Man Alive!

King Krule - Man Alive!
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #56 / 81
User Score
Based on 169 ratings
2020 Ratings: #3
February 21, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
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.

80
NME

The Krulean gloom is beginning to lift and, with this newfound paternal responsibility and a more optimistic worldview in place, Marshall’s creativity is shining for all the world to see.

80
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.

80
Clash

‘Man Alive!’ is an absorbing consolidation of Marshall’s inimitable sound.

80
Under The Radar

It really is an excellent record and one that will speak to Marshall's fans and detractors alike.

80
Crack Magazine

A collection of doomed compositions that push that distinctive voice front and centre. This is soul music – that is, music for marching souls off to Hades.

79
Paste

Each previous album over-committed to their individual soundscape, but the coherence of and play between all of King Krule’s styles on Man Alive! would make a cubist proud.

77
Pitchfork

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

65
The Line of Best Fit

Despite snatches of the more conventional songwriting style of old, the dirge doesn’t really leave the record at any point.

65
Northern Transmissions

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

60
DIY

Ultimately, ‘Man Alive!’ feels like the work of an artist in transition: a handful of stunning tracks surrounded by some backfiring experiments.

40
The Guardian

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

KengojiUltamYT
100
We meet again Mr. Krule!

I practically have no issues with The OOZ. It's one of the most immersive albums of the 2010s. The OOZ's murky and nearly uncanny atmosphere is too much to bear at points. From the incredible opener "Biscuit Town" to the gorgeous closer "La Lune", The OOZ made me lose it. I swear I was crying my eyes out and writing a suicide note in sign language during my first listen. How in any universe could he top it? Well, he did and with flying faded ... read more
TreyLikesBands
95
Amazing

The idea of existentialism is a philosophical tradition that fully focuses on the human experience as an individual, showing how thinking isn’t the only way existence in ourselves takes hold - but acting, feeling, and living as a human individual. King Krule’s newest record “Man Alive!” takes on these ideas through a dark and twisted look at human society through the eyes of an everyman.

The album’s opener and third, final single “Cellular” ... read more
RakkSmells
95
HOLY CRAP. THIS IS ACTUALLY SO GOOD. I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!

I haven't listened to too much of King Krule's music before this, so after hearing the singles I didn't know what to expect an awful lot, but what I instead got was one of the most atmospheric, haunting and beautifully crafted art rock albums of this entire year. I just completely sunk into the sound of this album as every track had a detail I loved, and the transitions between tracks were just incredible. It turns out, in the ... read more
MasterCrackfox
84
What a great week for music.

One of the most frequent complaints I can think of from King Krule's previous outing, The OOZ, is the issue of the album feeling bloated. Coming in at over an hour of playtime and sometimes lacking in variation, the album seemed to be detracted by this slight. In contrast, Man Alive! seems to be a much more centered and focused release by Archy Marshall. At a slimmer 41 minutes, songs across the album don't get lost in the shuffle in the same way that they did on ... read more
Jaronmeister
94
Listening to the evolution he made from '6 Feet...' to 'The OOZ', it was only a matter of time before Archy's entrancing soundscapes completely took centre stage on one of his albums. He completes that transition here, placing even more emphasis on atmosphere, though he somehow manages to throw in some of his most vocally present songs at the front of the album. In doing so, the most important ginger in our contemporary musical landscape craftily adds his third crucial chapter to the book of ... read more
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Track List

  1. Cellular
  2. Supermarché
  3. Stoned Again
  4. Comet Face
  5. The Dream
  6. Perfecto Miserable
  7. Alone, Omen 3
  8. Slinky
  9. Airport Antenatal Airplane
  10. (Don't Let the Dragon) Draag On
  11. Theme for the Cross
  12. Underclass
  13. Energy Fleets
  14. Please Complete Thee
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