Compared to Leave Home’s murky smear of scream-fueled, shoegaze-shrouded punk, Open Your Heart is practically a party album.
The Men’s Open Your Heart has the good sense to utilize its influences as a means to go forward, cultivating an eclectic albeit consistent brand of independent rock n’ roll music.
It rages, rages more, tapers off, creeps up behind you, knocks your block off, takes a step back, then does those last two simultaneously – and that’s just the first half of the album.
Open Your Heart is both tremendously physical and friendly, knocking you on your ass one second, then immediately helping you back up to put a beer in your hand.
With Open Your Heart, the group refine things just enough
Overall, ‘Open Your Heart’ is breezier and more tuneful than its predecessor, but this is very relative.
The Men may not be hailed as the genre’s saviors, nor should they be, but here they have done an excellent job as its purveyors.
The Men have crafted a wonderfully accessible record with increased focus and improved song writing, even if there is still more to be developed upon
Even if it’s over-seasoned with idolatry, there’s still an awful lot to like about this record, and more than a few moments to love.
At the end of the day, the Men aren’t quite all they’re cracked up to be, but even a bitter cynic like me has to admit, this album is worth a listen.
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