5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I was drawn to this by the 1970's style cover and after listening to a couple of samples downloaded it. I had never heard of The Men before but this is their fourth and most expensively produced album to date - apparently. Well it sounds like the band are having an absolute blast, the opening track is `Dark Waltz' and is like a driving anthem with a run off that doesn't want to end it just stomps its way through with a melody fighting to get out and a great piano banging away. We even get guitar and harmonica solos - one lyric says `tried to double park my dreams' - ruddy marvellous.
Track 2 `Get what you give', is equally great but also completely different and after the intro it kicks in with a simple but very effective beat and an easy on the ear melody and I am sure we have hand claps in there too - which is always a mark of genius (or having run out of instruments). `Another Night' though sounds like a refugee from a `Blues Brothers' out take as it features a horn section that makes this sound like a lost sixties' classic. The mood keeps on changing though and some of these feel like they were done in one take - which is actually a good thing. `Sleepless' slows it down a tad but still manages to fit in with the rest of the album. Now this is only eight tracks but is a case of quality over quantity as they have cut out any song that wasn't up to muster in their sessions.
`Pearly Gates' is a bit like Captain Beefheart meets Chuck Berry and for me is the hardest song to like here. `Settle Me Down' is much more melodic and borders easy or at least `cumfy' listening with a laid back vocal but still all the instruments are working away with some lovely lead guitar. I have been listening to this for a week or more now and this was a whim purchase as I had three other CD's to listen to; so I have been more than pleasantly surprised by the original and surprising album. I shall be getting their back catalogue now - I now know what I have been missing.
on 17 October 2014
Since 2011’s drone and feedback laden debut Immaculada, Brooklyn’s The Men have grown into a fully fledged rock band. Tomorrow's Hits is the first album recorded in a high-end studio, but it was conceived in a bedroom where the band rehearsed for three months, producing over 40 demos.
Ironically these hits for tomorrow sound like 20th century rock and pop. The songs follow a typical format, but the band’s straight forward recording approach gives them energy and a distinctive lo-fi edge. The eight songs were recorded live during a two day studio session resulting in high fidelity recordings with a raw, scuzzy finish.
On Tomorrow's Hits, “Dark Waltz” is a foot stomping rock’n’roll opener with a drum beat that keeps nearly going out of time. The following “Get What You Give” opens with a lazy psychedelic riff and softer vocals, but soon explodes into another solid rock number. The hi and lo-fi come together best on “Different Days”, with distortion drenched guitar and keyboard duelling in a tight groove and the six-minute bluesy rock-out “Pearly Gates”. It sounds like a late night jam in a New York basement bar, a frenzied, intoxicated sprawl of a song sharply rendered in the studio.
Along with these highlights there are songs which don’t quite hit the mark. Rough vocals buried in the mix work well on the louder tracks but it makes the melancholy “Settle Me Down” less emotive. “Another Night” is a sweet 80s style rock number, with sax blaring over bouncy keyboard and guitar riffs but rather than winding up around the three minute mark it rambles on with an extended instrumental section.
On their fifth album The Men have a cleaner, mightier sound which is technically more accomplished but veers towards the middle of the road. Their punk roots are evident but it feels like too much of the dirt has been polished off.
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on 8 June 2014
Reviews of this album have been somewhat mixed, but the main beef seems to be that the punkish energy of their earlier LPs isn't there any more. In reality the energy is still there but the group has quickly grown up as recording artists, and their efforts are now showing a maturity that only comes with age.
It's not a killer record but it's still a very good one.
on 21 May 2014
The bewildering progression of the Men continues. Got all the band's full length releases so far. They are both prolific and mercurial, changing their musical style from album to album. This one is probably their most conventional sounding release, with better song craft, as their earlier stuff was pretty raucous punky rock. Not quite living up to the rave reviews in the quality music press, but very good all the same. Can't wait to see where they go next.