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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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

BFilo ,

Awesome

The men have grown musically throughout their albums yet it still retains an edge! Pearly Gates seems to be vindication of just that, I am definitely pre-ordering this album.

Jaegermeister7 ,

A Solid Rock Album

When I heard this I was very surprised to find a fairly new band playing solid seventies inspired music. While it is a bit derivitive, and the 2 slower songs are REALLY uninspired, it's a fun listen and the punk elements give it some extra oomph. No musical surprises but it's solid and track 3 is especially awesome.

Hippi-Kat ,

Sounds like just another bad bar band

So a band can rehash stuff from the Seventies and it's a good album that shows growth? Sure the guys in The Men are good musicians, but as a band, at least on "Tomorrow's Hits" they fail. I guess if you're from Brooklyn it's ok to totally rip off other bands and styles from the 70's, but if your from in-between the coasts you're unoriginal. There are countless bar bands across the country who can rip this sound. Anyone band "embrace" sounds, it takes creativity to come up with new ones.

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