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At the halfway point of Lisbon, the sixth studio album by esteemed rock band The Walkmen, front man Hamilton Leithauser sings, “Victory, right beside me / Victory, should be mine.” Arguably the album’s sonic climax, the chorus also serves as an appropriate mission statement for a band on the receiving end of so much admiration but so many false starts.

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  • Audio CD (May 29, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum (Ryko)
  • ASIN: B007TBCTP2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Can't Be Beat
2. Love Is Luck
3. Heartbreaker
4. The Witch
5. Southern Heart
6. Line By Line
7. Song For Leigh
8. Nightingales
9. Jerry JR.'s Tune
10. The Love You Love
11. Heaven
12. No One Ever Sleeps
13. Dreamboat

Editorial Reviews

2012 album from the East Coast-based Indie Rock band. The album was produced by Phil Ek, best known for twiddling the knobs for Fleet Foxes, Band Of Horses, Built To Spill and others. Ten years into their career, The Walkman are more focused and determined than ever, which makes Heaven one of their finest albums to date.

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It's still a damn good album and I recommend picking it up.
John P. Flores
The band's newest effort continues the trend of "back-to-basics" style of music.
T. A. Daniel
They've always done a mix of upbeat rockers and more mellow slow burners.
J. Luiz

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Luiz on May 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD
A number of music critics have made a lot of the fact that this new album represents a mellowing of the Walkmen, now that they're all married with families, and no longer the angry young men bellowing over unrequited love. But the fact of the matter is that not every song on their early albums is as amped-up as their hard-driving classic, the Rat. They've always done a mix of upbeat rockers and more mellow slow burners. Here you get that mix again in masterful combination. If you like the hard-driving tunes, there are four in that great energetic, classic Walkmen mode -- the title song, "Heartbreaker," "Nightingales," and "The Love You Love." On the latter, you can just picture Hamilton Leithauser in concert tilting his head back, pointing the mike up at the 45-degree angle as he does, and belting out his angry, yell. (No one sings/yells better than Ham.) It's the stuff that sends tingles down your spine. Just as I did with LISBON, I was admittedly concerned about the number of slower, ballady songs, because I'm naturally inclined to adrenaline-releasing songs and I most often listen to music when I'm working out, but I was surprised at how quickly the slower songs got under my skin and gradually impressed the heck out of me. The same thing happened here, only perhaps faster. I gave this a number of listens on NPR First Listen, and was surprised I was eager to give more listens to the song where Ham just calmly sings with minimal instrumentation. The quiet, acoustic guitar plucking along that opens "Line by Line" is a perfect example of this. And the simple, beauty of a ballad like "Song for Leigh," in which Ham sings to his daughter, is impossible to resist.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vince H. on June 2, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This might be their best. I've already listened to this album a dozen times. You thought "Lisbon" was replayable, wait till you get a hold of this record. I didn't think they'd be able to top "Lisbon" but this actually might be a slight notch above it. The Walkmen should have Phil Ek produce all their records from now on. The production has that wonderful crispness and clarity we've come to expct from Ek plus the songwriting is top notch. Sorry I am a bad reviewer but this is for those who are awaiting the album or are unsure after "Lisbon" - you will not be dissapointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph Klapper on June 1, 2012
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Heaven celebrates the ten years since the band's debut not with fireworks and a blackout but with a picture of the band on the back cover, suited up and surrounded by their families. "It's been so long, been so long, but I made it through," Leithauser croons on opening track "We Can't Be Beat,' and there is nothing fiery or remotely venomous here, but pure contentment, even as Leithauser assures us that he wants "a life that needs correction / nobody loves, loves perfection." Perhaps Leithauser protests too much; it's difficult not to find perfection in Heaven, which doesn't attempt to expand the band's sonic collage past the impressive borders they painted on Lisbon, as kaleidoscopic and vibrant as they were. Instead, producer Phil Ek and the band would rather refine the edges and color in the blanks, all with an adroitness that the younger Walkmen would have trampled roughshod over. Ek has been content to traffic in workmanlike, midtempo indie for much of his career, and on Heaven, he applies that knowledge consummately, pulling back the curtain on the Walkmen to a tighter canvas, one that focuses on just how good the band has gotten at the tints and hues and backgrounds. It's the little things that jump out at you on Heaven: the flashpoint of synths that close out "Line by Line;" the constant, faithful bass that underlines all of the triumphant, sweeping "Nightingales;" the cavernous drum echo on the aching "No One Ever Sleeps." There's no unusual motif like the horns on Lisbon or the piano on You & Me, but instead everything coalesces slowly around Paul Maroon's flickering guitar and Leithauser, whose vocals have never sounded stronger or more centered than they do throughout Heaven.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John P. Flores on June 7, 2012
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The Walkmen always seem to be just slightly off the mark from making perfect albums. This albums is no except. It's starts off so strongly and then seems to fizzle out toward the end (the exception being the album's namesake, Heaven). It's still a damn good album and I recommend picking it up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Saldana on June 1, 2012
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After ten years of exceptional underground albums, some of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous songs ever ("Red Moon" and "Louisiana"), and one minor hit, "The Rat", the Walkmen return with their best album to date. Working with producer Phil Ek, the band has lovingly distilled all that is special about them and paired it up with some of their most accessible music to date. The result, "Heaven", is a sure contender for best indie album of the year. The stunning, unexpected opener "We Can't Be Beat" initially casts the band in a sort of Ink Spots-ish vibe, but morphs into something else, a trait found in abundance on this album, and to its benefit. Mr. Leithauser's vocals are, as ever, honest and affecting, but deeper and richer this time, and he hasn't sounder better (check out "Song for Leigh"). "Line By Line" draws you in with its hypnotic guitar intro but the real gem here is "The Love You Love", probably the most perfectly realized pop song the band has done to date. "No One Ever Sleeps" and "Jerry Jr.'s Tune" are immediately inducted into the 2:00 a.m. club of great, boozy songs. One gripe - "Jerry Jr.'s Tune" needs to be longer! I count at least four "singles" here, a solid effort from one of the best indie bands of the last 10 years. This won't be leaving my personal rotation all Summer.
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