11 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Walter Martin’s second album after the dissolution of the stormy, passionate Walkmen explores his love for art history. While that may not seem like a subject to sell a song on, the subject matter is transformed by Martin’s warm, restless sense of humor, which discourses on subjects ranging from the tipping habits of college kids (“Jobs I Had Before I Got Rich and Famous”) to 19th-century paintings of boys with pet squirrels (“Watson and the Shark”). A folksy, deceptively simple album, Arts & Leisure puts high culture on a low shelf and makes the mundane glow.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Walter Martin’s second album after the dissolution of the stormy, passionate Walkmen explores his love for art history. While that may not seem like a subject to sell a song on, the subject matter is transformed by Martin’s warm, restless sense of humor, which discourses on subjects ranging from the tipping habits of college kids (“Jobs I Had Before I Got Rich and Famous”) to 19th-century paintings of boys with pet squirrels (“Watson and the Shark”). A folksy, deceptively simple album, Arts & Leisure puts high culture on a low shelf and makes the mundane glow.

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