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Lisbon by The Walkmen
Released: Sep 2010
Label: Fat Possum Records
Inspired by Elvis Presley and a trip to Lisbon, The Walkmen exercise great restraint on their sixth album. The 11-track set is potent in its minimalism; guitar, bass and drums rely very little on other supporting players, aside from the funereal horns of "Stranded." Held up by jangly guitar and waltzing rhythms, singer Hamilton Leithauser's weathered Bob Dylan/Tom Waits drawl is even more pronounced in the sparse setting. Though stripped down, the band remains versatile, from the galloping lament "Blue as Your Blood" to surf-rocker "Woe Is Me" to dreamy dirge "While I Shovel the Snow."
Stephanie Benson