12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Thao Nguyen has found her idiosyncratic match in producer Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards), who helps bring out the band's weirdest, wildest pop inclinations. A Man Alive giddily jumps from crackling staccato funk ("The Evening") and reverb-soaked garage-punk ("Nobody Dies") to slow-burning psych-folk ("Millionaire") and fuzzy, experimental hip-hop ("Meticulous Bird"). It's all doused in warped synths and effects, but every sound serves its purpose—like the rumbling bass of "Astonished Man" reflecting the weight of the singer's apprehension toward her relationship with her dad, or the loops of "Slash/Burn" circling like a nagging memory.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Thao Nguyen has found her idiosyncratic match in producer Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards), who helps bring out the band's weirdest, wildest pop inclinations. A Man Alive giddily jumps from crackling staccato funk ("The Evening") and reverb-soaked garage-punk ("Nobody Dies") to slow-burning psych-folk ("Millionaire") and fuzzy, experimental hip-hop ("Meticulous Bird"). It's all doused in warped synths and effects, but every sound serves its purpose—like the rumbling bass of "Astonished Man" reflecting the weight of the singer's apprehension toward her relationship with her dad, or the loops of "Slash/Burn" circling like a nagging memory.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
57 Ratings
57 Ratings
BarbaraInMarin ,

Love Love Love!

Love Thao &... Stumbled upon them by accident at HSB in SF and have been huge fan since! Just buy this and play!

Love Thao Always ,

Owns it From the First Note!

Each time Thao and the band release a new album I always wonder if they could possibly transcend the last one. I can safely say they've knocked it out of the park AGAIN! Get your tickets now, this is going to be an amazing tour.

Tech_E ,

Those beats though...

Stumbled across this on the iTunes main page. The beats are hard, coupled with the way the tunes "groove".... I'm buying today!

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