DE MENS "Sex verandert alles"
(1999 Play It Again Sam - BIAS 380 CD)
Songs (click on the -icons
for audio) 1.
Het einde van de eeuw
2. Sex verandert alles
5. Als ik bij mij ben
7. Lukt het met hem ?
8. Mijn bloem
10. Ik was een wrak, ik was een zombie
12. Eenzaam onder jou
14. Ik bid voor een DJ
15. Is er een plaats
16. Zomer zonder spijt
- Frank vander Linden : voice, guitar & stuff
- Dirk Jans : drums, voice & stuff
- Michel De Coster : bass & legs
- Jan Leyers (keyboards on "Lukt het met hem ?")
- Mario Caldato Jr. (counting on "Supermodel")
Produced & mixed by Dirk Jans & Frank vander Linden
Recorded at House of Ghosts (Wambeek) & ICP (Brussel)
Photo's : Guy Kokken, Art Direction : Herman Houbrechts (Beeldzorg)
It's about time that you should know about these guys : De Mens, the rocking
powerpoptrio around the witty frontman Frank Vander Linden has been one of the
most popular rockgroups of the country, and through hits like "Dit is mijn
huis", "Irene", "Sheryl Crow I need you so" or "Maandag",
the Mens has been a household name in Belgian radio all this time.
Yet the summit has not been reached yet. 1999 is destined to be thé year
of De Mens, and has already started well with the new single "Einde Van De
Eeuw" shooting up in de Afrekening like a rocket. The new album "Sex
Verandert Alles" (Sex changes everything) - their first for Play It Again
Sam Records ! - also promises a lot. For the first time Vander Linden & Jans
have done the production of the album themselves, and the authorities in this
field say you can hear that : from the enthusiasm of the guitarplayer, drummer
and bass-player, from the subtle use of samples & loops, from the way the
rough edges have been preserved where necessary. "Sex Verandert Alles"
not only contains loud rocking songs à la De Mens, but also (nice) surprises
such as the hiphop-ish title song, the astonishingly beatiful violin samples of
"Dageradeloosheid", or to the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion tributary
song "Mijn Bloem".
"Sex Verandert Alles" is surely - besides being a truth as big as a
house - surely the best thing that was ever accomplished by De Mens.
Although they have been tampering in the sidelines of the well-known powerrocksongs
with all kinds of samplers, voices, tapes etc... and the rocktrio handled a synth
on occasions, De Mens sounds more tightly-knit then ever before. The reason could
be that they did all the productional work of the cd themselves, recorded without
the interference of third parties.
The somewhat more "experimental" songs work out well, also because they
emphasize the evolution and the ability of the bad. Still, it makes me wonder
if these inventive little elements will not sound hopelessly outdated in 5 years
or so, and if the more straightforwarded songs (like the single "Einde van
"Mijn Bloem", "Ik was een zombie") will float on top as being
the best songs of the album.
Vander Linden knows perfectly how to shy away from the limits of his voice. The
melodies he builds fit exactly within the confinements of it. A disadvantage remains
that he doesn't seem capable of more emotional singing, something that's lacking
in the more fragile songs such as "Dageradeloosheid", "Lukt het
met hem ?",
"Dolfijn", "Is er een plaats".
Apparently, the group had recorded over 40 songs on tape, of which 16 stand here
shining. Probably a good selection, because only a small handfull of songs come
a bit short ("Supermodel", "Beatlesgitaar", "Ik bid voor
een deejay", "Dageradeloosheid"). 4/16th of waste, hope the greens
Sometimes however, óne song can be enough to make the difference between
a reasonable and a reasonably terrific record. The song on "Sex verandert
alles" that makes that difference for me is "17".
This song has it all : great lyrics, a tension buiding up, an outburst, inventive
arrangements, a strong melody ... in short, a world class song on a Belgian record.
Conclusion for me : their "Best Of" of 2 years ago is better, but this
one comes 2nd.
"Dageradeloosheid" one of the lesses songs on Sex Verandert Alles??? Are
you kidding ? This is the best song of De Mens ever!!! Did you perhaps have earplugs
in when you were listening to it or had you been drinking a bit too much the night
Sent in by Wouts Hoge Raad der Cynische Wijzen
My reply : I don't drink alcohol, so that leaves only one possility open.
And your opinion?
Did I get it all wrong, or was I spot-on ? Do you want to share your opinion about
this cd ? Send it in, and I'll put it up here !
More about this group :
- De Mens heeft uiteraard al lang een plaats
in dit archief
- My review of the newer cd "Liefde"
- Management band : Peter Verstraelen (Rock Werchter)
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