King Krule - Man Alive!
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WhatTheFunk
81
King Krule, Poet of Ashes.

A hoarse voice to wake the dead, a crazy saxophonist and some guitar chords that reverberate in the mist, a voice that lulled many of my insomniac nights. King Krule slowly chewed low, whispered lyrics, close to my ear, echoing like a tormenting spirit that came to haunt my soul and drive out my deepest demons. At the age of 25, the London-based artist releases his fourth album, which I've been waiting for impatiently since the excellent "The Ooz". ... read more
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
94
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
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
RakkSmells
93
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
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
dearsongs
73
I'm not huge on King Krule to this point, but I am intrigued by him. I do think "Dum Surfer" and "Half Man Half Shark" are absolute top notch songs.

This new one starts off promising enough, the first 4 songs are actually fairly enjoyable. Then comes "The Dream" interlude and most everything just gets real darn murky from there on out (9-11 are especially oppressive). I like the overall down (down down) tempos just fine, but the vibe can be stifling after a while. ... read more
Doublez
82
Man Alive! is equal in size to his previous albums, and that's a very, very rare fact at the moment! I love that feeling when you listen to a prodigious artist and you know you're going to have a warm, wonderful time where you're going to love discovering what's hiding and then covering it up again and again. There is always something intense and unique about King Krule's music. He transports us into his always very intimate universe, at the same time oppressive and anxiety-provoking, as if we ... read more
snowman
87
King Krule is back with another full length and it finds Archie in a much more confident and self assured tone. The Ooz was a solid yet bloated album and this feels much more concise and cohesive. The usual lofi sadboi indie vibes here but there are bits of jazz and post punk also present. The songwriting is a step above The Ooz and the gloomy atmosphere is still present. This is some of Archie's best work and one of the best of 2020 so far.
What a great album cover...
KIDWITHGUNs
79
GREAT!

King Krule has released an album that could be considered his most "hypnotizing" since "6 Feet Beneath The Moon", and this year's "Man Alive!" puts listeners to the test as he describes the torments of his youth as an older human being, this album is a conglomerate of things he had written about since he was a young man... but now it's draped from a new and more experienced perspective.

And it's a damn good record.

Frankly, there hasn't been a stronger ... read more
DCCXX
80
Through Man Alive!, King Krule's melancholic melodies, intruguing vocal inflections, and crunchy, shoegaze-esque guitar passages all coalesce into a psychedelic, pseudo-punk meditation on one's own youth, love, and pure emotion. These short, but nonetheless pensive cuts often build to loud, cacophanous instrumental breakdowns, such as stand-out track Slinky, which ends in a delighfully off-kilter, almost garage rock deconstruction. Aside from these multi-faceted instrumentals, the real ... read more
TommyCook
47
I found the majority of this to be pretty dull. Nothing is particularly bad, it just wasn’t very engaging. The parts I did like were mainly when the instrumentation took a foothold. The vocals were painful at times. Idk. I can see the appeal but I just didn’t really care much for it.
Plats
94
[Sorry if this review is messy]

I haven't listened to King Krule's discog yet, but "Man Alive!" gives me more reason to take a shot! This is a beautiful, chilling and hypnotic effort from the project. It's also atmospheric for an art rock album and there's an admirable attention to detail on every single goddamn track! Archy's songwriting is also a high-point for this project and his vocals fit in with the atmosphere perfectly. Overall, I never expected to enjoy "Man ... read more
_zeltrxn17
78
UPDATE: Some of the shorter songs have begun to grow on me a bit. I would've preferred the tracks to be longer so their vibe sticks and leave with a more notable mark, but i can say I'm satisfied with this, amd I'm looking forward to whay this dude has to offer.

King Krule goes acid rock.

I've never listened to this dude before, so I had no idea what to expect. I was going to let this album fly under my radar if not for the great reception so far.

While this album in my ears isn't as amazing ... read more
Doofy
72
All his stuff is starting to sound the same, like one big ol' long smoke exhalation hanging in the frosty Spring air.

How long can he feed himself based on having a cool musical aesthetic? Ask Joe Public.

Anyway he's super skinny, can probably subsist on 1200 calories a day.
WildChameleon
71
I know that this album was so waited ... but come one ! This is rock B-sides from The OOZ.

