Open Your HeartAlbum | The Men By T. Cole Rachel
Chewing up and spitting out rock's past 40 years.
The Men's third album shows a band finally finding their sweet spot. Having released over two LPs plus half a dozen singles and EPs over the past four years, Open Your Heart is where the Brooklyn boys finally fuse all of their disparate influences -- scuzzy punk rock, blistering shoegaze noise, '70s garage rock bombast -- into one cohesive whole. "Turn it Around" is an anthemic, rebel-rousing dust up, "Candy" is Replacements-friendly bar rock, while "Presence" is acid-flavored psych rock that freaks out for nearly eight solid minutes. More than anything, The Men manage the rare feat of making familiar rock and roll tropes sound fantastically brand new. On Open Your Heart, The Men chew up the past 40 years of rock and roll and spit it back out in a perfectly-rendered, fantastically messy 45-minute blob.
|Open Your Heart (Live in Brooklyn, 2011)|