Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic 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. 90
    With amps that are allowed to breathe with static and reverb, drums that clatter against a harsh delivery and with vocals that are unhinged and undeterred, the 'raw' adjective is a fitting superlative.
  3. Mar 21, 2012
    90
    Open Your Heart improves the band's focus even as it widens its range, ditching the harrowing, hacking-death-cough stuff and reaching for something more.
  4. 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.
  5. Mar 5, 2012
    90
    A phenomenal record by a band at a creative peak that's as fully realized and as utterly terrific as the myriad other peaks they've hit during their brief but already illustrious career.
  6. Open Your Heart is incredibly intricate and technically masterful.
  7. Mar 21, 2012
    88
    One of the more interesting rock albums in recent memory.
  8. Mar 13, 2012
    85
    It is a bright and rousing thing.
  9. Mar 5, 2012
    85
    Open Your Heart is smartly sequenced to metabolize genre and morph like a masterful DJ mix, subtly rationing out its true peaks even while seemingly going full-throttle throughout.
  10. Apr 6, 2012
    80
    You won't find it hard to reciprocate Open Your Heart's approach. [May 2012, p.79]
  11. Mar 22, 2012
    80
    It's a spirited distillation of three decades of leftfield rock tactics that has its pretty moments and its fearsome ones.
  12. Mar 16, 2012
    80
    Rather than insolently demanding your attention as most rock albums do, Open Your Heart possesses a wonderfully self-indulgent, insular quality.
  13. Mar 15, 2012
    80
    It's indie rock that actually rocks. From Brooklyn no less.
  14. Mar 14, 2012
    80
    Open Your Heart shows off a hugely expanded range of influences and an unerring sense of pacing.
  15. 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.
  16. 80
    The Men may not be hailed as the genre's saviors, nor should they be, but here they have done an excellent job as its purveyors.
  17. Mar 6, 2012
    80
    Open Your Heart's greatest triumph is its ability to hearken back without feeling retro.
  18. 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.
  19. Mar 6, 2012
    80
    The Men have decided to gift us with yet another 10 glorious songs.
  20. Mar 6, 2012
    80
    With Open Your Heart, the group refine things just enough--adding a drummer to free up the two-guitar assault, and backing off the recording distortion enough to widen the fan base a couple percentage points.
  21. 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.
  22. Open Your Heart is breezier and more tuneful than its predecessor, but this is very relative.
  23. Mar 5, 2012
    80
    A mainline noise-punk onslaught that roundly refused to cease and desist.
  24. Mar 15, 2012
    78
    With flashes of post-hardcore ferocity, country-fried slipperiness, and surf-rock hedonism bundled together in a full-throttle hook machine, Heart dances, burns, and most importantly, rocks.
  25. Mar 8, 2012
    75
    It's an album that purges the nastiness of its predecessor and switches things up enough without sacrificing its power, a template that hopefuly they remember to follow.
  26. Mar 30, 2012
    70
    It's just as loveably imperfect as its predecessor. The only shame is that it isn't more so.
  27. Mar 12, 2012
    70
    There's a tender heart beating beneath the evil distortion and punishing blitz.
  28. Apr 19, 2012
    60
    A more tasteful affair [than Leave Home], tapping into the 1980s underground's collegiate, powerpop end... plus straight-ahead rock-n-roll holler. [May 2012, p.82]
  29. 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.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »