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Man Alive

Man Alive: Open SurgeryOpen Surgery (2005)
Militia Group

Reviewer Rating: 3
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Contributed by: AubinAubin
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Israel's Man Alive first came to my attention in Jericho's Echo, a documentary about the Israeli punk scene. To me, the mere existence of punk scenes in places like Israel is heartening; in these parts of the world, it can be a truly vital subculture that doesn't just act as an outlet for people, bu.
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Israel's Man Alive first came to my attention in Jericho's Echo, a documentary about the Israeli punk scene. To me, the mere existence of punk scenes in places like Israel is heartening; in these parts of the world, it can be a truly vital subculture that doesn't just act as an outlet for people, but as a true reflection of the ideas and motivations of people who live in vastly different circumstances.

That said, it should be clear that Man Alive, like their hometown compatriots Useless ID, seem to eschew politics in the lyrics. Open Surgery is not a political album; if you expect deep insights into the Israeli-Palestianian conflict, you'll be disappointed, but the music itself, which seems steeped in `90s pop-punk, does make up for that.

The album certainly opens with one of its strongest tracks, the relentlessly catchy "Give Me a Sign" and other standouts like "Against the Wall" and the zippy "Stationary." The real potential of the band is revealed in "Catch Phrases, Slogans and Chants," which manages to take the band into unknown territory but with a well-bred combination of speedy pop-punk and Strike Anywhere-type breakdowns.

The album isn't truly unique by any means and might have been one of many a few years ago, but the healthy dose of shout-along choruses, fast tempos, big guitars and upbeat attitudes are not just nostalgic these days, but refreshingly simple and fun to listen to. The Millencolin comparison is one you'll likely hear a great deal when people talk about this band; the mid and fast tempos, the straightforward harmonies and sharp but not overproduced sound seem like trademarks of that band and fans of Millencolin and their genre will find much to enjoy in this record.

 


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Anonymous (February 3, 2006)

Score is for this album. This band rules!

Anonymous (February 2, 2006)

you guys don't give useless id enough credit!
they're as good as man alive!!

Anonymous (February 1, 2006)

I love man-alive!
esp jamie!! hes such a hottie omg omg... Seriously... Great band.. Great music... Wonderful pple... What can i say other than:
manalive taasu li yeladim!!!

Anonymous (February 1, 2006)

OS is one of my favorite cd's at the moment, man alive kicks ass :))

Anonymous (February 1, 2006)

Man alive sux ass now because they kicked out joel the old drummer!

Anonymous (February 1, 2006)

i love man alive they are the best thing to ever happen to israel! they believe in the people! and their music is the greatest sound to ever come from israel! i love jami!!!!

Anonymous (February 1, 2006)

Useless ID Sucks noodles, don't even compare them with Man Alive, it's not even the same style.

Besides being very dedicated to their music, Man Alive ae also extremely nice people, and that makes me like them even more.

Even though I am more hardcore oriented, I love this CD, and their shows are the best in Israel. Too bad they're usually touring elsewhere.

Anonymous (February 1, 2006)

Man Alive are one of the best bands in the world!

Anonymous (February 1, 2006)

this album kicks.

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

this album is my favorite album of 2005. i don't even know how many times i've listened to it. the nicest guys ever.

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

useless ID was good until they started trying to be the ataris

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

great band! 'say what you want', 'open surgery', and 'rewind' are my favorite tracks.

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

this is one kick ass album
it doesnt leave my cd player...

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

Man Alive owns my heart; I was smiling all the way until I read thse first few words of the last paragraph.

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

"Man Alive, like their hometown compatriots Useless ID, seem to eschew politics in the lyrics"

Guess he didn't listen to the lyrics much. And Useless ID kick ass.

SilentStorms (January 31, 2006)

and by kinda I mean definately

SilentStorms (January 31, 2006)

Yikes, if this isn't as good as Useless ID then I don't want to hear it. Cuz Useless ID kinda sucked pole.

AlmostPunkEnough (January 31, 2006)

there's some really good stuff on here, particularly the Millencolin-esque songs. lots of fun too. not quite as good as Useless ID, but i'm not complaining.

stevejonestherealbones (January 31, 2006)

simpsons did it

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

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