That's definitely the case with Men Without Hats and their forthcoming album Love In the Age of War (out May 22nd).
The band's style really hasn't changed all that much over the years. The fidelity is sharper, and the production values are better, but the synth-pop sound of songs like "Devil Come Around" will make you think you were sucked into a time warp and plopped back in 1982.
The fast-paced beat of "Head Above Water" will get you moving. "The Girl With the Silicon Eyes" is a bizarre concept, but a compelling track. If you ever wondered what David Byrne would sound like singing "Temple Of Love", then you're in luck with "Everybody Knows".
The songs tend to be catchy as you are hearing them, but they have little staying power. You won't be humming these tunes in the shower any time soon.
The band have trouble sustaining your longing for nostalgia however. "Your Beautiful Heart" comes across as schlocky, while "Close To the Sun" is so slow it's actually painful to listen to.
With a little trimming Love In the Age of War would've made a fairly entertaining EP. As a full length though, you'll find yourself reaching for the 'Skip' button more than once.
Best tracks: "This War", "Head Above Water"
Track listing for Love In the Age of War:
- Devil Come Round
- Head Above Water
- Everybody Knows
- The Girl With the Silicone Eyes
- This War (Intro)
- This War
- Your Beautiful Heart
- Live and Learn
- Close To the Sun
- Love's Epiphany
- Love In the Age of War