Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New Music Review: The Men-New Moon

 The Men-New Moon
Average Score: 75
 [Sacred Bones]
Available At: emusic, Amazon MP3 & CD

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90 Consequence Of Sound
Sacrificing recklessness is different from sacrificing passion, and New Moon cements The Men as one of the most exciting rock acts today, no matter who they’re listening to or, most importantly, who they’re redefining.
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84 Paste
The Men cover a lot of ground on New Moon, with consistently solid returns.
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83 The A.V. Club
For now, though, New Moon stands as it is: a homey, gut-warming batch of tunes that erratically juggle nostalgia, craft, and ass-kicking abandon.
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82 Pitchfork
New Moon follows through on that promise but inevitably discovers that, when you do open your heart, blood gets spilled.
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80 AllMusic
Fortunately for fans of their punishing past, New Moon smoothes out the edges without getting rid of them completely, leaving just enough rough patches here and there to remind listeners that there's still plenty of muscle hiding just below their languid fa├žade.
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80 Pop Matters
New Moon is one of those excellent albums that’s going to divide opinion, especially among long-standing fans of the band.
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70 No Ripcord
New Moon shows The Men, who have always been admired for their ability to pull such diverse influences but held back for their lack of originality, expanding their horizons and coming into their own.
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70 Tiny Mix Tapes
The Men have simply absorbed another musical language and are trying to speak through it and the other languages they’ve spoken through on previous albums, trading Spacemen 3 or The Buzzcocks for Dusty Springfield (“Freaky”). Some don’t work (“Saw Her Face,” parts of “Half Angel Half Light”), some do really well (“The Brass,” “Electric”).
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40 Slant Magazine
Whenever the Men establish any semblance of momentum, they quickly squander it.
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