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Man Alive!

King Krule

Man Alive!

Fourth album under the King Krule moniker from Archy Marshall, the indie trip-hop singer-songwriter

ADM rating[?]

7.1

Label
XL
UK Release date
21/02/2020
US Release date
21/02/2020
  1. 8.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    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
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  2. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    The album takes hold of the most surreal, dreamlike, and dimly lit parts of your mind and refuses to ease its grip until the final seconds of closing statement Please Complete Thee, Alive!’s most delicate moment
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  3. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    You have to lean into Man Alive! to receive its message; it won’t come to you, but what lies in wait if you do is the dark, harsh truth. King Krule is one of the few artists ready to stare it in the eye
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  4. 8.0 |   The Music

    dials up the cynicism and expands the space around his musings so he can speak more directly about his bleak experiences while tempering them with loping but pretty melodies
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    Fresh from escaping London and becoming a father, a renewed and refreshed Archy Marshall has produced the most uplifting King Krule album yet
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  6. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    If previous King Krule efforts could be accused of sad-boy narcissism, Man Alive! shows that Marshall's gaze has never been entirely directed at his own navel. Despair is still there in his songwriting, but so is the capacity for change
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  7. 8.0 |   Crack

    Dive into Man Alive! at your own peril. Marshall wields chaos in the palm of his hand, melding together a powerful concoction of garage rock, hip-hop, jazz and all the influences that once inspired London multi-instrumentalist Tom Vek.
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  8. 8.0 |   Clash

    ‘Man Alive!’ is an absorbing consolidation of Marshall’s inimitable sound
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  9. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    It really is an excellent record and one that will speak to Marshall's fans and detractors alike
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    While nothing here has the agitated vigor of the previous LP's "Dum Surfer" or "Emergency Blimp," there are a couple oddball narrative ragers
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  11. 8.0 |   Q

    Marshall sounds at peace here, and back to his best. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Like its predecessors, Man Alive! was recorded at night, and it swims languorously with romance and tenderness, deftly pulling sonics from jazz, post-punk, soul and dubstep
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  13. 7.9 |   Paste Magazine

    Archy Marshall’s third album as King Krule would make a cubist proud
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  14. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    The lanky London outlaw with cement-mixer lungs delivers his most anguished album yet, in which impending fatherhood collides with his habitual torments
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  15. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A compelling portrait of an artist caught between youthful heartache and adult devotion
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  16. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Definitely the start of something new for King Krule as a project
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  17. 6.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    There is certainly less filler here than on previous albums, but there are still points which feel a little dull or repetitious, as on "Slinky" and "Theme for the Cross"
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  18. 6.5 |   Northern Transmission

    It feels less of an album of fully formed material and more like a collection of unreleased B- sides, demos and rarities
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  19. 6.0 |   DIY

    The work of an artist in transition
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  20. 6.0 |   music OMH

    For someone as forward-thinking and experimental, playful and funny as King Krule, Man Alive! is just too dull of a work to celebrate
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  21. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Lush as it sometimes is, too often disappears into an indecipherable cloud of smoke. Print edition only

  22. 6.0 |   Mojo

    If Man Alive! treads a post-Ooz water, it's deep enough not to matter. Print edition only

  23. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Marshall’s last record The Ooz was criticised for being too long. Man Alive! is leaner — at 40 minutes, it’s his shortest album — but it could be trimmed further still, leaving fewer ambles and more of that sullen intensity
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  24. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    The south Londoner’s third album offers flashes of brilliance but is weighed down by a tone of gravelly gloom
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