The fourth album from the prolific Brooklyn punks finds The Men in easily their most diverse form to date. While the songs are again generally administered at breakneck speed, Mark Perro and co. pepper their sound with even more folk, country and neo-Americana leanings this time around, making an altogether more interesting textural tapestry. The album kicks off, for example, with ‘Open The Door’, which sounds more Belle & Sebastian than Dead Kennedys, while ‘High and Lonesome’, an instrumental that touches on the Southern rock of Band of Horses, is the group’s most reflective moment yet, allowing Nick Chiericozzi’s sumptuous guitars to soar with delicious weightlessness. ‘The Seeds’ is another experiment, this time in straight up indie rock, but it’s pulled off as an unmitigated success. Early fans and angst aficionados needn’t fear, however, you’ll almost be able to taste the sweat as it condenses on the cold concrete walls during the high-octane triptych of ‘The Brass’, ‘Electric’ and ‘I See No One’.

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