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Chaotic Platters

Reviewed by Chase Hoffberger, May 31, 2013, Music

The Men

New Moon (Sacred Bones)

Great albums have arcs. They have beginnings and ends, crescendos and centerpieces. They catch you off guard, make you remember every song, and queue up on your Spotify, in your car, and on your phone. Fourth LP New Moon finds Brooklyn fivepiece the Men shedding five years of crashing and burning within the first seven seconds of lead track "Open the Door." Acoustic guitars come into play this round, along with pianos and harmonicas ("Bird Song"), shared vocals ("Half Angel Half Light"), and contained chaos ("The Brass"). It'll evoke memories of Wilco's Being There ("Open the Door"), GNR around Lies ("The Seeds"), and Neil Young doing "Big Time" ("Freaky"). 2014 marks another Year of the Horse. (Fri., 12:15am, Red 7)


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