The M's
Real Close Ones
Jun 3, 2008

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The M's formed in early 21st century Chicago. After a self-titled debut and a universally acclaimed sophomore follow-up (Future Women), the band members now find themselves in a new neighborhood with new history and new faces.

These new faces exist in the songs on Real Close Ones, born from the band's passage through the world as musicians, men, fathers, husbands, sons, friends, baseball fans, carpenters, drummers, guitar players, producers, authors, real estate moguls, and whatever else they are. The faces in these songs are as real as any, and they are as familiar or as unfamiliar as we are to ourselves.


  • 1
    Big Sound (4:24)
  • 2
    Breakfast Score (2:26)
  • 3
    Pigs Fly (3:08)
  • 4
    Don't Be Late (4:14)
  • 5
    Papers (3:59)
  • 6
    Get Your Shit Together (3:27)
  • 7
    Ultraviolent Men (3:39)
  • 8
    Naked (2:55)
  • 9
    Impossible View (5:25)
  • 10
    Bros In Arms (3:17)
  • 11
    Trying To Keep (2:53)
  • 12
    Days In The Sun (2:53)
  • 13
    How Could You? (3:57)
  • 14
    Like a Cloud (Digital Bonus Track) (4:25)
  • 15
    Wave Goodbye (Digital Bonus Track) (4:13)


When toning down the distortion and the meaty hooks, The M's still crank out a quality product and one proven to grow and flourish with each album. It's more of an Autumn album than the summery bubblegum of Future Women, but the great thing, now, is that there's an M's for all seasons.


Real Close Ones both recalls pop of the past and feels absolutely current. The angular "Get Your Shit Together," "Days In The Sun," or "Impossible View" may cause mental wandering in the direction of old Beatles albums, but these ambling melodies and laid-back hooks are the band's own. And they mix in a little cool, fuzzy ambiance ("Papers"), a bit of throb and feedback ("Ultraviolent Men"), and some soul infusion ("How Could You") for a wonderfully spacious, energetic album that belongs right beside any of the others that may have influenced The M's.

The Onion AV Club

Real Close Ones will likely leave listeners dumbfounded, but the album should nonetheless be lauded for its break from convention. Or, if for nothing else, a sustained charm in spite of itself.

Lost at Sea

Mayhem and beauty swirl together round and round, being as good a description as any for why this album works: It's all over the map, but every stop is a treat.

Fuzzed-out fun and tender, Shins-like classicism



  • Big Sound (4:41)
    Josh Chicoine