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  • Audio CD (5 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B0080PVMOK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Brand new studio recordings from Canadian New Wavers, Ivan Doroschuk and MEN WITHOUT HATS, produced by Dave Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy, Marilyn Manson). Men Without Hats have been creating iconic and irresistible pop music for three decades. Their hit song "Safety Dance" was a breakout success and top ten single in multiple countries in May 1983. Led by charismatic front man, Ivan Doroschuk, the band has surged back starting with a breakout show at 2011's SXSW and followed by an extensive, well-received tour across North America with 80's stalwarts, The Human League and The B-52's. Men Without Hats have been providing a hit-filled and hooky soundtrack for our lives since the '80's and the band powers magnificently into the 21st Century with a steady stream of jaw dropping live shows and a fantastic new album. Men Without Hats were also nominated for a Grammy in 1983 and yet have stayed fresh and relevant with tracks featured on US TV shows; "The Simpsons", "Family Guy" , and "Glee." Touring the US and the world in 2012!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Wilson on 18 Jun 2012
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Ivan and co come back after around 10 yrs to release this album, and it's very welcome. With a definite nod to the old synth-pop of "Rhythm of Youth" era, Dave Ogilvie has taken over the reins as producer, which gives the sound a slight, but not unwelcome, revamp.

They also make more use of the female vocals, this time Lou, so some tracks sound very different as a result. But the harmonies work well, and Ivan's brother Colin also contributes some backing vocals.

There are some really good tracks here, some being very immediate, others more subtle. Highlights for me at present are "Everybody Knows", "Your Beautiful Heart", "Live And Learn", "Close To The Sun" and "Love's Epiphany" - but there isn't a duff one on the album. The title track is arguably the weakest, a very odd mix of electro-buzzing synth and something almost akin to country'n'western guitar and vocal arrangements, but it does work.

Packaging for the worldwide Cobraside release (Canada had an earlier release) is standard digipack, with no booklet insert, but we do get a photo of the band with Ivan looking just a bit like Andrew Eldritch (Sisters of Mercy)!

Unfortunately brother Stefan (bass-player and producer on previous albums) has distanced himself from this project, but being just primarily Ivan does not invalidate this incarnation. There have been many line-ups over the years, and essentially MWH need Ivan's vocals. There is more than enough real MWH 'vibe' here to justify the band's name. Hopefully any differences will be sorted out though, and we may even get another album with all 3 brothers back on board (but not another 10 yr wait, please).

Suffice to say when the title track suddenly finished the first time I heard this CD I felt the album had been a bit too short, which is always a good sign! Check it out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carsten on 10 Jun 2012
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Comeback album from Men Without Hats (you know the band that had a huge hit everywhere with "The safety dance" back in the mid-eighties). And what a great comeback. This is really a great record that deserves to be heard and bought by many.

Men Without Hats started by making a really great record ('The rhythm of youth" with the aforementioned 'The safety dance') but never really followed that album up with albums of equal quality (though still decent albums). 'Love in the age of war' is the spiritual follow up to 'The rhythm of youth' with its great synthesizers, subtle lyrics and catchy tunes. Listen to songs like "head above water", "the girl with the silicon eyes" and "live and learn". Fantastic songs that everyone who likes electronic (and new romantic) music from the 80's will just love. And to listen to the electronic ballad "close to the sun" reminds you of a time when music was actually made by musicians and not youngsters casted by TV and voted winners for their good looks!! There are no fillers on this album - but strangely enough are the opener "devil come round" and the closer of the album 'love in the age of war' the weakest tracks on the album. But they are not bad at all though.

If you liked "The safety dance", thought bands like Bronski Beat, Human League, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure and the like are great bands then you will definately like this new Men Without Hats album. The sound is maybe a little dated but then again - I just love when the old 80's bands go back to their roots and produce great albums inspired by their own sound in the 80's (like the new Ultravox e.g.) It probably will not be a hit - but it should, and you will not regret if you buy. So my strong recommendation is: Don't hesitate to buy...!! Actually and to quote Nike: Just do it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick -Hellas on 10 Dec 2012
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Excellent new cd from one of the best synth pop bands of the 80's!A solid return to the days of "Rhythm Of Youth". Ivan is in great form and provides us with strong and catchy songs. Lou provides us with the female vocals and James Love with the guitars.My personal highlights are "The girl with the silicon eyes", "your beautiful heart" and "everybody knows" but all the tracks are very enjoyable. Hopefully the band is here to stay!
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Utterly gorgeous!
A perfect album packed full of classic Men Without Hats songs of Love and Pure Positivity. (and Groove!)
Great production and such a joy to hear Ivans voice again.
Some reviews say the rhymes in the songs are weak in places. I say they’re just right. Comforting and what the song needed. Nothing clever clever, just great simple caring, wise, wonderful songs.
I’ve always considered their album “Pop Goes The World” to be the ultimate perfect Pop “concept” album and had to buy many copies for friends. (back in the day before we all had CD burners!!) Now I consider this to be it’s 21st century equivalent and all my friends should own a copy.
Pure sunshine in a CD box.
They’re Back! Or, They’re Still Here!
BUY NOW.
Enhance your life, put a Groovy Smile on your face and don’t forget to Dance!
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Anyone who discovered MWH through their sublime 1982 album Rhythm of Youth is probably familiar with the sinking sensation of approaching each subsequent release that moves the band ever further from that point that achieved a pioneering synth-pop perfection. Maybe it's a nostalgia to not want a band to change, maybe it's a selfishness. Whatever, Love in the Age of War greets the fans of that '83 album warmly and wonders where they've been.
From the confident and energetic opener Devil Comes Round, this is Men Without Hats revisiting their early days and doing it in some style. Had the sublime Head Above Water been the follow-up single to Safety Dance, this Canadian band wouldn't be generally regarded as one-hit wonders. This War and Everybody Knows would also have seamlessly fitted into Rhythm of Youth. Ivan Doroschuk's distinctive voice doesn't seem to have aged, attacking each lyric with energy and that occasional yelp of delivery that adorns so many of the band's best tracks.
The band's slightly more recent albums do get a look in, with Love's Epiphany feeling like something off Folk of the 80s, and the title track harks back to Hey Men style tracks from 1989's ...In the 21st Century. Occasionally there's a slight sense of Ivan's solo album The Spell (especially the poor Your Beautiful Heart), though thankfully this doesn't happen very often. The only negative is the absence of a ballad of the type that I Sing Last and Ban the Game presented so well.
More please!
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