The Men

Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)

SXSW 2012 Records

The Men

Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)

Screw art, the Men are just looking for a good time. A boozy, rocks-off enterprise, the Brooklyn quartet's obsessed with building the merriest rock & roll out there, and its third album, Open Your Heart, is the closest it's come to immaculate debauchery. Opener "Turn It Around" blows the doors off with a mainlined, Grohl-aping pummel; the seven-minute rev-up jam "Oscillation" radiates emphatic freshness, and the languid, bar-stool jaunt "Candy" vibes like an Exile on Main Street outtake. It adds up to a sound that feels brisk, lively, and devoid of any pessimism or irony. With flashes of post-hardcore ferocity, country-fried slipperiness, and surf-rock hedonism bundled together in a full-throttle hook machine, Heart dances, burns, and most importantly, rocks. (Wed., 1am, Elysium)

***.5

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