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Should be Huge,
This review is from: Bows + Arrows (Audio CD)
Ah man, have you heard "The Rat" yet? You probably will do. Most likely 700 times over the next few months, if of course the Walkmen manage to repeat the success of their New York brethren the Strokes. That is to say, this is the best album I've heard this year, which is in itself is a fine compliment to the best song this year. It barley rocks like the aforementioned anthem but it does subtle like nothing say, Coldplay could hope to achieve in their "ambient" moments. It's all the more memorable that it builds on the excellent but flawed debut by adding consistency and layers whilst still jumping from heavy to light in mood. The superb bass and drums interplay with each other perfectly giving rise to the raspy vocals and guitars. Seriously, I have no idea how the whispery "What's In It For Me" can comfortably sit alongside "The Rat" in the listing and still sound transistent.
Although sitting below the brilliant Interpol, The Walkmen have managed to climb atop New York rock's current lofty heights. I'm probably being a tad clichéd in saying that if The Strokes were New York's equivalent of the big bang, then what followed was an ever expanding universe of inter-galactic talent and the Walkmen are one of its brighter stars