There are many problems with man alive ! His vocals are litteraly swallowed in the lo-fi treatment. While his voice is not his strongest power, it makes the lyrics and the flow of the tracks difficult to catch. Many songs sound pretty similar as he sets this bad mood atmosphere everywhere. We can criticize the fact that The OOZ was too bloated but here it doesn't seem that any tracks are reaching the ... read more
MickyT
64
Am I missing something or was this supposed to keep me interested?
dumbmoonlight
75
What's with critics these days? Gosh...
Tielur
65
Marshalls approach to his style is commendable, and its what brands him as an artist of his own. You know its Krule by the voice or the shoegaze blues that carrys his tiresome voice over sorrowful tracks of dispair and regret. But does it keep us on our toes? Maybe for some, but not me. I enjoyed "The OOZ" until it faded off as just being barebones to me, even though I still find some of it enjoyable til this day. Here we get a somewhat more consistent project with unmemorable songs ... read more
laz456
80
I'm a bit surprised that King Krule is getting this abstract and gloomy, but the further he goes down this trail the more I'm enjoying his work. This is the Some Rap Songs of post-punk. It's certainly patience-testing, and not something I'm always gonna be in the mood for, but I think this guy deserves massive kudos for writing the kind of music he wants and not trying to appeal to mainstream audiences. And it's not just artsy for the sake of it- these are genuine songs, with compelling ... read more
wainotwhy
40
if the guy never opened his mouth this would actually be a pretty good album
Space Vacation
NR
This review will be overwritten very soon but I wanted to put forth how happy AOTY has made me this past week...

Thank you so much everyone for the positive reaction to my Grimes review and all the new followers I received because of it.
I promise that I'm constantly listening to music and in spite of my shitty brain will be doling out more ratings and reviews VERY soon!

We're currently in a huge upswing-- what would usually be an under appreciated era in music is some how flourishing and I ... read more
zeltyy
84
Warning: rushed review I did on a phone.

King Krule has a special place in my heart as a person who’s soundtracked most of my feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression. his music is honestly a vibe, it doesn’t try to intrigue you, it indulges you through its mellow and smooth music. the ooz was a significant sonic achievement, blending jazz and art rock to create one of the most mesmerising albums to date. personally one of my 3 tens

but we ain’t here to talk about ... read more
Collin
80
After going back and listening to Archy’s past work, I can confirm that this album is great and his best album yet.
Aoaystheory
81
Album of the Week: 2-24-20

King Krule continues his reign with another excellent release! This times it's a little less gloomy and a little more punchy, making this his most accessible record yet!
MinatoArisato
85
Shockingly brilliant, "Man Alive!" feels like the more refined and focused brother of "The OOZ". This is definitely Marshall's best work yet. The atmosphere here is just so thick and enveloping, Marshall's vocals and lyrics give this project such a cold and isolated vibe. The instrumentation on here is subtle yet captivating, I really love a lot of the tones and textures on here. This is an incredible release and I can already see this being one of my top albums of ... read more
thomasuic
86
Mesmerizing, atmospheric record. This album is an experience, Archy takes us into his own realm filled with drug abuse, childhood trauma, suicidal thoughts, depression, loneliness and genuine lost love. Perfect poetic storytelling describing how the artist is the dealing with all of the above. This album is a gate wide open into Archy's life, his life in London a big metropolitan city (Deep in the Metropole from the song Alone, Omen 3) a city he made his home, although it may have been the type ... read more
luwi
75
something something we gon make em kill themselves with this one
currysafe
100
oh shit
holsgr
39
( ☆½ ) — uncomfortably deficient
Xristoula
80
This is the only album i actually love by King Krule.Mixing of sounds and vocals on point.The first half of this album is aggressive, in a very cool way and the second half is an inside battle.
winitheju
64
I still just can't get there with King Krule
sanfordfriedman
90
As with a lot of my reviews on here, I'm going to preface this by stating that I have never heard a King Krule album or even a King Krule song for that matter. I heard a little snippet of one, said I didn't like Archy's voice, and moved on.

Oh boy was I wrong about him.

This album is a journey. It guides you through shadowy passages, down moody pathways, and emerges into the kind of dark beauty that most artists could barely dream of capturing into a piece of art. Even those who do manage to ... read more
NothingToDoubt
89
Para mí, este es un proyecto realmente interesante. Marshall ha logrado canciones realmente hermosas e introspectivas, letras interesantes, música pesada con pasajes psicodélicos y dulces, y su voz siempre soñadora es un complemento perfecto. Me recuerda que no sé por qué, dos álbumes en particular. El álbum "Faith" de The Cure y el álbum "Portishead" de Portishead

Traduction:

