Men Women And Children
Men, Women And Children


3.5
great

Review

by Abaddon2005 USER (18 Reviews)
February 16th, 2007 | 6 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stand aside mr. Timberlake, Men, Women And Children are here to claim the 'most danceable record of 2006.' award.

After releasing Worship and Tribute with post-hardcore outfit Glassjaw, singer Daryl Palumbo put the band on hiatus, wanting to start a project that would reflect his love for other styles, most notably hip-hop and pop, which would become Head Automatica. Ironically, guitarist Todd Weinstock, who left the band after founding out the band had booked shows he wasn't notified of, started a similar sounding band, Men Women and Children.

While both Palumbo and Weinstock wanted to move away from the more serious side of Glassjaw to create ''fun'' music, both projects are still distinctly different. Because Palumbo is such an incredibly distinctive vocalist, connections to Glassjaw can still be made. Weinstock, instead of creating some faux of the Glassjaw sound, managed to create a band with a sound all of their own, with one of the more suprising influences coming from 70’s disco.

Like the summary says, each track on this album is incredibly catchy and invites you to start dancing. This has been done before, but the fact that MWAC have been working on these tracks for quite awhile make them truly stand out. The songs are wonderfully crafted, with great interplay between the different instruments, much like you’d find on early Elvis Costello records. In a way you could compare this to certain electronica, with keyboard/synth melodies molding with guitar lines and bass riffs to shape entire song structures. Because each instrument is playing a different part, rather than say, the bass following the guitar, there is a strong "greater than the sum of its parts" vibe created.
TJ Penzone is a vocalist who manages to walk the fine line between overly cheesy and giving a respectful nod to his influences, mainly 80's pop. His voice fits does fit the music very well, and he’s able to hit all the high notes with ease just like his heroes before him.
Though combining disco and/or 80’s synth-pop with modern pop-rock aspects isn't anything new, MWAC manages to make it their own sound rather than seeming to experiment with it.

Because the songs are of such a high quality, it wouldn't be out of line to say that this album has a lot of single-worthy material. Opener 'Dance in My Blood' is one of those openers that manages to summarize what awaits the listener on the rest of the album, in a positive way. Disco synths, wah wah guitar hooks, and a chorus that goes " You don't need a reason to get out on the dance floor, we can get it on and on, all night long" is enough to make anyone bust a move to say the least. 'Messy' should have been a smash hit, with a guitar hook that would make any pop producer jealous, while ‘Photosynthesis(We’re Losing O2)’ is more of a high energy rocker.
The lyrics on the album overall fit the music, with a strong tongue-in-cheek feel to them. If lyrics like “we're holding hands while burning, you’re 21, and second to none! or “ So give signs sweet girl for here there are none, and if the body's numb, then the feet will take over” irritate you, stay away.

The consistency that holds this album together, is also the knife in its back. While the album puts on an array of high quality material from beginning ‘till end without giving the listener a sense of fatigue, there isn’t a lot of versatility to be found. Every song manages to pack a punch, but what’s really missing here is a ballad or a slow song, something to allow the listener to catch their breathe in a 40 minute disco revival/pop-rock trip.
The other downside is that the band seems to be paving their way to their own demise. This is somewhat of a stand-out record, but it carves such a small niche for the band that it seems the only way to a sophomore album is a replica of this.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. For now, Men, Women and Children have released an excellent debut CD any fan of fun, danceable music should pick up.



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Abaddon2005
February 16th 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hopefully this turned out alright, when I clicked the 'submit review' button the first time around, it said ''please fill in all the fields'' and when I hit back it was all gone.. (luckily had an earlier version saved in Word.) but yeah, if you there are any spelling errors etc. which I missed, please point them out.

Edit: you can hear some songs at:
http://www.purevolume.com/menwomenandchildrenThis Message Edited On 02.16.07

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
February 16th 2007


4927 Comments


It's a pretty good review. I disagree completely though. I saw them twice unfortunately and they had one fun song (the first one) and the rest was a boring disco-fest. The songs sounded the same and I wasn't impressed at all. They are trying way too hard.

ToWhatEnd
February 17th 2007


3172 Comments


who this is oll


fragzombie
February 17th 2007


2 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

saw these guys open for motion city soundtrack, the songs were repetetive and boring except for one about monkeys and they dressed up like cavemen and hit each other wit a dino bone...lol

TeabaggerVance
May 15th 2008


10 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Really poor effort, generic cod-disco crap. Shame really because the first song's absolutely brilliant. Hard to believe any band could make one song so great and the rest so shit.

Dunpeal
July 14th 2010


3663 Comments



lol @ summary


don't think you'll catch me dancing to this, but some of it was ok and i saw these guys open for B.New and that's actually why i picked up their CD



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