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Each of the last three years has produced a new album from Brooklyn’s The Men, and each of those albums has only increased the cultish glow of adoration for the fervent rock band, which has proven itself both capable and uncompromising. Like the subjects of Michael Azerrad’s ’80s-underground bible, Our Band Could Be Your Life — a book The Men would’ve been featured in had they been making music 30 years ago — this is a band that believes in the saving grace of a sweaty, anthemic rock song.
Which makes New Moon all the more puzzling at first. “What is this? The new Elton John?” one would be forgiven for asking upon gentle, strum-und-piano-drang leadoff track “Open the Door.” A direct result of two weeks’ worth of cabin-and-campfire recording in the Catskills, New Moon has tracks like this one, but also like the one-two-three punch of “The Seeds,” “I Saw Her Face” and “High and Lonesome,” which call to mind Faces/Kinks jangle, Neil Young warble and Yo La Tengo, respectively. All of which is a precedent to the hardcore stomp of “The Brass” and the Sonic Youthian groove of “Electric,” so maybe these guys aren’t actually stepping as far outside… read more »