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Man Alive [CD]

Everything Everything Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (30 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B0036ORISO
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,317 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. MY KZ, UR BF 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Qwerty Finger 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schoolin' 4:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Leave The Engine Room 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Final Form 5:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Photoshop Handsome 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Two For Nero 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Suffragette Suffragette 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Come Alive Diana 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. NASA Is On Your Side 5:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tin (The Manhole) 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Weights 5:400.99  Buy MP3 


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Drawing on influences from the Beach Boys to post punk, pop to dance, Man Alive is the debut album from Everything Everything--an indie rock band who aim to sound like no one else. Man Alive includes the singles "Schoolin'" and "MY KZ, UR BF".

BBC Review

“I was making music in my bedroom [during my childhood]. My one rule was not to sound like anyone else.” Judging by his band’s debut album, lead singer Jonathan Higgs rarely had to send himself to the naughty step.

For while you might detect an occasional Yeasayer bass noodle or lei-wearing Vampire Weekend riff, this Manchester quartet flee from any identikit indie clique, throwing ever-changing, protean sonic shapes. They career between time signatures, changing keys and genres – often within bars, let alone songs – as they playfully elude categorisation.

Telling of teenage terrorists, war, homicidal lovers and the human condition, they leap and crackle, Jonathan’s voice a frenetic falsetto bounding like a Labrador on speed, to twisted brass fanfares or military stomps that challenge you to dance then trip you up. They grow wistful and sing in sync to a line of Baroque harpsichord (Two for Nero), or, on Schoolin’, drag you through as much terrain (pop, electro, jazz, funk, prog… and, er, whistling) as the most self-indulgent of Yes epics – but without the soporific effect.

Even on the relatively simple QWERTY Finger, which has an innocuous handclap-and-drums opening, they give us a rushing euphonic mash-up of scaling synths and chasing vocals, before turning and returning, pausing midway for an anthemic break, complete with yelping. Yet this track not only sounds coherent, it’s glorious – despite the fact that here, as on much of Man Alive, the boys seem to be stuck in the surreal environs of semi-consciousness, where Lewis Carroll is king. It’s a place where lyrics such as “So how will they remember us whole when we turn into salt / And it's mine, the fault, mine the dream, and the vein, home of whale-flesh, make soap out of it!” apparently make sense.

Whether they’re talking a load of gibber, spewing poetic profundities or playing auditory jokes (the criminally catchy chorus of Suffragette Suffragette demands a double take) it doesn’t really matter; it merely adds to their quirky brilliance. And it is brilliance. EE are wilfully eccentric, and endlessly entertaining, but they know more than most how to craft a song, how to make an album. They know how to give it depth, light and dark, and they – crucially – know when to stop. Give it a month or two, and the EE wannabes will start to queue up. Luckily for this band, soundalikes are not an option.

--Alix Buscovic

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:MP3 Download
I first heard Everything Everything at the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend in Carlisle where I was totally blown away by the bands unique sound. The band seamlessly combines a number genres to come up with this absolute masterpiece. This album was a breath of fresh air in my music collection with excellent tracks such as the interestingly named "MY KZ, UR BF" and "Schoolin". Admittedly the slightly quirky lead vocals from Jonathan Higgs may not be for everyone, but I for one am absolutely in love with this band. The songs are catchy, the instrumental work is amazing, this is a flawless album that I cannot stop listening to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I know what his dad listened to! 27 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
An album full of ideas and tricks; some of which score, some hit the post. The vocal style and octave jumps can grate a little but there is little else not to like about this musically diverse and nicely constructed suite of songs. Lots of Yes-style layers of guitar and keyboard with some truly glorious moments. Far more intelligent than your average indy-punk, this is a surprisingly mature and polished offer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 6 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It is very rare for me to be inspired by a new band these days, with so many clone bands around churning out the same boring riffs, the same boring production and sound, the same predictable timing and structure. But not with Everthing Everything. I am so glad I stumbled across their Man Alive CD.

I was already utterly blown away with MY KZ, UR BF, and now listening to the rest of the tracks on the album I continue to be very impressed indeed. The production is great, the sound canvas is great, the vocals great. A very well crafted album indeed.

If its true that lead singer Jonathan Higgs said he didnt want to sound like anyone else, then he can pat himself on the back for a damn good attempt.

