Mike Mantin

Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (598 of 717)
Location: Swansea, UK
Birthday: 10 Oct
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 171,415 - Total Helpful Votes: 598 of 717
Why are Animals Funny?: Everyday Analysis: Volume &hellip by EDA Collective
This will give you life. Its central concept is the wonderful, novel idea of applying critical theory to everyday situations and objects. Nothing is out of bounds, meaning that funny animals and toasties are given the same thorough analysis as the coalition government's daily slip-ups and Richard Dawkins' laughable tweets.

It's lively, intelligent and often hilarious, uncompromisingly using major philosophical ideas (many are introduced off the cuff, which might be frustrating but also a catalyst to find out more) once the reader's hooked in with titles like 'Why Justin Bieber should Listen to Neutral Milk Hotel' and 'Fear and Anxiety in The Gruffalo'.

You won't agree… Read more
Write About Love ~ Belle & Sebastian
Write About Love ~ Belle & Sebastian
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
When Belle & Sebastian announced 'Write About Love', they implored their fans to go scrawl the slogan in chalk on walls, pavements, anywhere in public. It was a neatly defiant gesture for their return after a four: they're still going to be as obnoxiously sentimental as they like. As such, their eighth album is full of wistful fantasy and breezy melodies, low on surprises but big on tunes.

`...Write About Love' is going to be familiar for anyone who's been following the B&S story: it feels like a natural successor to 2006's divisive `The Life Pursuit', their first produced by Tony Hoffer who returns here. It's slightly more sedate than that album's booming, brassy sound, but… Read more
And Then We Saw Land ~ Tunng
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Tunng's fourth album sees them operating as a full five-piece band rather than simply the personal project of Mike Lindsay and the now-departed Sam Genders Thinking cynically, this could be an attempt to finally shake off the `folktronica' tag, a tiresome label which presumably gets as much welcome as a one-star review to the bands lumped with it. But of course, that's not the case (though it might be a nice side-effect): this is a natural evolution, and it's yielded some joyous results.

`...And Then We Saw Land' is by far Tunng's most accessible work yet, its bigger scope allowing Lindsay's ear for melody to take centre stage. In `Hustle' they have their first radio-friendly… Read more

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