Come on then, let’s get wacky. MEN are a trio spearheaded by JD Samson of Le Tigre who play vibrantly coloured electro pop whilst wearing boiler suits. That is what ‘art/performance collectives’ do, and ‘Talk About Body’ is proof that MEN do it quite well. Things start off with ‘Life’s Half Price’. An arty disco track, it comfortably defends MEN’s current live slots supporting Peaches, especially once its cutesy bounce dips into a darker rabbit hole where swearing is allowed. At over five minutes long though, it does go on, seemingly forever, and we’ve still got eleven lengthy, chirpy (like, children’s entertainer chirpy) numbers to get through. It doesn’t help that by track two (‘Off Our Backs’) it’s quite apparent that MEN sound a hell of a lot like New Young Pony Club. Glimmers of LCD Soundsystem aside, MEN are fun enough… until they’re annoying.

By Sean Denning

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