In the 21st Century
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"You & Me" is absolutely pretty. Sweeping strings and lovely piano dominate in all the right places. The lyrics (sample: "Then I saw your face, and thought how life's so good to me; we were meant to meet each other in the middle of a mystery; We were meant to be together, You & Me") may not be pure poetry, but they are charming, and will have you singing along with the chorus on your first listen.
"Everybody's Selling Something" is one such barnstormer. This song really gets you moving! The Hats have come to be known for intelligent and quirky lyrics, and this song really shows off their talent for clever wordplay as well as their knack for perfect stadium pop/rock. This is one of the best of that type they have ever done.
I got through almost the entire song "S.O.S." before realizing where I had heard it before. They have turned a sucrose dripping ABBA song into a proud symphonic/rock tour de force. You just have to hear this! Lot's of fun is heard on "Eloise & I". Long before Tori Amos hammered the harpsichord in her anthems, the Hats were using it just like any other band instrument. In this song they use it for pounding rhythms as well as subtle twinkling. I'm sitting here bouncing all over my chair just humming it to myself. You will hum and bounce too!
These are just a few examples of why you should listen further to this group. There's lots more good stuff here, and on their other earlier collections. Don't let "Safety Dance" make you miss out on all the other things they offer. The Hats are realy fun to put on.
MWH has consistantly been a good pop band in the very truest sense of the word. This CD showcases lively songs, worldly thoughts, and insightful messages. Ivans voice is well rounded and is showcased in the prominent fashion it should be.
My only word of caution is this: If you are getting this just for the Safety Dance remix - don't. It's an instrumental that leaves much to be desired. And is in all honesty, the sore spot on a rather lovely collection of music.
Also... Ivan released a solo CD, that is simply put 'Proper pop' it's called "the spell". Check it out. It picks up where MWH's leaves off.. and then goes off on it's own path.
Most recent customer reviews
Men Without Hats WERE a good band and are one of my favorite bands today, but this was just a really bad album. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2002 by John Ritter
It's pretty good, not no where near as good as Pop Goes the World. The cover of S.O.S. is neat.Published on Feb. 19 1999