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Lisbon

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Juveniles
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Angela Surf City
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Follow The Leader
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Blue As Your Blood
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Stranded
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Victory
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All My Great Designs
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Woe Is Me
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Torch Song
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While I Shovel The Snow
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Lisbon
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Best of the year?

gregpuck

I never really thought much about these guys - but I read some good reviews - took a chance and it might be my favorite new album of the year. What a nice surprise!

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Feared it couldn't top You & Me

Beets_Yum

But it does. Or is at least its equal. Saw these guys play a few songs before the album was released and they were one of the best live bands I've ever seen. The album was no disappointment. Excellent. Quietly, one of the best bands out there.

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old feel

CamiloM

I think I like their previous album more, but this is still a great listen from start to finish. There's an old american r&b/jazz/rock feel throughout... the sound is awesome

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a great live band

HecklerSpray

Certainly check them out - - saw them in San Diego for this tour and they were amazing. For me, this album doesn't quite match their last two, but it doesn't miss by much. IMHO, the best songs are "Angela Surf City", "Victory", and "Woe is Me". If it's like other Walkmen albums, nine months from now another two or three songs will be all-time greats. Very rarely am I into a band's sixth album, but the Walkmen are much better than most bands.

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Sparer - And Better - Than Ever

Murgatroyd

Making more of their sound with music than with studio atmospherics has shone a light on their fantastic songwriting. Every instrument is well chosen and well played and comes through with a new clarity. Loving The Walkmen has been a very rewarding experience over the years. There's a sense of care, commitment and artistic integrity that his welded to a white-hot core of emotion. Viva!

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woe is me

nicwalls

Their best record yet. No single moon shot as on previous albums (like The Rat, In the New Year), just two fists full of minimal, wistful rock and roll that gets bigger and better with every listen. Woe is Me is a pop gem.

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Great stuff

mikemos

The Walkmen have found a nice sound on Lisbon. They sound like a band who's become confident with their songwriting and in the recording studio. This is a much warmer album than their last one. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy You & Me but it was a bit starker, different. The opener here, "Juveniles", is downright sunny for the Walkmen. Their craft is really honed in on this one. Excellent album!

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On first listen, a stunner

vodem

For a band with such a clearly defined sound, there is admirable diversity in this bunch of well-crafted, moving songs. "Blue As Your Blood" hit me right away, and I'm a sucker for the horns and waltzing in "Stranded."

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Walkmen at their finest...again

spaceways

On "Lisbon", the follow-up to their 2008 dazzler "You & Me", The Walkmen find themselves in new yet familiar territory. With a consistent brilliance, The Walkmen have exited the garage sound and found a polished yet honest melancholy rarely found in music these days. Now ascending to a league of other stellar bands such as Band of Horses and Arcade Fire, their haunting yet awakened sound on "Lisbon" will undoubtedly leave you entranced.

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its 3 EST and no review yet? come on people?

smoritz

dying to hear what you all think of this!

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“Don’t get heavy, let’s be light,” Hamilton Leithauser sings on “Woe Is Me,” and that seems to be the Walkmen’s creed on Lisbon. The Walkmen were more than heavy on their previous album, the gorgeously moody You & Me, and it’s hard not to read the more upbeat attitude they have here as a response. This time, they dance on their troubles instead of drowning their sorrows — although the organ on album opener “Juveniles” warms like the first sip of wine. But while the mood is lighter, things are never completely sunny in the Walkmen’s world. “Victory” sounds like a winner’s brash cheer, but bears the sting of being second place. “Woe Is Me” turns a pity party into an actual party, making reminiscences about a girl who was “my not so long ago” into one of the band’s most immediately appealing songs in some time, while “Angela Surf City” shoots the curl of a difficult relationship’s tides, ebbing and cresting like Bows + Arrows’ “The Rat.” These songs anchor Lisbon’s hazier, sadder moments, of which there are plenty: the title track closes the album with a dreamy remembrance that echoes You & Me’s brooding travelogue, minus that album’s desolation; “Blue as Your Blood” and “Stranded” provide Lisbon’s broken but ever-romantic heart, filled with transporting stories of black-eyed girls and waltzes among broken glass. Best of all is “While I Shovel the Snow,” which once again proves what a rich muse winter is for the band. When Leithauser sighs “There’s no life like the slow life,” it’s another potent Walkmen motto: Lisbon, like the rest of their music, is meant to be savored, the fullness of its songs allowed to develop over many listens. – Heather Phares

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