A swarm of quiet talent without fanfare | Review of 'Per la bona gent', – Manel

You can hear For the good people free. The Manels themselves have uploaded the entire album on his Youtube channel.


In our selective trawling of the most outstanding of the year, it seems logical and obligatory to lower our eyes to October 2019 to vindicate, banner held high, the beauty of the calm talent of For the good people. Without fanfare and true to their nature of remaining unfaithful to themselves, that Manel they released their fifth album when this website didn't even exist. Such a prank on the calendar required an immediate Band-Aid. And here we are For the good people that ho vulgui arrived.

The Catalan quartet, which since the time of The best European professors (2008) has shown us that it is possible to combine talent and success without turning one's life upside down, he has done it again: For the good people is the most necessary r of imaginary manelense which we all needed meanwhile gibberish of tra tra In this case there is no room for pallets (yes for some ill will). In this house, above all, what there are ants.

We have said before that Manel returned "without fanfare" and we vilely lied. There were: the occasional fan was caught by surprise by the non-surprise of the new sound of the Manels in the Singles in advance. That the Catalans like to experiment should not be news. That they are the best of the Spanish and Catalan music scene, either. Electronic pop follows, now with a more majestic touch, as if wrapped in rigor and epic, and with generous doses of synthesizers and samples.

In case some clueless person thinks that the laconic and nostalgic remembrance of better times of the introductory of paradigm shift it will be the usual atmosphere of the album, María del Mar Bonet opens with a loud slam in the second cut to make the points clear. I sing it from her unstitched and reversed from align (with the Spanish guitar now accompanied by a synthesizer) marks the first of the many surprises of For the good people. Guillem Gisbert's swing (sometimes calm, sometimes psychotic) in this song that gives the album its name is proof enough of the roller coaster that is to come.

En fomirgues there are a few brief pulmonary seconds (after the epic account of the pearl of the centuries Barcelona) in which we can hear how Gisbert inhales and exhales the air while preparing to rage with the story of an invasion of ants that over the weeks have become strong among apricots. Those unedited seconds are well worth summarizing what has been the maturity of a musical career. In the humble opinion of the writer, the best song on the album together They are enthusiastic and the clueless and self-parodic boyband, whose chorus will remain encased forever in the memory (and in the box area) of everyone who exhibits… ESTIC EN UNA BOY BAAAAAND


Just for the title, Amb a ram of chlamydiae It already exceeds in quality more than 90% of the music released during this 2019. Nobody had ever sung something so beautiful to a sexually transmitted disease. This is when the melody takes on a New Wave face (from the BSO side of Tron, OST of Drive, Stranger Things and baggy adidas tracksuit) when one accepts that one is facing another of the must of the disk. In this theme that is so reminiscent of the best Kavinsky (Nightcall) Manel extrapolates a brief literary vignette into a bitter and nostalgic life story. To compensate for the emotional wilderness in which the listener is left to their own devices, the super powers of Leftovers manage to make an archaeological excavation interesting in one of those supermarkets where people go normal people.

In general, the Manel they continue with the lost ukulele in a rented storage room. Per the good people It is an album full of critical lyrics with coded messages and double meanings that you can try to find and understand. Or not. His twelve cuts (their usual formula) manages to surprise without abandoning the electronic path initiated by Atletes, down from the stage, with which they seem to be having a great time sharpening it and showing zero complexes in the face of risk.


You can hear For the good people free. The Manels themselves have uploaded the entire album on his Youtube channel.

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