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The Drift

The Men

The Drift

Seventh studio album from the Brooklyn post-hardcore punk five-piece

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Sacred Bones
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  1. 8.0 |   DIY

    Wilfully experimental and typically fluid
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  2. 8.0 |   Clash

    ‘Drift’ see’s songwriters Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi reflect on a decade of relentless experimentation to produce an album that truly showcases both their versatility as musicians and the many dimensions of The Men’s musical canon
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  3. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The great thing about The Men is that, although this is their seventh album, they rarely sound like the same band, except, just to contradict myself, you can kind of always tell it’s them
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  4. 7.5 |   Loud And Quiet

    Muting the guitars allows the Men to explore new forms of intensity with vocals and alternate instrumentation
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  5. 7.4 |   Earbuddy

    The Men drift back to their longtime label Sacred Bones and pick up where they left off
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  6. 7.2 |   Paste Magazine

    With the aptly-named Drift, the band manage to find even more sounds to try, while still hitting the sonic touchstones of their most notable work
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  7. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Drift risks seeming incoherent; no-one can say The Men ever fail to surprise, though. Print edition only

  8. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Drift is the first true curveball from Brooklyn band the Men in their ten years together
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  9. 6.6 |   Pitchfork

    After a stressful period of reinvention, the band frolics in greener grass, following its wandering muse wherever it leads
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  10. 6.5 |   The 405

    Drift is like a Reader’s Digest you find in a waiting room: fun to leaf through and containing a few exciting passages, but too scattered to stick with you in even the short-term
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  11. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    In the arc of the band’s career, Drift is a step up from Devil’s Music (2016), which attempted to recreate Leave Home’s career-making abrasion with little of its viscerality
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  12. 6.0 |   All Music

    The album's scope and ambition are admirable, but the group sound best when they're full of energy, and their slower, more reserved moments can be difficult to get excited over
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  13. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Drift sees The Men return to Sacred Bones and higher production values, but in their typically skittish style can't see them settle on one particular style or genre
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  14. 6.0 |   music OMH

    A lot of it is just average, which is probably the worst thing you could say about a band as mercurial as this
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  15. 5.0 |   Exclaim

    At their best, the Men imbued borrowed styles with urgency and fervor. Drift attempts to conjure the same spirit, but it's too divided and derivative to be vital
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  16. 4.9 |   Gig Soup

    ‘Drift’ is all about rediscovery, about realising your capabilities, whether musically or emotional, but with a strong sense of absence and lethargy, The Men just sound fed up
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  17. 4.2 |   A.V. Club

    Where other records by The Men showed they could pull from someone else’s playbook and make something their own, Drift’s hodgepodge of styles ultimately makes The Men sound like they couldn’t settle on what they wanted to do
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  18. 4.0 |   Record Collector

    With its garage production job, loud tinny drum tracks and an overriding sparseness hanging between each instrument, Drift resembles a very promising demo tape for an album yet to come to proper fruition
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  19. 4.0 |   Under The Radar

    The Men have drifted from progression towards fruitless diversion and procrastination. A decade in listeners deserve something more committed, and the band's 10-year legacy merits more than a record that leaves no imprint
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