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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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Product Details

  • 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: #64,319 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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Please buy this album.
Eric D. Milman
I love the Johnny Cash steel guitar sounds, the "mule train" style drum beats, the funereal keyboard, and the "rough-cut" vocals.
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It's their most simplistic yet complex album yet.
Trosbith

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph Klapper on September 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
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 By Trosbith on 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 By bsg2004 VINE VOICE on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 14, 2010
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Incredible is all I can say. I saw The Walkmen live on a whim (after hearing Seth from The OC say he loved them) in Seattle about five years ago and was blown away. I own all their music and just saw them live last week in Seattle on the Lisbon tour.

Angela Surf City was so good live, it made the event worth attending on its own. I love this band. I love the Johnny Cash steel guitar sounds, the "mule train" style drum beats, the funereal keyboard, and the "rough-cut" vocals.

This is as good as You and Me and Bows and Arrows -- my two favorites, and their third great album.
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