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"A Man Alive" - Thao & The Get Down Stay Down [Full Album Stream + Zumic Review]

Weston Gerlach

by Weston Gerlach

Published July 20, 2016

San Francisco-based group Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's fifth studio album, A Man Alive, is a musically and thematically powerful work.

Plumbing a psychological minefield in the context of danceability, the album's intensely upbeat, electronics-tinged tracks were built so that frontwoman Thao Nguyen could sing forlorn, darkly cathartic lyrics without being sad every night. In doing so, T&TGDSD have crafted a rare pleasure: a record packed with gratifying grooves and beautifully raw lyrics, which rewards close listening.

A Man Alive marks the second time that Nguyen has made an LP with tUnE-yArDs mastermind Merrill Garbus, who also produced Thao & Mirah, Nguyen's 2011 collaboration with Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Mirah.

A Man Alive is out now on Ribbon Music. Pick it up on Amazon. You can also stream the full album above, on Spotify.

For Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's latest music, news, and tour dates, check out their Zumic artist page.

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