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The Men : New Moon
I am not sure exactly how it got to be such a pink and blue world. For whatever reason, it was just passed down through the ages that pink is for a girl and blue is for a boy. Sometimes things are truly different, and sometimes the only variation is merely the color. As any desperate husband has discovered when he is stuck shaving his face with the pink razor as a last resort. One great example of this xy, xx world was the television show “The Other Half”. After “The View” was such a big success on daytime television, someone had the sinister idea of creating a show that would have the same concept but with men. I know, I can’t believe that it was not a huge success either. Maybe it was the casting, the show was hosted by the unholy triumvirate of: Dick Clark, Danny Bonaduce and Mario Lopez. Or maybe it was the fact that it was just a really bad show on so many levels.
Women - 1, Men - 0.
This week we look at “New Moon” the fourth full length album from Brooklyn rockers The Men just released on Sacred Bones Records. Much like “The Other Half”, when one wonders what put those three hosts on the same stage, the same concept applies to some of the songs on this album. The Men seem to hop around from having a laid back country influence on a few songs to jumping into being a full on power punk band thrashing their way through many of the other cuts. Granted, this is not without precedence, after all their once was a world where “Gary’s Got a B***r” could live side by side next to “Sixteen Blue." But, just as the Replacements transitioned out of this phase, I seem to think The Men will also. I mean, it is not that I dislike Dick Clark or Mario Lopez individually, but together - not so much of a fan.
How about some Monday Moshing, check out The Men’s song “Electric” -
The album has a great garagey, low-fi production that seems to give some cohesiveness to the many styles at work here. But I can’t help feeling that The Men could be an even better mid-throttle rock band or an even more punishing full-throttle rock band if they choose to pick a lane. Me, I am a sucker for the slow jams, like their song “I Saw Her Face” -
Whichever path they choose to go down in the future, The Men certainly put out an album filled with tons of passion. And that is something you can’t fake.
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