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.