The Men - Drift
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2018 Ratings: #600 / 673
User Score
Based on 39 ratings
2018 Ratings: #566
March 2, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sacred Bones / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Northern Transmissions

‘Drift’ is a boundary-less album made by a group that relish the chance to spread their influences far and wide.

Wilfully experimental and typically fluid, ‘Drift’ is an album that will keep you on your toes. Its constant shifting might make it harder to be bowled over by it straight away, but then who said the good things in life should always come so easily?
To coincide with their ten-year anniversary, the band are returning with their seventh album ‘Drift’ – their most organic and subdued record to date yet somehow arguably their most surprising effort.
God Is in the TV
The great thing about The Men is that, although this is their seventh album, they rarely sound like the same band, except, just to contradict myself, you can kind of always tell it’s them. It’s a puzzle I haven’t quite worked out yet, and quite frankly I’m not entirely sure I want to. Another fine album indeed.
Spectrum Culture
The music is as intense as ever, but by different means—there are guitars, sure, but used in unexpected and non-obvious ways, especially for a band so good at rocking out.

With the aptly-named Drift, the band manage to find even more sounds to try, while still hitting the sonic touchstones of their most notable work.


By no small stretch, Drift is the Men's most spacious album to date, but it's addition by subtraction, as this particular set of songs wouldn't be as strong if they were played with more muscle.


Drift is the sound of a de-stressed band following its wandering muse wherever it leads, with seemingly little concern for how the end results fit together. As such, it is at once their most eclectic record and their most erratic.

The 405

Drift is like a Reader’s Digest you find in a waiting room: fun to leaf through and containing a few exciting passages, but too scattered to stick with you in even the short-term.

The Skinny

Drift sees the band return to Sacred Bones and higher production values, but in their typically skittish style The Men can't seem to settle on one particular style or genre.

Tiny Mix Tapes

In the arc of the band’s career, Drift is a step up from Devil’s Music (2016), which attempted to recreate Leave Home’s career-making abrasion with little of its viscerality. On the other hand, with nearly every song on the album performed in a different style, Drift lacks the cohesion of The Men’s less acclaimed albums.

The album's scope and ambition are admirable, but the group sound best when they're full of energy, and their slower, more reserved moments can be difficult to get excited over.

True to its name, Drift ambles along without any sense of coherence or direction. It takes each of the band's established styles in slightly different directions, only to stall out at dead ends.

'Trying to please everyone but pleasing no one’ isn’t even the approach’s biggest failure, it’s the fact that ‘Drift’ is the perfect example of an album that has no idea what it really wants to be.
A.V. Club

Where other records by The Men showed they could pull from someone else’s playbook and make something their own, Drift’s hodgepodge of styles ultimately makes The Men sound like they couldn’t settle on what they wanted to do.

Under The Radar

The Men have drifted from progression towards fruitless diversion and procrastination. A decade in listeners deserve something more committed, and the band's 10-year legacy merits more than a record that leaves no imprint.

El retorno a Sacred Bones de los asalvajados neoyorquinos tras su decepcionante LP autoproducido no se acerca aún al gran nivel de sus primeros trabajos, pero ya vuelven a oler a goma quemada. Resultado: regular. Margen de mejora: infinito.
El retorno a Sacred Bones de los asalvajados neoyorquinos tras su decepcionante álbum autoproducido no se acerca aún a las cotas alcanzadas en sus primeros ejercicios, pero ya vuelven a oler a goma quemada. Resultado: regular. Margen de mejora: infinito.
Favorite tracks: Rose on Top of the World, Killed Someone
This is easily the most tame we’ve heard The Men, and no amount of late album truly twisted songs can change that. But I think what really makes this album just average overall is just how all over the place it is. On “Drift” The Men don’t stick with a single sound for more than a couple of minutes. Not in an exciting way, in a way that really sounds like they have no idea on where to go moving forward. Amongst these sounds we have some that really work, like a much ... read more
Enjoyed the men's previous releases but this one isn't doing it for me, I don't know, doesn't seem to flow very well
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Track List

  1. Maybe I'm Crazy
  2. When I Held You in My Arms
  3. Secret Light
  4. Rose on Top of the World
  5. So High
  6. Killed Someone
  7. Sleep
  8. Final Prayer
  9. Come to Me
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Added on: January 9, 2018