Anyone looking for something fresh, interesting, entertaining and captivating, then Man Alive will not disappoint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabbo 4 Oct 2010
By boz
Format:Audio CD
listen to these guys then listen to later "Caravan".
"The Dog, The Dog, He's At It Again"
for example..
i think you'll discover what lurks in their parents' record collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good. 21 Feb 2013
By Gibbons
Format:Audio CD
Great album, great mix of songs with some great instrumentals and lyrics, I would highly recommend this album, buy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 8 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I got into this band via their excellent new (2nd) album Arc and I couldn't wait to get their first album - my minor disappointment with what I initially perceived to be an inferior work to Arc (albeit understandably inferior because of the latter's excellence and the fact that it pre-dates Arc by more than two years) has now been replaced after repeated listens by admiration for what is perhaps an even better, and certainly more consistent, collection than Arc - true it is not as immediate and there are no pinnacles quite as high as the sublime Duet (3mins 41sec of genius) on the new record although Come Alive Diana comes close, but these are simply 12 great great pop songs - to get an idea of the progression between the two albums you should maybe think of The Bends vs OK Computer but bear in mind those were Radiohead's 2nd and 3rd albums not their 1st and 2nd! These guys have been making brilliant music from the get go! This is truly an outstanding band and I just hope we don't have to wait another two years before their third!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Clever Clever 25 Jan 2012
By Jimothy
Format:Audio CD
I heard a few snippets around the Mercury Prize time and thought it sounded the best of the bunch. It's sort of sounds like early 80s pop made by indie art student types. But the more I listen to it, the less charming, and more smug it becomes. And now I can't hear anything other than a smug clever-clogs singing. There's nowt wrong with being clever. To be fair, showing off and being smug is part and parcel of being a pop star too. Maybe I need tonic. Are there any thick, insecure pop stars I could use as an antidote?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Man Alive! my album of the year 4 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is an absolutely stunning debut from a band I came across purely by accident. If you like your music to fit into nicely defined categories, you'll be disappointed; this is the most original, fresh music I've heard for a good long while, and its utterly impossible to pigeonhole. Everything Everything combine exuberant vocals, morphing beats and a huge range of instrumental styles in an album that still manages to sound better with each listen, and with not one single duff track. The lyrics are full of wit, wry observation , and downright weirdness. Brilliant!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
The vocals are rather too much the same throughout and I like variety of style. Good as a random play multi list artist listed grouping
Published 4 months ago by 3turn
5.0 out of 5 stars If they hadn't done this, they wouldn't have done "Arc"
Something had to come before, and I guess the seeds of "Arc" can be seen here. Lots to get to grips with.
Published 7 months ago by Stephen Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Top bombing!!!!
Great album. Very different but very unique.
Bit quirky & diverse !!!!!
Recommend it to anyone!!!!
Going to see them in Pompey this month; should be epic!
Published 10 months ago by Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously good debut
I came to this album via 'Arc'. Based on the reviews I had read I expected it to be a little raw, a little hit-and-miss, so I took a few weeks getting round to giving it a listen. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jumping Jesus
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like Yes to me
....given the Jon Anderson style falsetto vocals, three part harmonies, Rickenbacker bass and incomprehensible lyrics! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Moving Target
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like they grew up listening to "Close to The Edge"
With heavy and very skillfull references to Yes (particularly Close to The Edge) Everything Everything have produced a real modern masterpiece- a gem of a record that gets better... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Johnnygoyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Late to the party
I'm not one of those people crawling to find the next big thing and trying to jump on the bandwagon as soon as possible so Im a bit late to find everything everything but that's... Read more
Published 18 months ago by pinkyzoe29
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Price was good and delivery was prompt.
The album is packed with classic EE favourites, My Kz, Ur Bf and Schoolin' but what I really liked about this album was the depth and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by R. Dover
5.0 out of 5 stars Alive Alive
This is a brilliant debut from Everything Everything. They are one of the few bands around who sound unique and excellently so. Read more
Published 19 months ago by C22man
5.0 out of 5 stars One word, Unique!
It is very rare these days to find an album which delivers consistent quality on each track but the excellent "man alive" more than achieves this. Read more
Published 19 months ago by alexo
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