MEN play Sneaky Dee's Saturday (March 12) at 10:15 pm as part of CMW. See listing. Rating: NN
Men's debut full-length album with Le Tigre's JD Samson on vocals is a conceptual dance pop record whose major themes deal with queer and leftist politics - not your standard chart-making fare. Unfortunately, the album's only redeeming qualities arise from its conceptual elements.
Originally a DJ project that turned into a full band, Men should've taken a cue from their friend Beth Ditto and pursued more current production trends and techniques. Instead, the album sounds slick yet redundant. Postpunk and dance influences are present, but the Brooklyn band never takes them far enough in any direction.
Sadly, Talk About Body has the flat, dated electro-pop sound of Le Tigre, who are still a few years away from needing a rebirth.
Top track: Simultaneously