The Men - Open Your Heart (2012) / Rating: 4/5
“Open Your Heart”, The Men’s third album is definitely an enjoyable listen. It’s not exactly packed with a lot of emotional depth, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be. The Men who originate from Brooklyn, continue to build off last year’s record, “Leave Home” which was an even more edgy/hard rock driven effort. Open Your Heart is less chaotic than Leave Home, and is more structured in terms of songwriting and songcraft. It has its moments of very quick bursts of fast tempo rock music, and then switches gears completely into 7 minute slow building instrumental ballads. This sort of back and forth keeps the listener engaged into wondering what exactly might be next? The Men are influenced by many hardcore and grunge bands of yesteryear, and some even consider The Men as being a “Post-Hardcore” band. That may or may not be an appropriate label, but I believe that they create very engaging music that can appeal to a lot of people.
Buy/Listen - The Men - Open Your Heart
//post by scott