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A Hundred Miles Off

The Walkmen

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After two stellar full-lengths of wintery urban ennui The Walkmen have finally struck out for the countryside with the aptly titled A Hundred Miles Off, trading the emetic if captivating angularity of their earlier work for a more robust sound. If Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone and Bows and Arrows presented The Walkmen as young exiles fleeing across ice-slicked fire escapes, then A Hundred Miles Off sees them granted asylum in some bucolic protectorate. The Walkmen’s sense of shimmering dislocation remains, but their “all or nothing” urgency has been replaced by a vague sense of lazy unease. “Louisiana”, A Hundred Miles Off’s melancholic opener, wastes no time in announcing their change in direction with a slow wash of bent guitar strings and a languid bayou tempo that owes a great deal to the Americana-tinged fantasies that Bob Dylan and The Band were cooking up in the summer of 1967. By backing off from the hypnotic two-chord strum of their earlier work The Walkmen have created a unique and affecting record imbued with an adventurous spirit that can only bode well for the group’s future work.

Customer Reviews

Another Great One

All I can tell you is this, The Walkmen are a terrific band. They have a very unique sound, if you don't care for whiny vocals and organ you probably should avoid this. But that would mean you should also burn your Dylan collection and keep away from church and that's just not reasonable. This CD is so good I wouldn't doubt that listening to it might actually add years to your life. The leadsingers name is Hamilton Leithauser which is worth the price of admission alone. Plus I can tell you first hand, he's very gracious to fans that spout out idiocies like "I'm a really big fan".

Big walkmen fan but you fooling yourself if you think this is great!

I love the walkmen and there first 2 cd's have turned them into one of my top three music groups of all time. The first two LP's honestly had better sounding piano to each song that flowed perfect. This new cd is pretty disappointing to me since there isnt one song that strikes me as great. Yes Lost in Boston has some talent but the song is to short to enjoy it all, they should have made a second chorus to that song. "Always after you" would be the best all around musical song that I enjoy besides "another one goes by" which is a great closer song. Honestly I wish this album was more like the last long on it instead of sounding so undergroundish. From what I've heard they are working on new songs already, obviously they werent completely happy with this effort as well because most music groups dont think about recording after just recording a full LP. This cd had good intentions but went south somewhere on the way. I am so sorry that I have to be honest and put this cd down but its the truth and hopefully die hard fanes who have listened to it like me, seven times now, will see this cd has a lot of room for big improvement. Sorry Walkmen, the rat, weve been had, and blizzard of 96 kick big booty compared to anything on this cd. How could you forget to make the piano flow with each song! Keep trying, you have the talent!!!

Ehh...

The sound on this album is somewhat consistent with the other two, if not better and more educated, however, I feel as though the singers voice has become a little too abrasive. Compare Leithauser's voice to songs like "Another One Goes By" and "Danny's At The Wedding" (incidentally my two favourite tracks) with songs like " Good for You's Good for Me" and "Always After You" where the vocals sound unconnected and somewhat shrill. I will be the first to admit that this review may be premature, as Walkmen's previous 2 releases were albums that had to "grow on me", and that may be the case with A Hundred Miles Off.

Biography

Formed: 2000 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Walkmen feature three members from Jonathan Fire*Eater and two from the Recoys. When Jonathan Fire*Eater disbanded in 1998, the group took the remainder of their Dreamworks funding and established an uptown rehearsal space in New York City that doubled as a 24-track recording studio where they use a wide variety of vintage equipment. The 900-square-foot Harlem industrial space, dubbed Marcata Studios, was completed in the fall of 1999. (Bands that have recorded at their studio include labelmates...
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