Tomorrow's Hits (The Men album)

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Tomorrow’s Hits
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Studio album by The Men
Released 4 March 2014 (2014-03-04)
Recorded 2013, Strange Weather studios
Genre Indie rock, punk rock
Label Sacred Bones Records
The Men chronology
New Moon
(2013)
Tomorrow’s Hits
(2014)
Devil Music
(2016)

Tomorrow’s Hits is the fifth studio album by the Brooklyn punk rock band The Men released March 4, 2014 on Sacred Bones Records. [1]

Brooklyn Borough in New York City and county in New York state, United States

Brooklyn is the most populous borough of New York City, with an estimated 2,648,771 residents in 2017. Named after the Dutch village of Breukelen, it borders the borough of Queens at the western end of Long Island. Brooklyn has several bridge and tunnel connections to the borough of Manhattan across the East River, and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge connects Staten Island. Since 1896, Brooklyn has been coterminous with Kings County, the most populous county in the U.S. state of New York and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after New York County.

Punk rock is a rock music genre that developed in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. They typically produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels and other informal channels.

The Men (punk band) band

The Men are a rock band from Brooklyn, formed in 2008. The band consists of Mark Perro, Nick Chiericozzi, Rich Samis (drums), and Kevin Faulkner (Bass).

Contents

Recording

Production

Work on Tomorrow's Hits first began during the winter of 2012. The album was recorded at Strange Weather studios and was recorded before New Moon, the band's fourth studio album, was released. [2] The album's title was a tribute to the titles of compilation albums that were released during the 1960s. [3] The term "Tomorrow's Hits" had also previously appeared in the liner notes for New Moon. The neon sign on the album's cover was designed by Rich Samis and Kevin Faulkner. [4]

<i>New Moon</i> (The Men album) The Men album

New Moon is the fourth studio album by the Brooklyn punk rock band The Men, released March 5, 2013 on Sacred Bones Records. The album continued a trend set by the band's previous album Open Your Heart, with more melodic songs and less noise rock influences. The album incorporated influences from psychedelic music, Americana and country rock. New Moon received mostly positive reviews, with some critics praising the album's more accessible sound, while others criticizing the album's lack of focus.

Liner notes

Liner notes are the writings found on the sleeves of LP record albums and in booklets which come inserted into the compact disc jewel case or the equivalent packaging for vinyl records and cassettes.

Neon sign electrified, luminous tube lights

In the signage industry, neon signs are electric signs lighted by long luminous gas-discharge tubes that contain rarefied neon or other gases. They are the most common use for neon lighting, which was first demonstrated in a modern form in December 1910 by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show. While they are used worldwide, neon signs were popular in the United States from about 1920–1960. The installations in Times Square, many originally designed by Douglas Leigh, were famed, and there were nearly 2,000 small shops producing neon signs by 1940. In addition to signage, neon lighting is used frequently by artists and architects, and in plasma display panels and televisions. The signage industry has declined in the past several decades, and cities are now concerned with preserving and restoring their antique neon signs.

Music

The album mixes punk rock with classic rock influences. [5] [6] Artists that have been cited as influences includes Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger and The Rolling Stones. [7] [8] [6] The album also made heavy use of horns. [9] "Another Night" is a blue-eyed soul song. [8] "Pearly Gates" is a fast tempo song with blues influences. [10] [6] Writers have compared the track "Get What You Give" to Boston's "More Than a Feeling." [6] [5]

Classic rock is a radio format which developed from the album-oriented rock (AOR) format in the early 1980s. In the United States, the classic rock format features music ranging generally from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s, primarily focusing on commercially successful hard rock popularized in the 1970s. The radio format became increasingly popular with the baby boomer demographic by the end of the 1990s.

Creedence Clearwater Revival American roots rock band

Creedence Clearwater Revival was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s which consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty; his brother rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty; bassist Stu Cook; and drummer Doug Clifford. These members had played together since 1959, first as The Blue Velvets, and later as The Golliwogs. Their musical style encompassed roots rock, swamp rock, and blues rock. They played in a Southern rock style, despite their San Francisco Bay Area origin, with lyrics about bayous, catfish, the Mississippi River, and other popular elements of Southern United States iconography, as well as political and socially conscious lyrics about topics including the Vietnam War. The band performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Upstate New York.

