Graham Reid | | <1 min read
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.