Life Fantastic

Life Fantastic

by Man Man
     
 

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For their fourth full-length, Man Man recorded in Omaha with producer Mike Mogis (the house engineer for Saddle Creek). His input makes a big difference as he fine-tunes the songs on Life Fantastic, and tones down the disorder to create a more open, pop-friendly album than previous outings. The Man in a

Overview

For their fourth full-length, Man Man recorded in Omaha with producer Mike Mogis (the house engineer for Saddle Creek). His input makes a big difference as he fine-tunes the songs on Life Fantastic, and tones down the disorder to create a more open, pop-friendly album than previous outings. The Man in a Blue Turban with a Face and Six Demon Bag showcased Ryan Kattner's talent for composing rock songs out of vaudeville chaos. Rabbit Habits found the group trying to smooth the edges. Likewise, Life Fantastic doesn't skimp on bizarre instrumentation, but the extra production polish gives the band a new life, and with the fat trimmed there is a greater sense of focus. "Knuckle Down" starts the show in a hyperactive keyboard groove with Kattner's gruff voice accented by xylophone licks, horn hits, and shouts. Alternately, "Steak Knives" is a minor-key acoustic waltz with some sparse orchestration, courtesy of a small string section. A nice sense of push and pull is achieved between the easy melodies and tricky musicianship. While there are definite left-field aspects to Life Fantastic, fans of crossover-indie rock groups like Modest Mouse and Spoon should be able to get behind the angular pop of "Shameless" or the backwater bluegrass-rock of "Life Fantastic."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2011
Label:
Anti
UPC:
0045778711420
catalogNumber:
87114
Rank:
72499

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Man Man   Primary Artist
Ted Stevens   Vocals
Tim Kasher   Vocals
Neely Jenkins   Vocals
Matt Maginn   Hand Clapping
Stella Mogis   Vocals
Laura Burhenn   Vocals
Tracy Dunn   Strings
Frank Seligman   Strings
Paul Ledwon   Strings
Ben Brodin   Hand Clapping
Susan Sanchez   Vocals
Steve Bartalomei   Hand Clapping
Denny Mogis   Vocals
Amy Peterson   Strings

Technical Credits

Mike Mogis   Producer,Engineer
Nate Walcott   String Arrangements
Man Man   Composer
Ryan Kattner   Composer,Lyricist
Jamie Dwyer   Layout
Brad Kahlhamer   Paintings,Sculpture,Drawing

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