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Made From Technetium
Man Or Astroman
Made From Technetium
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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By the time they released Made from Technetium in 1997, Man or Astro-Man? had been releasing records prolifically since 1993, most displaying a reverence for '60s surf music and irreverent intergalactic shtick. The four Al...  more »

      
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All Artists: Man Or Astroman
Title: Made From Technetium
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Touch & Go Records
Original Release Date: 9/9/1997
Release Date: 9/9/1997
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Oldies & Retro, Rock Guitarists
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 036172088027

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By the time they released Made from Technetium in 1997, Man or Astro-Man? had been releasing records prolifically since 1993, most displaying a reverence for '60s surf music and irreverent intergalactic shtick. The four Alabamans--Birdstuff, Star Crunch, Coco, and Dexter X--sound more like Sonic Youth than the Surfaris on Technetium, though they haven't let down their space-age aesthetic a bit. Titles such as "Structo (Mr. Microphone Mixup)" and "Theoretical Sounds of Slow Motion" contain grungy Batman guitar, feisty two-beat drumming, and vocal snippets from cheesy science-fiction movies, junior high science-class films, instructional tapes, and other odd sources. Elemental Astro-Man. --James Rotondi

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StarCrunch's swan song
MantoM | Chicago, IL | 06/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"To like this album takes an appreciation for the subtleties that separate the songs as each as that 'similar sound' feeling despite the songs being very different. This album is probably geared more for Astro-Man fans than the casual listener. However, there are some nice gems that anybody would like such as the sound waves reversing with it's cleverly inserted 50's sci-fi quotes. Lo-Battery is a cool intro to the album and one of the few times you'll hear Astro-men singing. But what really makes this album stand out from earlier Astro-Man offerings is the raw guitars. Gone is the twang.

Made From Technetium is about as close to present day modernism as the Astro-Men have travelled. Earlier efforts were obviously from the past while later efforts illustrate what happens when you don't watch your step and fall into a wormhole. Those looking for more 'edge' from the Astro-Men will find it here in full gamut. Took me a great while to accept this album, but once I did I started using it as a pace keeper for my long rush hour drives in Chicago traffic on the Kennedy Expressway. Once Mr. Microphone rolled around, I knew it was time to stomp on the throttle and get there. The tempos are appropriately placed along the album's length not tiring the listener's ear out before it's over. Think of a slow steady build in the background as opposed to an extravert's spotlight. Starts fast, slows down for a while keeping a steady pace, then picks it up again at the end after a brief rest for the final kick.

More singing on this album than any other Astro-man album if that means anything....but I wouldn't call it singing as much - voice acting probably more accurate. Much like the accompanying EP of it's time, 1000x, Made from Technetium integrates sound FX more into the songs instead of merely laying them on top, or at the head/tail like on previous efforts. This album is a very cohesive effort by the Astro-Men and a sign they've arrived on the big stage."
Perfect Man or Astro-man?
Trade RatŪ | Nevada | 04/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This, along with "Eeviac: Operational index and reference guide, including other modern computational devices", is one of the Man or Astro-man? albums I listen to most often. The CD layout is, as always, just beautiful, and the quality of the songs are superb. From the hypnotic "The sound waves reversing", to the mesmerizing, "Theoretical sounds of slow motion", just beautiful music. And don't miss the amazing combination of "Evert l pipkin" and "Weightless at zero return". Man or Astro-man? is the only band in the world that could make an air-raid siren sound good ("Muzak for cybernetics", track #9)."