The Walkmen - Heaven
Label: Fat Possum Records – FP1273-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Has pic inner sleeve
Released: 29 May 2012
Style: Indie Rock
A1 We Can't Be Beat 4:43
A2 Love Is Luck 3:26
A3 Heartbreaker 3:15
A4 The Witch 3:33
A5 Southern Heart 3:01
A6 Line By Line 5:05
B1 Song For Leigh 3:38
B2 Nightingales 4:03
B3 Jerry Jr.'s Tune 1:33
B4 The Love You Love 3:07
B5 Heaven 4:26
B6 No One Ever Sleeps 2:42
B7 Dreamboat 4:35
Manufactured By – Fat Possum Records
Distributed By – Fat Possum Records
Recorded At – Bear Creek Studios
Recorded At – Avast! Recording Co.
Mixed At – Avast! Recording Co.
Mastered At – Sterling Sound
Design – Elizabeth Spiridakis
Engineer [2nd Assistant At Bear Creek Studios] – Jerry Streeter
Engineer [Assistant] – Cameron Nicklaus
Mastered By – Greg Calbi
Percussion [Additional] – Morgan Henderson (tracks: B5)
Performer – Hamilton Leithauser, Matt Barrick, Paul Maroon, Peter Bauer , Walter Martin
Photography By – Arno Frugier
Producer, Engineer, Mixed By – Phil Ek
Strings – Erika Pierson (tracks: A3, A6), Jen Kozel (tracks: A3, A6), Jenn Glenn (tracks: A3, A6), Victoria Parker (tracks: A3, A6)
Vocals – Robin Pecknold (tracks: A1, B3, B6, B7)
Written-By – Walkmen, The
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A number of music critics have made a lot of the fact that this new album represents a mellowing of the Walkmen, now that they're all married with families, and no longer the angry young men bellowing over unrequited love. But the fact of the matter is that not every song on their early albums is as amped-up as their hard-driving classic, the Rat. They've always done a mix of upbeat rockers and more mellow slow burners. Here you get that mix again in masterful combination. If you like the hard-driving tunes, there are four in that great energetic, classic Walkmen mode -- the title song, "Heartbreaker," "Nightingales," and "The Love You Love."
On the latter, you can just picture Hamilton Leithauser in concert tilting his head back, pointing the mike up at the 45-degree angle as he does, and belting out his angry, yell. (No one sings/yells better than Ham.) It's the stuff that sends tingles down your spine. Just as I did with LISBON, I was admittedly concerned about the number of slower, ballady songs, because I'm naturally inclined to adrenaline-releasing songs and I most often listen to music when I'm working out, but I was surprised at how quickly the slower songs got under my skin and gradually impressed the heck out of me. The same thing happened here, only perhaps faster. I gave this a number of listens on NPR First Listen, and was surprised I was eager to give more listens to the song where Ham just calmly sings with minimal instrumentation.
The quiet, acoustic guitar plucking along that opens "Line by Line" is a perfect example of this. And the simple, beauty of a ballad like "Song for Leigh," in which Ham sings to his daughter, is impossible to resist. The "Witch," with its heavy keyboard opening, has that eerie, otherworldly sound that they occasionally pull out as they did for "On The Water" from YOU & ME. As one more extra bonus for this album, they have Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes doing background vocals on some songs, including the great, mellow, but beautiful opener, "We Can't Be Beat," in which Ham sings about the virtues of muddled reality vs. the ideal - "I don't need perfection ... give me a life that needs correction." It's another great Walkmen album -- I'm grateful they've produced six original material albums - and hope they keep doing it for years to come.
The Walkmen - Heaven
Trailer for the album
I love how the Walkmen release a new album every 2 years, just like the music industry's days of old. That's become a rarity today. They're in the prime of their career, writing the best stuff....so dependable, honest, and timeless.
The Walkmen - Heaven - Lowlands 2012
The Walkmen - We Can't Be Beat
The Walkmen - Line By Line
The Walkmen - Song For Leigh