NO HATS BEYOND THIS POINT
ALBUM CLOUD 9 RELEASE: MAY,
2003 REVIEW: MAY 20, 2003
Without Hats will always have a special place in my heart. If nothing
else, then at least for all those late nights we used to spend dancing
drunkenly to them in our underwear. And early songs like "Antarctica",
"I Got the Message" and perfect pop single "The Safety
Dance" still make me smile from just thinking about them. So, it's
no doubt that at a time when a lot of early electronic music gets reevaluated
and discovered by a new generation, Men Without Hats should definitely
deserve some renewed attention.
But whether the world is really in need of a brand new album is an entirely
different question. I've always tried to stay clear of nostalgia, and
I'm afraid nostalgia would be the only reason for getting anything out
of "NHBTP" (meaning "No Hats Beyond This Point"...).
Singer Ivan's voice has kept it's charm, and the music is bouncy enough
to keep me interested. But only for a short while. The nursery rhyme-simple
melodies and a production thin like air make me grow weary in absolutely
no time at all.
I hope I'll get to party half-naked to Men Without Hats more times. But
it will definitely not be to any of the songs on this album.