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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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Solid album

I listen to this all the time. Great style, lyrics, sound

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Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Best known for his time with the Walkmen, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Walter Martin was also a member of the acclaimed '90s indie rock act Jonathan Fire*Eater and pursued a solo career when the Walkmen went on hiatus. Martin grew up in Washington, D.C. and began playing with the rest of Jonathan Fire*Eater while still in high school; throughout the band's career -- which culminated not long after the release of their major-label debut album, 1997's Wolf Songs for Lambs -- Martin's Farfisa...
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