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The Walkmen Audio CD
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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 (4 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bella Union
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,102 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

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BBC Review

How you feel about listening to the sound of a band "maturing" is inextricably tied up with whether or not you believe that rock'n'roll is at its best when the preserve of the snarling, chaotic and hungry young.

The Walkmen have been around for over a decade now – so youth isn’t quite on their side these days. But so lauded are they that the quintet could release a cloud of smoke and it would receive gushing reviews from a cluster of critics. But the New Yorkers’ seventh studio effort is a glossy record that will speak to more important people than writers with established preconceptions – and it may well speak to them quite profoundly.

There are some wonderful moments for sure: The Love You Love, to pick one immediate highlight, is a doozie. As vocalist Hamilton Leithauser wails, “Baby it's the love, the love – not me,” the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. It's a thrilling three minutes in the mould of The Walkmen circa 2002, reminding the listener of those dog days when the band, and all the rest of us too, were a lot younger.

That classic Walkmen aesthetic is also tenable on the album's seductive title track. Here, the production skills of Phil Ek – who helped to make Built to Spill and Modest Mouse into something much greater than the sum of their parts – are evident, as tightly wound guitars blend with a taut, beauteous rhythm section.

However, as The Walkmen's youthful braggadocio fades, certain pipe-and-slippers moments mar proceedings. The vocals-led stop-start antics of No One Ever Sleeps, Dreamboat and Southern Heart are self-indulgent, dull and messy. All is not lost, though: the compelling 1960s doo-wop jangles of Heartbreaker and the sultry, impassioned plea of Nightingales put things back on the straight and narrow.

There has to come a point in life where writing a film script or a novel begins to better express your feelings about the world than writing a song. But The Walkmen haven’t quite reached that point yet, as Heaven is a record with the power to grab your heart, like an ex-lover you just can't shake off – no matter how many years you've been without them.

--Martin Longley

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The Walkmen Heaven

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album! 11 Jun 2012
By mrmac
Format:Audio CD
I tend to buy only 2-3 albums a year and I am so glad I decided to buy 'Heaven' on the strength of listening to clips of each of the 13 songs. This album is quite simply breath-taking. There isn't a weak song in it. I would pay the album price for 'The Love You Love' and 'Heaven' alone. The instrumental work is the best I've heard in many a year - and I'm 61 years old! The songs reverberate in your head long after you've listened to them. It's such a pity that the band is much less known in the UK than in their homeland, the USA. This album will appeal to a wide age range. I am now a fan of The Walkmen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lush! 11 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD
The Walkmen have carved a distinct and unique identity by now and whilst being oft compared to The National and Arcade Fire I believe that rather like the devil they probably have the best songs. Whilst the jangling and buzzing guitars and exultant choruses are in place as usual, the consistent highlight of this album is the by turns beautiful and powerful singing of vocalist Hamilton Leithauser, the best example of which is probably on Love is Luck. This album is one of those rare beasts that make an immediate impact yet also repays repeated listens. Potential album of the year material in fact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great and wondrous thing 8 July 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This is the first album by this band I have owned. I feel somewhat ashamed that they have been making music around a decade and I have only just now discovered them. I thought I was smart about picking up on hot new bands before anyone else. Clearly I'm not as smart as I thought I was. The other thing that puzzles me is WHY I haven't heard about them before... for god's sake, in a normal world the Walkmen would be huge.

By rights, this record should be huge. Its got hooks, tunes, foot tapping anthems, cunning arrangements, superb musicianship, sad and beautiful songs - the works! However, another part of me is glad that they remain a best-kept secret. Glad for ME that I can slip this treasure into my CD player and feel like its MINE, ALL mine, my preciousssss.... let the rest of the fools continue to marvel over their million selling dogturds, WE the smart and savvy tastemakers, have The Walkmen, and by god, that is the way it should be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Yet 2 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a relative newcomer to the Walkmen only started listening to them recently but of the albums i owe of theirs this is by far the best and a real progression from lisbon which is also a great album in its own rights. The highlights for me are We Cant be beat, Heaven, Heartbreaker and Love is luck. I saw them at the Ritz in Manchester on 30/10/12 and it has got to be one of the best concerts i have seen in years, the band played and look sharp. I hope they start to get the wider recognition they really deserve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Walkmen are brilliant 23 May 2013
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
The Walkmen were support for The Vaccines at the O2 recently .I had not heard them before and thought they were exceptional.Downloaded this album as soon as i got home.Will be downloading the previous albums too.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone 30 April 2013
Format:Audio CD
`You and me' is one of my favourite albums ever, and was a great recovery from `A hundred miles off'. `Lisbon' was another great album and so I had so much expectation for `Heaven' and really hoped it would be another classic. The reality is that this release was a huge disappointment, and I'm really struggling to understand why it has been received so well. I have given this album many plays in the hope it would be a grower but it hasn't and the more I listen to it the more convinced I am that it's a massive step-back for the band.

There are several tracks on here that are incredibly underwhelming, but this album is best summed up by the last two tracks that are so lightweight and underwhelming that its hard to comprehend what the Walkmen were trying to achieve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every track a winner 20 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love the Walkmen and their sound.The previous albums I've bought have contained a handful of really outstanding tracks mingled with ones I'm not as keen on.
For me, Heaven is the most consistent album the Walkmen have made so far: every track is a winner on this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Heavenly album
This is modern day folk, Americana and indie at its best. Beautifully crafted songs with exquisite lyrics. A couple of weaker songs just hold it back from a 5 star rating.
Published 18 months ago by Mr Mark James Driver
5.0 out of 5 stars All growed up
Thought it was maybe too polished at first but they have matured like a fine wine instead of buckfast (bows and arrows). Then again i am old.
Published 19 months ago by nik cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
I've had this for quite few months now and feel that I have to share how brilliant this album is.

From start to finish, the album rewards the listener with each and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Paul Blaney
4.0 out of 5 stars Something Of A Disappointment
When you are trying to follow two albums of the quality of 2008's You And Me and 2010's Lisbon, it should perhaps come as not too much of a surprise that the latest album from The... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Checked these lads out after Guy Garvey's recommendation, & was not disappointed! Touch of Johnny Marr of Smiths fame in the guitar playing & catchy tunes that grow & grow on each... Read more
Published on 2 July 2012 by A. Greenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars The Walkmen on top form as usual.
let's face it, when we all first hear the Walkmen's records back in the day we were enchanted. But who else woke up one day, ten years on, and realised that Walkmen had quietly... Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by Art Monkey
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