13 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For their seventh album in 10 years, The Walkmen keep refining their strangely catchy brand of moody indie rock. Heaven is a bit slower than its predecessors, but Hamilton Leithauser’s wonderfully drawn-out and affected voice is there at the forefront, floating atop a choppy sea of strummed guitars and thick bass lines. Thanks to the renowned Seattle-based producer Phil Ek (his generation’s answer to Joe Boyd), the electric sparks of a great live show combine with the layered intricacies of a labored-over studio album. “Heaven” is a detuned jangle-romp that flirts briefly with being an anthem before going home and crawling into bed. “Line by Line” is an unabashed lullaby. “No One Ever Sleeps” is the soundtrack to a waking dream. And “Heartbreaker” is a suave little foray into the post-Velvets night. When Leithauser intones “We’ll never leave/The world is ours” on “We Can’t Be Beat,” you pray he’s even a little bit right.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For their seventh album in 10 years, The Walkmen keep refining their strangely catchy brand of moody indie rock. Heaven is a bit slower than its predecessors, but Hamilton Leithauser’s wonderfully drawn-out and affected voice is there at the forefront, floating atop a choppy sea of strummed guitars and thick bass lines. Thanks to the renowned Seattle-based producer Phil Ek (his generation’s answer to Joe Boyd), the electric sparks of a great live show combine with the layered intricacies of a labored-over studio album. “Heaven” is a detuned jangle-romp that flirts briefly with being an anthem before going home and crawling into bed. “Line by Line” is an unabashed lullaby. “No One Ever Sleeps” is the soundtrack to a waking dream. And “Heartbreaker” is a suave little foray into the post-Velvets night. When Leithauser intones “We’ll never leave/The world is ours” on “We Can’t Be Beat,” you pray he’s even a little bit right.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
156 Ratings

156 Ratings

bibshorts ,

yea its great and all...

walkmen are getting older. i am too. i suppose i should mature along with them but all i ever return to a new walkmen record for is the hope that they have recorded another song as powerful as the rat. sadly... there is no rat here again. *sniff*.

dudeman1122 ,

How Do Ya Know It? I Just Know It

This is the defining album for the Walkmen that everyone will remember them for and is THIER BEST. Not only is every song listenable, but are all profound and meaningful. The Walkmen's older material may seem more risky and bold, but they have finally polished their songs and begun to channel their feelings of retrospection into these songs. Amazing stuff, especially Line by Line…it does seem with this one they actually may be "tender ballad players"

Standout Tracks: Heaven, Love You Love, Line By Line, Love is Luck, Song For Leigh, and We Can't Be Beat

dporter6 ,

A fantastic end for a fantastic band

Remember, remember.

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