On Oni Pond

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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
On earlier outings, Man Man's sound resembled a demented carnival, with oddball junkyard instrumentation and unexpected twists and turns in their compositions. For On Oni Pond, the Philadelphia group turns in their most simply orchestrated record to date and their most melodic overall. Over the course of their prior four albums they had subtly been moving in a poppier direction, with 2011's Life Fantastic showing signs of going mainstream. Here, all the extraneous arrangement and genre-hopping are distilled into what could be summed up simply, if not totally accurately, as a lounge version of Modest Mouse. There are still hints of klezmer and Gypsy punk in their ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
On earlier outings, Man Man's sound resembled a demented carnival, with oddball junkyard instrumentation and unexpected twists and turns in their compositions. For On Oni Pond, the Philadelphia group turns in their most simply orchestrated record to date and their most melodic overall. Over the course of their prior four albums they had subtly been moving in a poppier direction, with 2011's Life Fantastic showing signs of going mainstream. Here, all the extraneous arrangement and genre-hopping are distilled into what could be summed up simply, if not totally accurately, as a lounge version of Modest Mouse. There are still hints of klezmer and Gypsy punk in their choices of rhythms and minor-key chord progressions, but this is Man Man at their most stable. With all the edges sanded, On Oni Pond feels a bit like the type of record that a vocalist will often make after going solo. That said, concentrating on what best suits a song can be a blessing for a band that often favored disjointed experimentation over structure. Here, simple hooks dominate. Driving home this point, "Curtains" is a stripped-down ballad that finds frontman Honus Honus singing sweetly over a lone piano, and "Deep Cover" is the same, with a ukulele. Even when noodling is kept to a minimum, his unique rasp and cartoonish lyrics inject enough personality to the indie pop formula to keep things interesting. Maturity suits the group, and "Pink Wonton," "Sparks," "Paul's Grotesque," and "Head On" have all the makings of breakout singles with their fun, memorable choruses and subtle yet clever musicianship.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2013
  • Label: Anti
  • UPC: 045778726721
  • Catalog Number: 87267
  • Sales rank: 65,713

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oni Swan (0:39)
  2. 2 Pink Wonton (3:19)
  3. 3 End Boss (4:12)
  4. 4 Head On (4:25)
  5. 5 King Shiv (5:06)
  6. 6 Loot My Body (3:25)
  7. 7 Deep Cover (3:03)
  8. 8 Pyramids (3:54)
  9. 9 Sparks (3:34)
  10. 10 Fangs (3:50)
  11. 11 Paul's Grotesque (5:37)
  12. 12 Curtains (1:03)
  13. 13 Born Tight (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Man Man Primary Artist
Phyllis Duncan Strings
Keith Plenert Strings
Mike Mogis Bass, Guitar
A.J. Mogis Upright Bass
Nate Walcott Trumpet, Soloist
Honus Honus Group Member
Tracy Dunn Strings
Frank Seligman Strings
Adam Schatz Keyboards, Saxophone, Background Vocals
Pow Pow Group Member
Susan Sanchez Vocals
Tommy Van Den Berg Horn
Jamey "T. Moth" Robinson Synthesizer, Bass, Celeste, Background Vocals
Brandon Lerbs Horn
Andrew Beckstrom Horn
Willie Karpf Horn
Kara Nelson Vocals
Technical Credits
Mike Mogis Producer, Engineer
Doug Van Sloun Mastering
Nate Walcott Arranger, String Arrangements
Trevor Hernandez Layout
Adam Schatz Horn Arrangements
Ryan Kattner Composer, Lyricist
Christopher Sean Powell Composer
Andrea Wan Artwork
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