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Album Review

The Phenomenauts sound like a perfect fusion of the new wave revival of the early 2000s (poppy-punky synth rock bands like the Epoxies and Controller.Controller) and the tongue in cheek, futuristic surf rock of '90s indie heroes Man or Astro-man?. Third album For All Mankind is jam-packed with all manner of synth-pop, retro-rockabilly, and post-punk tropes — including, brilliantly, a cover of a genuine new wave chestnut, the Polecats' entirely appropriate 1982 synthabilly hit "Make a Circuit with Me" — mixed with a campily geeky sci-fi persona that presents the Oakland-based quintet in goofy outfits silly enough to get them laughed out of the nearest comic book convention and singing lyrics equally inspired by Isaac Asimov and the Sci-Fi Channel's movie of the week. One probably needs a working knowledge of the subculture to get all of the jokes, but the neat thing about For All Mankind is that it isn't just jokes: opening track "Man Alone" is built on a chorus of "All of us, we should have a mission/We should have a purpose," a dead serious statement of inclusion and social connectivity. Of course, that's immediately followed by "Cyborg," a country-style ballad about a guy whose attempt to manufacture the perfect girlfriend ends in tears, so there's a number of giggles to be had as well. A must for the new wave and/or Battlestar Galactica fans on your Christmas list, For All Mankind is light, frothy fun with just enough musical and lyrical substance to keep it from being brainlessly corny.

Customer Reviews

A+++ Great Album

Another Great Album But The Phenomenauts !!! Nice Cover Too!

probably their best yet

like was said before, it's less rockabilly...actually you can barely tell it's a double bass they're using, but nonetheless, it's an album that their fans and really most other people could appreciate. i love how they've kept the rockabilly influence, but punked it up a bit. there's definitely a 70's punk and new wave influence that can be heard here. there are also a lot of electronic noises in most, if not all of the songs, but that's one of the things that makes the phenomenauts so unique. for some reason songs like "the tale of europa" make me think of the misfits or the rosedales just a little bit.


Hooray for The Phenomenauts, this is an amazing album by an amazing band. Buy all 3 of their albums and see them live!

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