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Philly’s Man Man has slowly evolved into a tighter, more focused version of itself, and on the band's fourth album, Life Fantastic, it has just about nailed a perfect balance between perpetrating beloved artistic chaos and making well-honed, impactful art. There’s less of a gypsy-hoedown aesthetic here, but the group has kept its junkyard-punk vaudeville vibe with stomping, swinging rhythms and a cleaner production that lets its arsenal of instruments (strings, pianos, horns, organ, guitars, marimbas, and amazing percussion) speak as loudly as necessary. Lyrically, it’s all bad news: Honus Honus growls about relationships gone bad and depression on tracks like the lovely, waltzing “Steak Knives,” the roaring “Dark Arts," and the unnervingly jaunty “Knuckles Down.” “Haute Tropique” is about a serial killer who alternately cannibalizes and, er, repurposes his victims. Honus’ wordplay almost renders the tune comical: “Two monks from a deli/he sriracha'd in jelly/and made a corset out of ‘em for his belly!” Man Man continues to surprise and delight, and now the band does it with less distraction—a very good thing.

Customer Reviews

Creeps up on you...

This is one of those albums that I was disappointed with at first, but as I listened to it a few more times, I became quite obsessed with it. Now I can't listen to any other artists. Man Man gets better and better with each record.

You have to LISTEN to it

This was the hardest Man Man album for me to fall in love with. Every previous album was like a bump of cocaine - you just hit it and you’re off to the races. So expecting that, it took me a few turns to settle in and hear that Man Man really had some heavy stuff to say, both lyrically and instrumentally. It’s so easy to zone out with all the one-dimensional music today, but this album (and arguably everything Man Man does) demands that you stop what you’re doing and PAY ATTENTION. I listened to this album on repeat during a 1500 mile road trip. And you know what? It just got better and better with each listen. If you prefer some of their other albums more, just approach this with an open mind and give it more than one spin.

Man oh Man

This album shows Man Man maturing as artists but that's the problem. I love it when their chaotic, immature and all over the place but I can't help but feel they held back on this album.
A interview I read said that Mike, the guitarist from bright eyes, helped produce the album and was able to make sense of their craziness and control it. You can hear some of that bright eyes guitar sound in some of the songs.
There are some good songs
Like piranhas club, and oh, la brea, so here are some tips. Not as good as six demon or rabbit habits so if it's your first Man Man album go with one of those two and if they come to your town don't waste time go and see them now!


Formed: 2003 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Based in Philadelphia but also spending time in New York, Man Man formed with members Honus Honus (vocals/synthesizer), Tiberius Lyn (drums), Clint Killingsworth (bass), and Steven Dufala (guitar/trumpet). Man Man made their album debut in 2004 with The Man in a Blue Turban with a Face, and Six Demon Bag followed in 2006 with Lyn replaced by new drummer and songwriter Pow Wow (Chris Powell). As they established themselves over the next few years, the eclectic quartet welcomed Brown Sugar (Adam Schatz)...
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