Just got the new Walkmen album in and being that they've delighted me in the past, I've opted to review the big posh digipak laden bugger. 'You & Me' from the off could be no-one else. They've got that shimmering, ghostly guitar sound, the tidy, dramatic drum, plinky doe-eyed piano flourishes & Hamilton Leithauser's longing, tortured wail to elevate them into the realms of the highly distinguished. It's a stately album that hardly veers from the swinging, booze sodden template of albums past, a slightly shambling hollowed sound imbued with classicism. The boys here are all obsessed with the singer's Rod Stewart-isms but I can hear way beyond those limitations. A maudilin, pissed up/off Rod Stewart possibly? This record has all the majesty you'd expect from this New York quintet and on first listen is well worth a punt even if you're not already a convert. Nice to see Fierce Panda have offered them a home. Obviously a major label didn't know how to market these fellas and they've stuck firmly to their hugely original, clattering & slightly bombastic vision of heartbreaking alternative rock with a haunted ballroom twist. Superb!
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