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Two Hearts

Men at WorkAudio CD
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  • ASIN: B0006GERGQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkness coming from down under August 22, 2005
By DRD
Format:Audio CD
Looking back, it's pretty obvious why this album was the death knell for Men at Work. It has nothing to do with quality - this is a great record - but everything to do with tone and subject matter. This was a darker, even angry version of the beloved boys from down under, who were sitting on top of the world just two short years prior. Intra-band fractures left the group as a threesome by the time the record was released. Colin Hay has since lain it out that this band was pretty much breaking up during the height of its success, because they just couldn't get along. "Two Hearts" is where it all takes a nasty turn. Lyrics from this album include lines like "torture and maim," "don't ask me to pray to Jesus," references to hangers-on and thieves in "Snakes and Ladders," a sad story of immigration and a loveless marriage in "Maria," an ode to agoraphobia in "Stay at Home," and the spitting "Sail to You," which takes on jolly old England for turning Australia into a prison colony. Not quite a vegemite sandwich, folks. The world was not ready for this, coming from its favorite happy-go-lucky party band. But, if you can accept this album on its own terms, it is an immensely rewarding experience. The music is more muscular, the arrangements more mature. "Still Life," is one of the best MAW tracks ever, really capturing the exhilarating tunnel-vision that occurs when you are trying desperately to hold on to a relationship that is slipping from your grasp. I suppose there are some who will never be able to take MAW seriously, but this is not the Bay City Rollers covering Nick Cave. This is the sound of adult musicians who captured the flag of success together and now know it's all running down the drain. Like I said, it's pretty obvious why this was the end.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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When Two Hearts came out, Men At Work did not seem like the same fun-loving band from Australia that invaded the music world in 1981/2 with "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Down Under." Two members were no longer in the group, the album cover did not have the quirky design of the first two records, and the first single and video "Everything I Need" demonstrated a maturity in the music. Perhaps young music fans could not embrace this band anymore and those that did four years earlier had moved on. I was in that boat. Men At Work was the first band I liked back when I was 8 years old. Business As Usual was the first new album I bought (I remember being excited to see photos of the band on the inner sleeve). I kept up with the band through Cargo and, in 1985, bought Two Hearts. The magic had dissipated by then and I did not listen to the record much. Many years later I rediscovered Two Hearts and now consider it a very good album with a lot of variety.

Men At Work still demonstrated their characteristic humor on tracks like "Stay At Home" and "Sail to You" ("Dear old England had a mind around that time, 'cause they had a few problems with the rising crime. Wouldn't lose your head if you stole a loaf of bread, you got a one-way ticket to Australia instead"). Greg Ham plays a greater role on Two Hearts than on the previous two albums. He wrote and took over lead vocals on "Giving Up," "Stay At Home," and "Still Life," and wrote "Snakes and Ladders" (curiously, he did not play on the single "Maria"). "Still Life" is one of the best Men At Work songs. It is a ballad, beautifully-done. Of the Colin Hay tracks, my favorites are the powerful "Hard Luck Story" and the slow "Children on Parade.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Media Overkill: Death of a great album January 4, 2003
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In the summer of 1985, I lived in the northern Rocky Mountains far from the mindless repetition of MTV and Top 40 radio. "Two Hearts" was in my car's tapedeck for that summer and it was not the lackluster and tepid folloup that so many people thought. The media's insatiable appetite for the next big thing is what killed Men At Work and many other promising bands. "Two Hearts" was an excellent third effort by the band and it clearly showed their maturity and growth as a band--it's a shame that its' hard to find--I hope someday it finds its' way to re-release. MTV ruined music for many--it peddled style over substance and as a result--a lot of great music was ignored. This album was clearly a casualty of media overexposure. None of that matters--to hell with the critics, it's a classic to me. It takes me back instantaneously to that summer and the great times I had....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A better album than you would think July 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Many times a band on it's last legs will release a final album just to satisfy a contract and hope, at least, to make a bit of money before they kick off. Men at Work had just come off a phenomenal three year ride and were reduced to a trio at the time TWO HEARTS was released. But this is no hastily prepared

album. TWO HEARTS is, in my opinion ,as good, if not better than the previous two albums.Consider the excellent title song, as well as the upbeat, and irresistably catchy GIVING UP.Good stuff.

Check out the song EVERYTHING I NEED. I do think that overexposure to the band prevented radio from giving the final album (the final album of their first run) the attention it deserved. I bought the album when it came out having heard nothing from it on radio.I was not disappointed. So, check out TWO HEARTS and give it a shot. Good stuff, indeed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Men at Work's third album
Two Hearts was Men at Work's third album and shows some of the changes within the band. By this time the bass player and drummer had left over musical differences with singer Colin... Read more
Published 2 months ago by david finkenbinder
5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd album
Great album from men at work,dark and different,why repeat the same stuff over and over that's what makes different albums different
Published 14 months ago by Jon
1.0 out of 5 stars Their heads were full of zombie...
'TWO HEARTS is, in my opinion ,as good, if not better than the previous two albums.'

One of the reviewers actually said that. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Skullchrist
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware -- Not totally "NEW:"
I haven't listened to this CD yet. But the packaging was not professional, and the disc had marks as if it had been used.
Published 15 months ago by WillyWord
5.0 out of 5 stars something about "giving up"
i am a US songwriter and it took the untimely death of greg ham (the writer of the track) for me to realize that "giving up" is probably my favorite men at work tune. Read more
Published on April 20, 2012 by Anthony W. Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars still uniqe
Even though this album was not a success and obviously it has the end written all over it,it was still agreat release.Especially considering other band's lp's at that time. Read more
Published on July 15, 2010 by Fred Flame
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
It was recommended to me by my Ausie friend long time ago and I must say that he was 100% right. Great music and not that commercial like their much more popular 'Business as... Read more
Published on May 18, 2010 by P. Duklas
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst of the '80s
Awful. Just awful!
"Everything I Need" is good and Men At Worky, and "Children On Parade" is nice, but the rest of this album stinks like a rancid jar of Vegamite left in the... Read more
Published on June 19, 2008 by Eric Paul Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Shame they changed jobs
Sadly, I picked this album up from a market stall for a dollar, and though it deserves a more glorious resting place, I for one, am glad I found it. Read more
Published on September 29, 2007 by Hugh Jaas
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have for true fans
As is often the case, especially with performers beginning in the early 80's, they got better with age. This album is easily the best work of the three 80's releases. Read more
Published on August 18, 2006 by Rockin' Rick
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