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on 13 September 2007
Men At Work seemed to me to be a band out of their time. I first became interested when I heard their US hit, 'Who Can It Be Now?' They sounded as if they'd taken up the mantle of late 1970s music, like The Cars' debut album, their sound dominated by guitars and sax rather than keyboards. As such, they were a refreshing diversion. The better-known hit, 'Down Under' is probably thought of as their signature tune, but 'Who Can It Be Now?' fits that role better. A song about a down-on-his-luck man who daren't answer the door, it reflects the band's personal struggles when they formed and the ironic name they gave themselves.
The album is full of great tunes, carried off in a perky manner. The first half of the album is perfect pop, culminating in the breathless 'Helpless Automaton.' They take more risks on the second half, particularly with the long, slow closing track, hardly putting a foot wrong. It is too pop to have the depth of a truly classic album, but it is one of the best pop albums of the 1980s and, at the price, fantastic value. One to be enjoyed.