I have only come to The Walkmen relatively recently, but now regard them as one of the most original bands around, certainly in the loosely defined 'indie' category. The sparseness, and yet undoubted beauty, of their sound reminds me of Marquee Moon era Television (one of the great albums). The vocal style of Hamilton Leithauser is an acquired taste, but one which I have definitely acquired. The intensity and passion of his voice is unparalleled amongst current bands, I would say. I have not yet delved into their material before You and Me (but perhaps will do so), but I consider that album, and even more so the Lisbon album to be full of great melodies which (as with all great albums) grow and grow with each listening.