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Well worth your time.

I, like the people that didn't enjoy this album, bought it on the strength of "The Rat" and I'll admit that I was originally disappointed. If your expecting the entire album to be "balls to the wall Rawk" you've come to the wrong place. Unlike them I stuck with it and I've been rewarded with what has become one of my favorite albums. Its not that it doesn't rock it's just subtle about it. The quiet moments make the loud ones that much better. While I would've loved an album with 11 versions of "The Rat" this is so much better. So what does the music sound like? Think the Velvet Underground with an organ. Like the Velvets, an obvious influence, The Walkmen are as good as the sum of their parts. This isn't about riffs and licks its about how they bring all these vintage sounding instruments together to make a cohesive whole. Oh, and Hamilton Leithauser vocals which drip with the emotion of a man losing his grip in a shaky relationship. Make sure you check out the final two tracks. They're amazing. The title track is my favorite on the album, one of the best album enders I've ever heard.

These people have no Idea what they are talking about.

I repeat. These people have no Idea what they are talking about. The Walkmen are an incredible band with a wholly original sound and moments of uplifting melodies. There is nothing like them and they are amazing.

I love the Walkmen

Their release of Bows + Arrows solidifies them as one of the best indie rock bands out there. Their sound is so unique and the lyrics are very well written. I saw them in concert in Dallas and they rocked. I love this cd and I love this band. I wish iTunes would get their last cd, "Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone" because it is equally as good.


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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