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While Hamilton Leithauser has pointed to crooners like Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, and Randy Newman as influences on his first solo record, you won’t hear them on Black Hours. At least, not overtly. Stylistically, you might catch a hint of Ol’ Blue Eyes on “5 AM” or a whiff of Newman’s somber piano pop on tune like “St. Mary’s County,” but here the frontman of The Walkmen (currently on “extreme hiatus”) sounds more like that band on effusive numbers like “Alexandra” and “11 O’Clock Friday Night.” The pop jewel “I Don’t Need Anyone” has reedy guitars and indie-thoroughbred blood; horns, strings, harmonica, and marimba make strong bedfellows for Leithauser’s vocals on songs like “I Retired” and “The Silent Orchestra.” With guests like Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman, Fleet Foxes’ Morgan Henderson, The Shins’ Richard Swift, and Paul Maroon of The Walkmen, Black Hours feels satisfyingly textured and alive, and even exciting with its comforting familiarity. Don’t miss the bonus tracks: the surprising “Waltz” or the supremely moving “In Our Time.”

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Alexandra? Alexandra.

After listening to this single Alexandra, I really didn't know how to react. To be honest I was expecting more Walkmen sound. I didn't know at first how to take Leithauser's awesome signature croon over the upbeat indie rock, so I had to remind myself this isn't another Walkmen album, its a Leithauser album. After realizing that the single became fun, new, and exciting, and I can't wait to hear more of that from this new album! Bring on the Leithauser!

Walkmen sound still lives on

I saw the album details on FB so I came right to iTunes to download. After just one listen I knew this solo adventure for an exwalkmen member was going to bring me back to the Walkmen sound. It's got a ton of the Walkmen sound with all the Hamilton influence. If you love the Walkmen you will love this!

Hamilton Leithauser



Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known as the frontman for the Walkmen, Hamilton Leithauser embarked on a solo career once that band went on hiatus following its 2011 album Heaven. Leithauser assembled a crack team of supporting musicians to work on his new material, including Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, Fleet Foxes' Morgan Henderson, the Shins' Richard Swift, Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman, and his Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon. Recorded at Los Angeles' Vox Studios, Leithauser's debut album Black Hours -- which was...
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