I’m sure you’re saying “who the fuck cares?” but I feel like instead of giving you 500 words of hyperbole laced criticism, I’d write a track by track reaction to the latest album by The Walkmen, Lisbon, live, as I stream off NPR.
Song 1: “Juveniles”
Last year, I really liked the debut LP by California band Foreign Born. After listening to this opening track–which pretty much keeps the typical formula for a Walkmen song–I realized that this band actually has had a good deal of influence on modern music. That’s a very good thing.
As for this track, it’s nice; little rubber band drum beat, sparse and easy. Some guy in my office asks me to “turn it up”.
Song 2: “Angela Surf City”
The title fits the song. Surf beat drums with a little bass noodling. Great stuff.
Song 3: “Follow the Leader”
Who’s “the leader” I wonder? I like the guitar work, but the drum beat sounds like a retarded person trying to play a Gories song. I’m pausing this to buy a diet Coke. (I’m drinking diet Coke because I feel fat)
Song 4: “Blue as Your Blood”
There’s something very grating about this tick-tock guitar intro that sounds something like the Rawhide theme song. It’s weird how I’ve never seen an episode of Rawhide, but I know the theme. I don’t like this song.
Song 5: “Stranded”
This song isn’t working for some reason.
Song 6: “Victory”
Shit, I’m going to skip this one also. This is one of those songs that you get the feeling was okay enough to make the album, but only because it was a little bit better than the other stuff.
Song 7: “All My Great Designs”
Seriously dudes, you guys are losing me. The guy next to me just asked if I could continue listening to the album with headphones on. I think we know his review.
Song 8: “Woe is Me”
Yes! Keep it up with the surf rock stuff. This sounds like The Edge joined The Ventures. Awesome song!
Song 9: “Torch Song”
First thought is if you’re going to name a song “Torch Song,” make it an actual torch song. Thankfully, they do. Beautifully done gentlemen.
Song 10: “Lisbon”
Heard this one a few weeks ago, and loved it. Calling this one of the best tracks of the year right here.
Song 11: “While I Shovel the Snow”
There is something comforting and meditative about shoveling the snow. I get the feeling The Walkmen were trying to channel that into this closing track. I listen to this, and I realize that it’s going to be 100 degrees tomorrow, and I begin thinking to myself that I will probably be listening to a few of the songs off this album when the snow begins falling again.
Overall: Not a bad album. I’m not the hugest fan of The Walkmen, but they’re way better than a good number of bands who came long after they did, and are currently getting way more respect/money/blog love that The Walkmen deserve. This all sounds good, and if you like the band, you will probably love the shit out of this album.