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[Album Review] The Walkmen - Lisbon

The Walkmen Barrymore Theatre, Oct. 14th, 8pm, $17/$19, all ages, more info at trueendeavors.com. Prepare to have your mind blown.  Or maybe just altered.  Maybe a little inception?    Are you ready?  Because, The Walkmen have come out with a new album called “Lisbon” that is probably one of the most complete sounds of the year. We are introduced to this album with the song "Juveniles" that is kind of a twangy foot stomping introduction to pull you in.  Lead singer Hamilton Leithauser conjures up Rod Stewart during the chorus in this song and he sounds great. We are then launched into several other good songs and "Blue as your Blood" is one of my favorites.  It has a rhythmic guitar and drum duet that reminds me of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.  It's sad and subtle, beautiful and deep, and has a minimalist style that conjures up notions of wistful angst.  The lyrics "The sky above, the sky above, Is blue as your blood,  In a hazy, lazy daydream," speak to a level of daydreaming that transcends time and is deliciously dampening, but also liberating. Then, we have the masterpiece.  My favorite song.  "Stranded."  We begin with horns and a mariachi sound and launch into a kind of rustic horn session that is marvelous. As we continue through the album, we are introduced to a lot of other great songs like "All My Great Designs" and the haunting "Woe is Me." SUMMARY: This one deserves a TRIPLE M.  Overall, this album is marvelous.  It has a perfect bland and mix of different sounds that is magical and distant, a well blended mix of instrumental and the  vocal acuity of Leithauser.   It's soft and subtle at points, but also bouncing off the walls and mesmerizing.  They will be playing at the Barrymore on Oct. 14th at 8PM and I strongly encourage you to go! Similar Artists:
  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  • Rod Stewart and the Pogues
  • The Cure merges with Joy Division and a Mariachi band
Here's the song "Stranded:"
-Soren Nieminen


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10/11/2010 10:55AM
[Album Review] The Walkmen - Lisbon
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10/13/2010 11:51AM
Jason
I can not agree more. I have had this album for almost a month, and I love it. This is coming from a guy that has been luke warm on their older albums. The area of disagreement I have with the review is the best song on the album is "Angela Surf City". It has the amazing energy, and the characteristic sound of The Walkmen. Lastly, the best song by The Walkmen is "The Rat" which is in their "Bows and Arrows" album. I highly recommend you download it now as well. If you do go to see them, be sure to bring earplugs because they can get painfully loud!
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