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We’ve seen a few records in recent weeks where promising young bands have cashed in some of their noisy urgency for a more grown-up and melodic approach, notably the impressive efforts from Mazes and Iceage, and this time it’s former noise-rockers The Men’s turn, with their fourth album ‘New Moon’.Gone are the amp-frying theatrics of their first couple of records, as ...

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New Moon by The Men
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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 26 February 2013

We’ve seen a few records in recent weeks where promising young bands have cashed in some of their noisy urgency for a more grown-up and melodic approach, notably the impressive efforts from Mazes and Iceage, and this time it’s former noise-rockers The Men’s turn, with their fourth album ‘New Moon’.

Gone are the amp-frying theatrics of their first couple of records, as they plunge headlong into the indiepop direction which the last album hinted towards. This is warm, mid-paced indie rock with touches of grunge and Americana, kind of like you’d expect from a band like Titus Andronicus if they listened to even more Neil Young than they already do. Which isn’t to say it’s bad, but I expect fans of The Men’s older stuff to have mixed feelings about this stylistic u-turn.

There are definite highlights here; ‘I Saw Her Face’ has a sweet jam at the end like Woods at their most fried crossed with Crazy Horse getting loud and loose, and ‘The Brass’ is a blown-speaker speed punk blast which shows us they’ve not forgotten their noise roots entirely. Whether the new, more country-inflected direction is a good move is a matter of opinion but either way at least they’re treading unfamiliar (to them at least) ground.


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