So, wait â€“ everyoneâ€™s fine with this?
Brooklynâ€™s the Men have been attracting some media attention lately. Not internet attention â€“ the real kind; the square kind. The New York Times kind: in a write-up of their March 7 Williamsburg loft show, reporter Ben Ratliff vacillates between lauding the Men and disparaging them, although in the end he opts for the former. To Ratliff, they donâ€™t stand up to close analysis. â€œYou can wonder why the men in the Men donâ€™t want to be better: better singers, better players, better riff writers,â€ he writes. â€œReduce this band to its parts, and all the charm drains out of it.â€ Elsewhere, he notes that their songs â€œrun beyond their natural length and just keep goingâ€ and describes their performance as â€œslovenly.â€