Review: Men Without Hats release ‘Love in the Age of War”
“Love in the Age of War,” the first studio album in a decade from Canadian new wavers Men Without Hats, is a little like reuniting with an old friend.
Front man Ivan Doroschuk and crew deliver a vintage yet modern synth-driven sound that will remind fans of what they loved about this band in the first place. And it just might introduce their music to a whole new generation.
Several of the album’s high energy/high BPM tracks like “This War” and “Love’s Epiphany” are reminiscent of their catchy early material not named “Safety Dance” from 1982’s “Rhythm of Youth” and 1984’s “Folk of the 80s (Part III).” Others, including “Live and Learn” and “Head Above Water,” seem to channel the “Pop Goes the World” era.
The sound is melodic, fun and familiar, and far from stale.
Producer Dave “Rave” Ogilvie, whose resume includes work with industrial pioneers Skinny Puppy, Marilyn Manson and Killing Joke, balances Doroschuk’s unmistakable baritone voice with rich, pulsating drum and bass lines which, if given the chance, just might resonate on today’s dance floors.
Don’t expect another Safety Dance-esq mega-hit from “Love in the Age of War.” Though I could see several tracks, like “Devil Come Round,” “This War,” or “Live and Learn,” potentially breaking out.
Regardless, this album is still a great gift to fans regardless of what the Billboard charts say.