http://assets-s3.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/bad8a63af88df79ef9cd606f627a72150b9ff5ea.jpg Open Your Heart

The Men

Open Your Heart

Sacred Bones
Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 3.5 0
April 11, 2012

Go draw yourself a nice, soothing bath. You're going to need one after spending some time with Brooklyn scuzz-noise maniacs the Men. Singer-guitarist Nick Chiericozzi does his best grizzly-bear impersonation over a pile-driver attack that recalls old-school indie evildoers like Cosmic Psychos or Unsane. It's the kind of thuggin' audacity one would expect from a bunch of dudes who stole a Ramones album title for last year's seethingly not-nice Leave Home. But, as with Joey Ramone himself, there's a tender heart beating beneath the evil distortion and punishing blitz. "Candy" is vulnerable Replacements-style junk country, and the title track is a plaintive torrent: "Even if she says no/I won't let it go," Chiericozzi hollers. Hey, little girl, he wants to be your boyfriend – or else!

Listen to "Open Your Heart":

Photos: Random Notes

Album Review Main Next


Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...


Sort by:
    Read More
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.


    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories


    Nelly Furtado with Timbaland | 2006

    This club-oriented single featuring Timbaland, who produced Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, was Furtado’s sexy return after the Canadian singer's exploration of her Portuguese heritage on Folklore. "In the studio, initially I didn’t know if I could do it, 'cause Timbaland wrote that chorus," Furtado said. "I'm like, 'That's cool, but I don't know if I'm ready to do full-out club.'" The flirty lyrics are a dance between a guy and girl, each knowing they will end up in bed together but still playing the game. "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song,' she said, "because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."

    More Song Stories entries »