King Krule: Man Alive! (XL/Rhythmethod)

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King Krule: Man Alive! (XL/Rhythmethod)
Much as Elsewhere was quite engaged by Archy Marshall's previous albums 6 Feet Beneath the Moon (2013) and The Ooz three years ago – especially the latter – this “difficult third album” has a half-baked quality and his always variable material here too often dips into the area of incomplete ideas/indulgent shapelessness and the downright irritating.

Such fully realised songs or half-sung pieces as there among these 14 tracks – some of which are mere bagatelles of sound, quasi-jazz (Theme for the Cross) or less – are so few that you wonder what has sucked the energy out of his aspirations and abilities.

The opener Cellular is such a lame and obvious piece of cheap early Eighties synth pop that it sounds perilously close to parody and if you do get to the final piece --, the anemic Please Complete Thee where he seems barely awake enough to speak above the sound design -- you might wonder what there was to remember and where 40 minutes of your life just went.


You can hear Man Alive! at Spotify here.


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