Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Album Review: The Men- Tomorrow's Hits

The Men
Tomorrow's Hits
***and1/2 out of *****

With each release The Men have been cleaning up their sound/production and formulating more straight ahead jams that indeed could become Tomorrow's Hits. If they just cleaned up (especially their vocals) a touch more, that tomorrow could easily change into today.

The fuzz and sputter of lo-fi can really be successful and this short collection of tunes has a distinct catchy direction. The first track "Dark Waltz" feels like a radio friendly number from 1974 with a groovy bass line and progression over the most clear and direct vocals on the disk. A buried guitar solo rings under the surface, gradually rising along with an engaging harmonica.

"Get What You Give" has a T-Rex feel and "Another Night" is swinging with a pumping sax like a lo-fi E-Street Band offering. The bands punkish roots are excellently elaborated upon with "Pearly Gates" which combines a Stooge like raucous swagger with rambling Dylan delivered lyric style; a true hoot.

If the vocals and lyrics only were given more detail and attention the group could easily rise above their current level as they continue to put out catchy riffs and beats. Perhaps their next release will combine all the bands influences but as it stands Tomorrow's Hits will do damn well for today. 
We really like these guys, and feel like this is the kinda rock and roll band we can get behind. However this album felt like it was on the cusp of something much more and just never got there, but as you can see from the stars up there we still dig it but we can't wait to see what they have in store next go around.

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