by The Walkmen


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2010
Label: Fat Possum Records
UPC: 0767981122823
catalogNumber: 1228
Rank: 143110

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Walkmen   Primary Artist
Paul Brandenburg   Trumpet
Paul Maroon   Guitar,Trumpet,Viola,Group Member
Alex Waterman   Cello
Greg Glassman   Trumpet
Hamilton Leithauser   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Alec Ounsworth   Vocals
Rachel Golub   Violin
Dana Lyn   Violin
Joe Ancowitz   Trumpet
Mike Irwin   Trumpet
Clara Kennedy   Cello
Kenny Warren   Trumpet
Kevin Moehringer   Trombone
Walter Martin   Bass,Percussion,Group Member
John Kozan   Trombone
Anna Stumpf   Trumpet
Leyna Papach   Violin
Matthew Barrick   Drums,Group Member
Peter Matthew Bauer   Organ,Piano,Group Member

Technical Credits

Luigi Ghirri   Cover Photo
John Congleton   Producer,Engineer
Walkmen   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Chris Zane   Engineer
Hamilton Leithauser   Composer
Walter Martin   Composer
Fred Maroon   Composer,Inside Photo
Matthew Barrick   Composer
Peter Matthew Bauer   Composer

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