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Lisbon

The WalkmenAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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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 (September 14, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • ASIN: B003VURG44
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Juveniles
2. Angela Surf City
3. Follow the Leader
4. Blue as Your Blood
5. Stranded
6. Victory
7. All My Great Designs
8. Woe Is Me
9. Torch Song
10. While I Shovel the Snow
11. Lisbon

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Lisbon was recorded over the course of eight months beginning in the fall of 2009 with You &Me producer Chris Zane (Passion Pit, Les Savy Fav, Tokyo Police Club). The band then traveled to Dallas to finish the album with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions in the Sky'). Featuring the band'ssignature vintage instrument-sound, Lisbon will showcase 'A lot of stuff that's Elvis-sounding, like early Elvis and Sun Records kind of sounds,' says frontman Hamilton Leithauser.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Walkmen - Lisbon September 14, 2010
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Unlike many of their contemporaries who decided to burn out in a temporary burst of creativity or fade away in repetitive ignominy, the Walkmen have only continued to get better. It's a bit of a surprise when you consider the band predicated their success on a piss-and-vinegar brand of youthful fire and youthful anger, that New York City vigor and rage exemplified in "The Rat," the band's best known song off their 2004 breakthrough Bows + Arrows. It's the kind of spirit that's all too easy to dissipate as the years pass, and the Walkmen, truth be told, have been no exception. But as 2008's excellent You & Me proved, the Walkmen know how to age gracefully, transforming their earlier ragged edge into a stately procession of horns, spindly guitars and powerful drum work, all anchored by Hamilton Leithauser's cracked croon. It was still the same Walkmen, as the innovative instrumentation and Leithauser's gloomy lyrics made clear, but they had found a way to take their best qualities and shift them into a more expansive sound, the kind of sound that spoke of possibilities for the future. With Lisbon, the Walkmen have realized those possibilities, but in a decidedly strange way: for the first time in years, the Walkmen seem content.

Is that really Leithauser singing "I am a good man / by any count / and I see better things to come" as a jaunty guitar line rolls along and the drums bounce in a way that can only be described as triumphant?
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Walkmen's most simplistic yet complex album to date September 15, 2010
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I thought The National had album of the year in the bag with 'High Violet', but I couldn't have been more wrong.

The Walkmen have taken a more subtle and precise approach with 'Lisbon' than their previous efforts. I can just picture them in some dim lit warehouse somewhere like mad scientists determining which note goes where and with what instrument and how loud to make each note and so on and so forth. It may not seem like that at first listen, but with repeated listens you will soon find out how much time and effort they put into 'Lisbon'. It's their most simplistic yet complex album yet. It's a well rounded mix of all the greatness of their previous albums but it doesn't feel old at all. It's as though they've figured out a way of making all their strengths feel new and refreshed.

From the ballad and first single "Stranded" which sounds like an album highlight from '100 miles off' to the intrepid title track, "Lisbon", that could have been 'Everybody who Pretended to like me is Gone's' most idealistic single, the Walkmen dazzle in every way. The opener "Juveniles" is a perfect start to 'Lisbon'. It's slow and bending lyrics sound as though they are about to embark on a journey and they want you to sit back, drink your whiskey, open your mind and let your thoughts flow. As the end of the song echoes, "you're one of us or you're one of them", you will start to question which one you are as you anxiously await the ride to continue.

There are a few faster paced songs on the album like "Angela Surf City", which will probably be the biggest single on the album just because it's more of the sound the Walkmen are popular for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive! It grabs you and won't let go October 26, 2010
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"Lisbon" was my "first contact" with "The Walkmen". I recall seeing the band name before, but I never got around to actually listening to their music until a few weeks ago when through a music service I started listening to this (then just released) album. Slowly, this album, listened as a unit from start to finish, began growing on me, and before you know it, I couldn't stop! It is that good and that cohesive. (I know, in this era of genius and mixes and playlists, and disposable pop songs, "the album" as an art form is not as popular, and it's a shame, but that's another story for another day).

Some songs (Woe is me, Angela, Victory, etc) may stand out more on their own, but really, to make the most of this album, it is best enjoyed as a unit!

It is really hard to pigeon-hole this album in today's music world. After falling for "Lisbon" I went back to some of their previous work and I did notice some Dylan in the voice and some Strokes-like sound. This album however appears to be more like the distilled essence of the band.

This is definitely worth a try! Be sure to give it at least half a dozen start to end plays - it is like wine!

On the logistical front, there is a two disc edition in the UK with the eleven songs (1 thru 11 above) on the first disc, and four additional songs on the second disc. Amazon has one of those four songs as track #12 above.
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4.0 out of 5 stars it's all in the voice... September 30, 2010
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The 6th release since 2002 from this East Coast band led by the addictively stunning, unique
voice of Hamilton Leithauser (think early Rod Stewart meets James Graham of Twilight Sad).
These are carefully crafted songs that move easily from near-ethnic ballads to explosive,
percussion-driven rock crescendos. Former members of Jonathan Fire*Eater, the Recoys.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deceptively Simple Album
This has got to be my most listened to album of the past year. It was also the first album I bought by The Walkmen (which I would now count as one of my favorite bands, if not my... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Eric D. Milman
5.0 out of 5 stars really good
What?
Did I stutter in the title? It's really good. What more do you want from me? I'm just a man.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars From a first timer
In a nutshell, what I like is that they sound authentic. What does that mean? Who the heck knows?! I suppose it means his voice has grit. The songs don't sound like formulas. Read more
Published 18 months ago by W.B. Picklesworth
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't know this band - you must, absolutely must, listen to...
Great album; saw them live recently for the first time and completely overwhelmed - brilliant band and album reflects this
Published 20 months ago by linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album for newbies and long-time fans!
Wow, what a fantastic record, probably their best! As usual, they wear their hearts quite plainly on their sleeves, but I guess you could say they're wearing old and quite worn... Read more
Published on May 24, 2011 by pataphysismo
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't stand this album
I thought their previous album was great, but this album falls very short of the last (IMO). I can't even listen to this for more than a couple mins. Read more
Published on April 30, 2011 by Cors
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible throughout!
Like I said, this album is incredible throughout. I really enjoy the fact that they maintained a sort of "laid back" sound; similar to the last album (You & Me). Read more
Published on February 26, 2011 by J. A. Fragoso
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
This CD is pretty good musically and vocally. With the exception of few songs a little too sleepy for me.
Published on October 20, 2010 by S. haapala
5.0 out of 5 stars The Walkmen - The poets of dejection
The Walkmen have had more false starts than the 100m heats at the Olympic Games so it a happy event to report that Hamilton Leithauser and his band of troubadours from New York... Read more
Published on October 10, 2010 by Red on Black
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Direction Or Safe One for our Beloved Walkmen?
I fortunately was able to get my hands on an early release of this album.

I really enjoyed this album but can't say it's as strong as bows and arrows if you are looking... Read more
Published on September 21, 2010 by G. Eguia
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