2013 and 1/3: The Best Albums of the 2010s (So Far)

Man Man: Life FantasticMan Man: Life Fantastic (Anti-, 5/10/11)

“Knuckle Down”

Man Man: “Knuckle Down”

With stronger musical chops and a greater feel for melody and structure, Man Man‘s Rabbit Habits helped to expand the band’s critical reach. Now Man Man, the quirky and peerless pop five-piece, has hit new heights with Life Fantastic.

This new batch is the band’s first recording to feature a professional producer, and it shows. Though the compositions themselves are Man Man’s best to date — punctuated by twisting melodies and off-the-wall lyrics — Life Fantastic gets a boost from string arrangements by Bright Eyes multi-instrumentalist Nate Walcott. His resonant accompaniments and pizzicato plucks give the album a new element and infuse it with even more life.

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