Tom Petty American musician

Thomas Earl Petty was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He previously led the band Mudcrutch. He was also a co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

Release

The album was first announced on December 3, 2013. [1] The first single from the album, "Pearly Gates," was released January 8, 2014. [10] A second single from the album, "Another Night," was released on February 3, 2014. [8] A third single from the album, "Different Days," was released the next day. [11] Tomorrow's Hits was streamed in its entirety on February 25, 2014. [12] On March 5, 2014, a music video for "Pearly Gates" was released. The video, directed by Brian Chillemi, was influenced by road movies and features bikers, a police chase and a sacrificial cult. [13] [14]

Road movie film genre in which the main characters leave home on a road trip, typically altering the perspective from their everyday lives

A road movie is a film genre in which the main characters leave home on a road trip, typically altering the perspective from their everyday lives. Road movies often depict travel in the hinterlands, with the films exploring the theme of alienation and examining the tensions and issues of the cultural identity of a nation or historical period; this is all often enmeshed in a mood of actual or potential menace, lawlessness, and violence, a "distinctly existential air" and is populated by restless, "frustrated, often desperate characters". The setting includes not just the close confines of the car as it moves on highways and roads, but also booths in diners and rooms in roadside motels, all of which helps to create intimacy and tension between the characters. Road movies tend to focus on the theme of masculinity, some type of rebellion, car culture, and self-discovery. The core theme of road movies is "rebellion against conservative social norms".

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The A.V. Club B [6]
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [7]
Alternative Press Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [15]
Consequence of Sound A [16]
Drowned in Sound 8/10 [17]
Paste Magazine 8.3/10 [18]
Pitchfork Media 7.2/10 [19]
Popmatters 6/10 [20]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [21]
Spin 8/10 [22]
Uncut 9/10 [23]

Tomorrow's Hits has received generally positive reviews. On Metacritic, the album has a score of 73 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews." [24]

Metacritic is a website that aggregates reviews of media products: films, TV shows, music albums, video games, and formerly, books. For each product, the scores from each review are averaged. Metacritic was created by Jason Dietz, Marc Doyle, and Julie Doyle Roberts in 1999. The site provides an excerpt from each review and hyperlinks to its source. A color of green, yellow or red summarizes the critics' recommendations. It has been described as the video game industry's "premier" review aggregator.

Michael Madden of Consequence of Sound gave the album a grade of A, writing "Tomorrow’s Hits doesn’t boom like The Men’s early material (namely, 2010’s Immaculada and 2011’s Leave Home), but it’s more rousing instrumentally than last year’s New Moon." Madden continued: "Let’s face it: The Men have all the tools required to spur obsessive listeners." [16] Paste's Ryan Prado also gave the album a positive review, writing "Tomorrow’s Hits, is almost unfairly possessive of a foretelling title, seeing as how vanilla some of the songs can come off sounding. The record, however, is an accurate chronology of a working band’s prolific devotion to feeding the muse." [18] In another positive review, Spin's Jon Young wrote, "Given the stylistic zig-zagging, the Men can't claim a master plan, apart from keeping themselves entertained, which should suffice. For them, and for us." [22] Jazz Monroe gave the album a grade of 8 out of 10, writing, "The real genius of Tomorrow’s Hits is its shaking off not just fan expectations but the almighty shackles of credibility, innovation and, for want of a subtler term, corporate buzz-band etiquette." [17]

<i>Consequence of Sound</i> American music website

Consequence of Sound (CoS) is a Chicago-based online magazine featuring news, editorials, and reviews of music and movies. In addition, the website also features the Festival Outlook micro-site, which serves as an online database for music festival news and rumors.

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<i>Spin</i> (magazine) American magazine

Spin is an American music magazine founded in 1985 by publisher Bob Guccione, Jr. The magazine stopped running in print in 2012 and currently runs as a webzine, owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group division of Valence Media.

Matthew Fiander of Popmatters gave the album a mixed review, writing "There’s still a solid core to Tomorrow’s Hits, one that cleans up the band’s talents and puts them on display in innovative songs. Unfortunately, for every look forward on Tomorrow’s Hits, there’s another one still stuck in the past." [20] Tiny Mix Tapes also gave the album a mixed review, writing that the album "[comes] across as methodic in whichever mirror you choose to view it in." The review continued: "It’s their 'highest fidelity album yet,' but it actually being medium rare-fi in the grand relative scheme of the music fidelity scale seems boring." [25] At Alternative Press , Robert Ham rated the album three-and-a-half stars out of five, saying that "The majority of the tracks on Tomorrow's Hits feel like they were cooked in the backyards of Laurel Canyon with ambling rhythms, the lilt of lap steel guitar and an air of stoned desperation lingering over it all like smog." [15]

Track listing

  1. "Dark Waltz" - 5:13
  2. "Get What You Give" - 3:20
  3. "Another Night" - 5:28
  4. "Different Days" - 4:31
  5. "Sleepless" - 3:11
  6. "Pearly Gates" - 6:16
  7. "Settle Me Down" - 4:58
  8. "Going Down" - 3:41

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