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Men At Work - 1985 Two Hearts

ARTIST: Men At Work
ALBUM: Two Hearts
SERIAL: CK 40078
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 1990, Pickwick (Aust), PKD-3089 * 2011, Northworld Recordings, NW0027CD


LINEUP: Colin Hay - vocals, guitars, bass, piano, electric sitar, drum programming * Greg Ham - keyboards, sax, drum programming, vocals * Ron Strykert - guitars, bass, pedal steel * Jeremy Alsop - bass * Mark Kennedy, J. Hackett - drums, percussion * James Black - guitars * George Butrumus - piano accordion * Rene Geyer, Kate Ceberano - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Man With Two Hearts * 02 Giving Up * 03 Everything I Need * 04 Sail To You * 05 Children On Parade * 06 Maria * 07 Stay At Home * 08 Hard Luck Story * 09 Snakes And Ladders * 10 Still Life

Truth be told, I never cared for Men At Work when they first hit the scene and grew more and more tired of them as the 80's wore on. There was no escape from 'Who Can It Be Now?' and 'Down Under' on the radio or MTV and what the hell was Vegemite? (a yeast based paste used for spreading on sandwiches.. very popular in Aussie and NZ.. lol! Ed) Yes, this radio friendly Oz version of Talking Heads I could have done without, but in 1985 they released an album for more suited to my tastes - 'Two Hearts'. Plenty of changes had taken place since their previous zillion selling album 'Cargo' with drummer Jerry Speiser and bassist John Rees handed walking papers, leaving remaining Men - Colin Hay, Greg Ham and Ron Strykert to their own electronic devices and a bevy of session players.

The Songs
The streamlining of Men At Work was a wise choice musically. The core sound is still here, but leaning more towards sophisticated pop and less goofball reggae. There's a nice flow to 'Two Hearts' and songs like 'Giving Up' and the album's first single 'Everything I Need' proved Hay and Ham could write good pop without resorting to parody. Side two's 'Maria' is my personal favourite on the record with its delightful melody, electric sitar and vocal duet with Rene Geyer. A real charmer as is 'Snakes And Ladders' and I'm struck, even with the use of drum programming how restrained the production is. With the exception of 'Stay At Home', nothing here is really over the top or 'dated' which is a testament to the talents of Hay and Ham who both share production credit.

In Summary
A nice record and very recommended, but 'Two Hearts' is the last we would hear from Men At Work until 1996 and a reunion tour of South America which produced the live CD 'Brazil'. The band performed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics but have not been seen since and it's probably for the best since I'm not sure the world needs or is ready for a Men At Work reunion this late in the game.

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#1 | dangerzone on December 23 2008 14:36:32
This album is awful in my opinion. No wonder these guys faded away so way
#2 | Eric on March 03 2012 23:47:38
Back in print on CD, reissued on the UK's North World label in 2011. No bonus tracks though.
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