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    Default MEN - Talk About Body

    pop/alt/electronic, take your pick
    tired of cluttering up the alt, and sometimes I don't know electronic from my ass, so I pick pop
    whatever it is too dance oriented for me
    some decent lyrics in some tracks but not the included one

    Grade - 1.2

    released Feb 1st, 2011

    from the album - Off Our Backs - 1.0

    from all music


    The Brooklyn, NY-based feminist art/music collective MEN began in 2007 as a DJ/remix project of J.D. Samson and Johanna Fateman while their band Le Tigre was on hiatus. During that time, Samson also began working on songs with her project Hirsute, which featured Ginger Brooks Takahashi of LTTR and the Ballet and the Ladybug Transistor's Michael O’Neill. Eventually, Takahashi and O’Neill became core members of MEN along with Samson, while Fateman and writer Emily Roysdon became consultants. The band’s sound evolved into a sharp-edged fusion of dance-punk and electro-pop, while their lyrics expressed the desires and troubles of feminists and the LGBT community. MEN released a few singles over the years, including Off Our Backs and Credit Card Babies, and toured with Peaches and the Gossip before IAMSOUND issued their debut album, Talk About Body, in 2011.

    Album Review

    MEN, the art/music collective formed by Le Tigre's J.D. Samson, formed in 2007 but didn’t release their debut album, Talk About Body, until four years later. However, it’s clear that the band -- which also features Ginger Brooks Takahashi and Samson's Le Tigre bandmate Johanna Fateman as a collaborator -- spent that time well, honing its sound and message into something equally appealing and radical. Given MEN's pedigree, it’s not surprising that the band’s kinetic fusion of disco, punk, indie rock, and synth punk echoes not only Le Tigre, but also Peaches (with whom Samson toured as part of her live band), the Gossip, and Chicks on Speed -- all groups of women and men who don’t conform to prescribed gender roles or expectations. However, Talk About Body has a much more polished sound than most of those other acts’ output, all the better to balance MEN's often blunt lyrics. “My life! My crime! My gift to you is a mercy ****!,” Samson wails on the album’s opening salvo, “Life’s Half Price.” On the fiery “Boom Boom Boom,” which recalls a more approachable version of Chicks on Speed's attacks on the status quo, she demands government-sponsored sewing machines instead of another war, and capitalism, cold hard cash, and the disturbing ease with which people are turned into commodities are frequent targets on Talk About Body. Yet the album is much more than a women’s studies course pack set to music. Even the title attempts to bridge the gap between the mental and the physical, between thinking and dancing. “Take Your Shirt Off” pairs a booty-shaking beat with ambivalent words, while “Off Our Backs” flips the title of lesbian erotica magazine On Our Backs and channels some of Le Tigre's joyfully subversive spirit. And just when Talk About Body threatens to become strident, MEN show their vulnerable and sentimental sides with songs like the anthemic “Simultaneously” and shout-outs to influences and loved ones like “My Family” and “Rip Off,” which name-checks Gang of Four and Orange Juice. A firebrand debut album, Talk About Body celebrates the struggle and freedom in defying easy classification.

    Track Listing

    1 Life's Half Price MEN , Roysdon 5:26
    2 Off Our Backs MEN 4:38
    3 Credit Card Babies MEN 3:51
    4 Boom Boom Boom MEN , Roysdon 4:06
    5 Take Your Shirt Off MEN 4:23
    6 Who Am I to Feel So Free Fateman, MEN , Roysdon 3:19
    7 Make It Reverse Fateman, MEN , Samson 3:20
    8 Simultaneously MEN 6:29
    9 If You Want Something MEN 4:35
    10 Rip Off MEN 4:14
    11 My Family MEN , Nestor 3:30
    12 Be Like This MEN 5:19
    “A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.”
    Will Rogers

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    sounds like the album cover is the best part of the album

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