For me, this is a really ... read more
altplusmusic
81
Archy Ivan Marshall moves his King Krule project into a more open and sincere representation of himself and society on Man Alive! This LP is a lot more raw and specific than his previous works, with compelling lyrical work and down to earth themes, leaving vivid imagery to the mind. The production is well done, where each single instrumental gets to shine. What I might like the most about Man Alive! is how Archy conveys his emotions through the range of power in his voice, from soft to ... read more
HoodieBraden
79
I wasn't a big fan of either of King Krule's previous albums. I'm not entirely sure why, they just didn't possess the right energy that I was expecting. I found myself nodding off and becoming unattentive at times because Marshall's voice wasn't holding my interest very well. So, walking into this new album, I expected better from him. And something better is what I got! I enjoyed 'Man Alive!'. It came off as very intricate and diverse in its styles and instrumentation. In my opinion, though, ... read more
Abbreviated
93
I will admit, I'm a little biased. This has come out on my 20th birthday so I knew I would be attached to this album but goddamn there is not a single bad track on this thing - Stoned Again is easily a top 10 Krule song for me. King Krule has proven to be one of the most consistent artists right now and has such a unique sound.
NessJr
90
The dark side of Post Punk?
Man Alive! demands your attention. You cannot listen to it while driving your bike through the traffic, or walking on your way to work. It needs you to give it your undividing attention, but once you do that, the pay off is worth it.
The production values in this album are modest but detailed and complex at the same time. Tracks like Cellular, attracts you with cool drums and King Krule's singing on the beat. Supermache, brings forth an escalationthat feels cathartic ... read more
DalekTurret32
94
King Krule carries a spine-chilling style of music to accompany his feelings of guilt and loneliness, as well as his mental state, throughout the album.
From the gloomy electric guitars to the use of repetition in Stoned Again to represent his agitation. The song itself shows the ugly side of getting stoned. The jazz influences from The Ooz come into this album as a saxophone comes in on Cellular and Comet Face. The lyrics are also very interesting, as he uses images of dragons to portray an ... read more
bigpapasimon
95
this whole album is chaotic neutral

ps: underclass is fucking adorable
Gloden
88
An emotional ride with a great atmosphere, interesting samples, and blissful basslines. As my first impression of King Krule's work, this impressed me very quickly. With every listen, it only kept growing. The writing is fantastic throughout the whole album, and the poetic lyrics end up being very fitting and engaging. The overall sound of this album is very dream-like and everything just compliments each other really well. And those basslines... God they're addicting.
andreassheerio
80
wow this is really fucking good. It keeps a consistent atmosphere throughout, Archy is quite monotone with his vocals but he does let them go sometimes which I absoloutely loved. The flow of this thing is so good, it might be a little dull in the middle but it passes by quickly enough to where it doesn't get boring. "Stoned Again" and "Alone, Omen 3" are amazing and I've had them on repeat for the past few days.
Rasheedgames
84
This project is in every way shape and form better than the Ooz. King Krule comes in with his usual dreary and existential sounding music, yet at the same time he finds a way to make the music sound much more exciting and well produced than the ooz. This album definitely shows an improvement and growth as an artist from King Krule. Unlike the ooz there are no moments where I genuinely feel a little bored.
panoramareviews
75
I have to say I'm not a big fan of Krule, but I also have to say this album is a big improvement from The Ooz, which I gave a 6 out of 10. Trying to deduce why I liked this album more, I came to the conclusion that Man Alive! has better cohesion in their tracklist, and certainly better and more innovative songs.
TheGabagool
90
Honestly the only album from this year that has really stuck with me. In love with tbh.
kyotobynight
80
Not gonna lie, in the beginning I was really lost listening to this one, but it just came to be a really interesting musical experience. I think it's the oddiest record I listened this year so far.
Hummus
91
What a powerful record! Man Alive is an extremely unique and interesting take on art-rock, infusing various different genres like psychedelia, ambient, and even grunge at points. The album has a great dreary feel to it with morose, varied instrumentation and very personal, pained vocal deliveries. This project has an almost dreamy feel, especially in the 2nd half, with a lot of droning guitar chords and vocals soaked in effects. While I think the album is generally very successful in submerging ... read more
DeadeyeRaccoon
83
So usually I affiliate albums with an exclamation mark in their title to be really upbeat, aggressive, and/or energetic! Right? Well uh... Man Alive! really isn't like that. I haven't listened to Krule's 2017 record The OOZ, which many proclaim to be one of the saddest, most atmospheric albums they've ever heard, but there is still much to be said about the atmosphere and gloom of Man Alive!(.) While a side effect of this atmosphere ends up muddying the record slightly, it ultimately benefits ... read more
linkz02
80
King Krules dives into the deep-end of hardship as he fine-tunes his dissonant sounds into a much more consistent and organized direction

Best Tracks - CELLULAR, SUPERMARCÉ, STONED AGAIN, COMET FACE, PERFECTO MISERABLE, ALONE OMEN 3, AIRPORT ANTENATAL AIRPLANE, UNDERCLASS, ENERGY FLEETS, PLEASE COMPLETE THEE

Worst Tracks - SLINKY
FleetwoodGrips
91
Delving into the world of King Krule can be quite gloomy, to put it lightly. Archy Marshall's songwriting coupled with his somber and heavy vocal presence sets an atmosphere of depressive meditation that you really need to be prepared for going into his works. If I were to give you which album who be the first album you should delve into… it would be "Man Alive!".

To those who have listened to Krule since "6 Feet Beneath the Moon" or even since "A New Place 2 ... read more
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