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by The Men
Open Your Heart by The Men
Released: Mar 2012
Label: Sacred Bones Records
Perhaps the first truly great capital-R Rock album of 2012, Open Your Heart is a monument to Brooklyn post-hardcore squall and swoon, blending feral fuzz-guitar detonations ("I'm an animal!" "He's an animal!") into quieter, more pastoral country-fried comedowns. Fans who thrilled to the vivid ferocity of 2011's Leave Home might be puzzled by the slow-burn calm of (yes!) "Country Song" or "Candy," but the thrilling title track and Daydream Nation-style grandiosity of closer "Ex-Dreams" balance it all out splendidly. Plus you can use the record's first 12 seconds to sell a ton of Camaros.
Rob Harvilla
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