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It's amazing, right?
Especially the first two songs
Arrived home from work to find it delivered and took a walk for my first run through. The tracks I'd heard prior to today ('Juveniles', 'Angela Surf City', 'Blue as your Blood', 'Stranded') appear to be the standouts, though that might be because I've had some time to get attached to them. In any case, what standouts they are! They're some of the best songs I've heard all year and up there with The Walkmen's best work, I think. I'll have to see how my appreciation of the other tracks matures with exposure. Looking forward to spending some more time with the album...
a really special album, i love it. 'woe is me' and 'while i shovel the snow' are standouts for me, as well as 'juveniles', 'angela surf city' and 'blue as your blood'...heck, the whole album is ace.
Is it just me or do the Walkmen always make records that sound perfect for when the nights start drawing in? Every one of their albums has a wintry feel, no?
Nice to hear them getting some radio airplay this time round too, 6 music is hammering 'angela'.
...already listened to it shit loads and sounds great...
Especially 'Blue as your blood' and 'All My Great Design'...
Also, know what you mean about their music suiting this time of year.
it just creeps up on you. not really many highlights, its just fantastic the whole way through, and i could listen to that guitar and voice for hours on end.
I have been put off occasionally by the records sounding abrasive, this turned around with the last record 'You and Me' The new record is phenomenal, a must, all the best things about the walkmen on a record.
lisbon and you & me are two of the best indie records of the last 10 years.
that album is epic.
..but as an album not so sure
follow the leader is a little bit pointless, otherwise its practically flawless. one of the few truly great indie bands left.
its good to have a more shouty/messy track to break it up.
top ten job. lovely.
with 'You and Me', now they are mining it, and there's nothing wrong with that. Although it seems a little frontloaded.
but I do ignore 'a hundred miles off'
the instruments sound so clear and vibrant. Very similar in sound to 'you & me' but i don't mind that at all.
I was a bit disappointed by the new national album but this has definitely lived up to expectations.
... and that's a good thing in my eyes.
Personally, this album and You & Me are far better than anything the National have done...
'Hundred Miles Off' wasn't great but still had some nice songs.
'Stranded' is the standout in my first couple of listens of Lisbon. Shame their only London gig is Brixton Academy.
Them and The National deserve more credit for a great selection of albums, but i am kind of glad 'the mainstream' still hasn't quite got to them.
I like Alligator, but from then on its been a snooze fest. The Walkmen deserve the same kind of success
but on High Violet they sound almost like a parody of themselves
Both bands are great
Two American rock bands at the top of their game, given time to breathe and develop over long careers.
Aaaahhhhh .... refreshing!
but The Walkmen still shit all over The National.
Anyone have any particularly insightful questions they'd ask?
And yes, the album is utterly brilliant.
then The Walkmen are one of America's finest bands... no bullshit. There's no pretensions about them; they tug at the heartstrings but they don't do it in an obvious manner. Bows + Arrows remains fantastic to this day, but You & Me and Lisbon have really elevated them to a whole new unimpeachable plain of awesomeness.
I think 'Blue As Your Blood' is my tune of the year. Those strings during the chorus are so brief but damn it packs an emotional wallop. How do they get away with a chorus so short yet so affective.
Louisiana, All Hands and the Cook, Lost in Boston, Don't Get Me Down, Another One Goes By - TUNES!
What you want to do is glaze over Pussy Cats...
Although granted, 'Louisiana' is terrific. Those horns.
I've never heard Pussy Cats. It isn't even an official entry in their canon of work is it?
You are right about some of it sounding rushed - Tenley Town literally sounds like they had to be somewhere in 5 minutes so just sped up.
Pussy Cats is a bit of a joke, tbh, and not part of their 'official' canon.
It was and remains a great record.
So I'm now just going to push that straight to the back of my mind.
with the Rod Stewart-ness of the vocals and that had put me off the Walkmen in the past.
But, for me at least, this new record manages to shake that similarity off, at least a little bit.
anyway rod stewart was great in the faces