Man Alive! by King Krule

Archy Marshall has already proved himself as a unique British voice with previous albums 6 Feet Beneath the Moon and The Ooz under his King Krule moniker and here the baby-faced crooner returns with his third album. Once again it is a sonically fascinating work full of scope and ambition and with his trademark yelp belting out corrosive words.

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Man Alive! by King Krule
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6/10 Daoud 20 February 2020

I’ll be honest. I’ve never really got King Krule. But there’s something about him I can’t help but admire. I think it’s because, despite making some genuinely quite strange music, he’s managed to become popular. I don’t really know how he’s done it, especially because the music he does make would probably be more at home in the 80s than the 20s but hey ho, just shows what I know.

So yeah, more than anything ‘Man Alive!’, the Brit School attending King’s third album, reminds me of Public Image Ltd. and their peers. That sort of taut and strange post-punk which elevated its bassists and didn’t much care whether or not their singers could, you know, sing. That didn’t stop John Lydon and it certainly isn’t stopping Archy Marshall. Particularly when he gets properly into it, ‘Supermarché’ has Marshall steadily transitioning to quite a vicious bark that suggests at least a bit of bite. His vocals can always melt into the background, as on ‘Slinky’, his reverbed voice disappearing into an ambient jazz jam.

One of the stranger moments comes right at the start. ‘Cellular’, a song about having your mind invaded by a television, almost sounds like there’s two songs going on at once. There’s the post-punk one, but also a bit of jaunty electronica that wouldn’t sound out of place on a library music compilation. It sounds like Marshall wanted an excuse to remind us he’s a producer too. And yeah, he is. Fair enough.


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