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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: 14 out of 20
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  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. 67
    Divorced from Marshall’s self-set high standards, the record contains a compelling portrait of an artist caught mid-evolution, and its most intriguing moments are worth putting up with its less-successful experiments.
  6. Feb 25, 2020
    60
    Marshall is an artist who will work in any genre and his art digs into his psyche yet the end result can be just as messy as most psyches are. Man Alive! is far from a celebration, it sounds transitional casting a wide net unsurely searching and grasping for what is coming next.
  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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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