8 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brooklyn’s The Men release their fifth album in five years, sounding ever more like the last band standing at the end of a long night. The “Highway 61 Revisited”–like blast of “Pearly Gates” is several steps off the hook, with slide guitar, harmonica, and pounding piano creating a chaos that’s always been the true sound and spirit of rock ’n’ roll. In 2014, not many bands rock with this abandon without mirroring their heroes too closely. The Men have earned comparisons to The E Street Band and The Replacements along the way, though, thankfully, they aim away from the tortured-soul antics. “Settle Me Down” nails a midtempo rock ’n’ roll feel. Despite tracks being recorded in a “high-end studio” and being “their highest fidelity album to date,” according to their press materials, there’s still anarchic fun, considering the songs were recorded in two days and tracked live. No matter how they clean it up, it dirties up all over again. With tunes like “Going Down” and “Another Night” (complete with horn section), The Men might not have hits, but they have classics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brooklyn’s The Men release their fifth album in five years, sounding ever more like the last band standing at the end of a long night. The “Highway 61 Revisited”–like blast of “Pearly Gates” is several steps off the hook, with slide guitar, harmonica, and pounding piano creating a chaos that’s always been the true sound and spirit of rock ’n’ roll. In 2014, not many bands rock with this abandon without mirroring their heroes too closely. The Men have earned comparisons to The E Street Band and The Replacements along the way, though, thankfully, they aim away from the tortured-soul antics. “Settle Me Down” nails a midtempo rock ’n’ roll feel. Despite tracks being recorded in a “high-end studio” and being “their highest fidelity album to date,” according to their press materials, there’s still anarchic fun, considering the songs were recorded in two days and tracked live. No matter how they clean it up, it dirties up all over again. With tunes like “Going Down” and “Another Night” (complete with horn section), The Men might not have hits, but they have classics.

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