New Moon (CD)


The Men

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Amoeba Review

03/04/2013

The Men go Wilco on New Moon, an album that largely breaks with the bracing post-hardcore sound of last year’s Open Your Heart and its predecessor, Leave Home. For listeners expecting the sound of those records, the jangly acoustic guitar and piano that open the album on “Open the Door” are a bit jarring, as are singer Mark Perro’s vocals, which sound road-weary rather than fresh-faced as before. The change makes more sense on songs like “Half Angel Half Light,” a power-folk barnburner that retains the energy of their previous work while showcasing the band’s apparent desire to create songs with more of an emotional impact. You could hardly call New Moon a folk record, though. “I Saw Her Face” begins as a two-chord, Crazy Horse-style psych rocker, sounding fine and grimey until the band says “f*ck it” and breaks into a full tilt gallop for the song’s thrilling final portion. From here on out, after the instrumental “High and Lonesome,” which sounds like Galaxie 500 on a country kick, the album grows stronger, as The Men are decent songwriters, but they’re a spectacular rock band. “The Brass” is pure Stooges-style fury; and “Electric” throws care to the wind and deals out good ol’ indie rock of the highest caliber, with thrilling breaks and ascendent riffs. It’s on these songs that New Moon truly shines.

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Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Open the Door
The Men 03:00
2.
Half Angel Half Light
The Men 03:18
3.
Without a Face
The Men 02:46
4.
The Seeds
The Men 04:18
5.
I Saw Her Face
The Men 05:22
6.
High and Lonesome
The Men 02:42
7.
The Brass
The Men 03:22
8.
Electric
The Men 03:16
9.
I See No One
The Men 03:23
10.
Bird Song
The Men 04:14
11.
Freaky
The Men 02:25
12.
Supermoon
The Men 07:59

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