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Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

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  • Record Label: Sacred Bones
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Hardcore, Indie Rock, Noise-Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Mar 6, 2012
    100
    With Open Your Heart, The Men have taken that breath. And it's only made their hearts beat faster.
  2. Mar 7, 2012
    90
    I don't think it would be a stretch to say The Men were picking up where The Replacements left off.
  3. Mar 21, 2012
    88
    One of the more interesting rock albums in recent memory.
  4. Mar 5, 2012
    80
    While the overall sound here isn't exactly unrecognizable from the band on Leave Home, there's definitely way more going on in terms of range and risk-taking.
  5. Mar 13, 2012
    80
    Open Your Heart is the most thrilling and exciting album of the year thus far and one that demands your immediate attention.
  6. Mar 6, 2012
    80
    With Open Your Heart, the Men achieve the elusive balance of growing their sound without diluting the intensity and attitude that made them great in the first place, weaving together their influences with fresh ears and a nuanced touch, making for one of the year's most satisfying listens.
  7. Apr 18, 2012
    60
    This album is worth a listen. It's too watered down to stand the test of time, but right now, it hits the spot.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 13, 2012
    10
    I don't know who gave this album a low score I can only imagine they must be dead.Sometimes "Open Your Heart" reminds me of the Wipers, sometimes it reminds me of Mission of Burma but it always reminds me of how great Rock and Roll can be!!! I'm kind of afraid to play this in my car, I'm not sure I could handle the speeding ticket. Expand
  2. Mar 10, 2012
    9
    Open Your Heart is simply amazing. Sure, these guys haven't figure out their style yet and there is a lot of exploration genre-wise. But here is the fact : there is not one single bad or boring song on this record. It shows a major progression in comparison with its predecessor, Leave Home, and the best is yet to come for The Men. In the mean time, they have just released one of the beast album this year so far. Expand
  3. Mar 20, 2012
    9
    Despite its consistency, Open Your Heart is a hard record to pin down. It jumps from idea to idea confidently, allowing you a brief moment of skepticism before kicking you in the teeth with another fantastic melody or riff. It sounds like the band is more assured in their experimentation and they prove they can work out a five or six minute instrumental jam without losing focus or listener attention, a welcome improvement over Leave Home. This album gives the impression The Men have grown into their sound, manifesting in a unique and entertaining listen not quite like anything else I've heard this year. Expand
  4. j30
    Mar 20, 2012
    9
    The unpredictable Open Your Heart by The Men shows the band's range without going off track too much, it's enthralling to listen to. The opening track sounds like it could be a Foo Fighters track, but then the album veers into progressive, instrumental bliss. Expand
  5. Mar 26, 2012
    9
    Breath of sweaty, gritty rock n roll air! While these guys aren't reinventing rock and they aren't saviours, this is a great rock record. For those like myself approaching 40, I've become jaded with hyped reviews and subpar bands. I think what makes this record so refreshing is that while you can hear classic influences such as Sonic Youth, The Stooges, Dinosaur Jr., Stiff Little Fingers, and the Replacements, they never seem to completely ape these bands. They just crank out honest rock and roll filled with a diverse array of buzzsaw riffs, squalling solos, but also bits of melody and building. Expand
  6. Mar 31, 2012
    7
    The ten songs contained on the Album - "Open Your Heart" of The Men formation are pure rock compositions - energetic, melodic and loud. The band draws from such genres as for ex. punk "Animal", "Open Your Heart", or indie rock "Candy", "Oscillation". Very solid proposal. Expand