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King Krule: Man Alive! Review

King Krule has been one of my favorite artists ever since I heard his debut album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon. The first song I ever heard from the British musician was “Out Getting Ribs” and I was floored by how emotive the track was and I instantly went to YouTube to check out the music video. I was surprised by how young the artist was and was interested in his overall style. I spent a few hours checking out his live performances and music videos and became hooked on his music. 

There are so many songs that I listen to on a daily basis from King Krule that are from his phenomenal second album The Ooz and various singles including “Octopus,” “Dum Surfer,” “La Lune,” and “The Portrait of Black and Blue.” The musician’s songs became a part of my commute and late-night studying music as the nocturnal vibe from many of his songs fit perfectly with my evening work. 

Recently, King Krule released his third studio album Man Alive! The record is a slight departure from his previous albums as it moves away from the jazzy guitars and to a more noise rock and psychedelic sound. There are still elements of King Krule’s soulful vocals but the record is much angrier than his previous material. 

“Alone, Omen 3” is one of the standout tracks from the album with its psychedelic guitars that blend well with King Krule’s soft vocals. The song builds in intensity until the end when Krule states over and over “You’re not alone.” 

“Stoned Again” is another one of my favorites from the album with its noise rock sound that is both chaotic and relaxing. King Krule bellows out the title track over and over throughout the record with the mix of a saxophone blaring in the background.

“(Don’t Let the Dragon) Draag On” is a quieter song in the same vein of “Czech One” from The Ooz. It is a mellow song that is equal parts reflective and melancholy. 

I have spent the last few months listening to Man Alive! I must say that I truly enjoy this record and love how King Krule continues to push his sound and not become complacent with doing the same thing over and over again. I liked the psychedelic feel and noise rock influences throughout the record and thought that King Krule did a terrific job at blending the two genres. I look forward to whatever the enigmatic musician does next. 

Captive Balance
A poet and writer who is a film buff and music addict.
http://captivebalance.wordpress.com

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