Slow Rock se distingue por apelar al lado Lo-Fi del Punk decorado con mucho Aesthetic que simplemente le da un sabor de Jazz Punk a todo este menjurje de guitarras, voces y composiciones. Un proyecto muy bien logrado que los amantes de la corriente VHS juvenil y el Ghotic HipHop como los Skaters y los jóvenes Dealers apreciarán. Fuera de ello, cualquier persona que recorra los suburbios de la ciudad en transporte público, encontrará un genial morfina de emociones en este álbum. "Man Alive!" es el placebo que muchos necesitamos para el dolor normalizado.
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    The depressive energy, the heavy reflection, and the hypnotic observation are some of the temptations that are well appreciated in "Man Alive!". Produced by Archy Marshall and Dill Harris, this Slow-Rock is distinguished by its appeal to the Lo-Fi side of Punk decorated with a lot of Aesthetics that simply give a lot of Jazz-Punk flavor to all of this jumble of guitars, voices, and compositions. A very well made project that the lovers of the young VHS wave and the Gothic Hip-Hop like Skaters and young Dealers will thank. Outside of that, any person that travels a lot in the suburbs in public transport will find a great morphine of emotions in this album. "Man Alive!" is the placebo that many of us needs for the normalized pain.
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  7. Feb 25, 2020
    8
    The most cohesive project under the King Krule name so far. It takes a few listens to really get to the core of how this album operates. ItThe most cohesive project under the King Krule name so far. It takes a few listens to really get to the core of how this album operates. It takes what made The OOZ so great and really sharpens it out. Also the most hopeful Krule album yet as it ends with one of Archy's most disarming performances. It's not a return to the sharp songwriting found on the highs of 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, but rather it trudges through The OOZ's rough aesthetic to reveal a more rewarding long game,
    HIGHLIGHTS: Please Complete Me (especially in context of record as closer), STONED AGAIN, CELLULAR, UNDERCLASS, ALONE,OMEN 3, (DON'T LET THE DRAGON) DRAAG ON.
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