Manitoba Up In Flames (Domino) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
For all its glitchy blips and bleeps, there was always something undeniably poppy about Dan Snaith's Manitoba debut, Start Breaking My Heart. Just in case it wasn't obvious enough, he's gone all the way on the well-warped Up In Flames. Snaith does everything possible here to separate himself from the whip-smart techno of his debut save throwing his laptop in a dumpster. Up In Flames is very much a pop record, but a pop record that's been smeared with electronics. With hummable melodies, psychedelic breakdowns and breakbeats galore, the record's like Pet Sounds on a laptop, complete with glockenspiels, xylophones, flute solos and doo-wop backup vocals. My only complaint is with Snaith's own attempt at singing. If he really wanted to make a pop record, he should have hired a real singer.